World number one Mark McGeeney is through to the second round of the 2018 BDO World Darts Championship after beating three-time Lakeside winner Martin Adams 3-2 on the opening day of this year's tournament, with the match determined following a sudden-death leg.
McGeeney has been the most consistent player on the BDO circuit over the last 12 months so he is expected to do well this year in the world championship. He held his nerve in the final leg of the match against the Lakeside legend to hit double 20 and book a spot in the second round.
Adams, who was playing in his 25th world championship, had the throw in the 11th leg of the fifth set but was unable to take advantage against Gladiator. McGeeney is now 9/2 to lift the trophy on 14th January and claim his maiden major BDO crown.
Last year's runner-up Danny Noppert also kept his run going in this year's tournament as he saw off the American Joe Chaney in the preliminary round 3-0. Noppie averaged 94.89 in his first game at Lakeside since he lost 7-3 to Glen Durrant in last year's final.
Noppert recently won the Finder Masters, the last major competition before the world championship. The Dutchman will return to action on Monday to face Richie Edwards. He is 1/9 to win that contest.
In Sunday night's action at Lakeside, number seven seed Wesley Harms is in action against Wayne Warren. Sparky has reached the semi-final twice before but was knocked out in the first round in 2017.
Harms is 4/11 to beat Warren and his reward will be a clash against his fellow Dutchman Willem Mandigers if he wins.
There are also two preliminary matches on Sunday as Chris Landman faces Derk Telnekes, while in the opening game on the oche, Sweden's Dennis Nilsson meets Jeffrey Sparidaans.
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