Noppert sets up McGeeney clash

09 January 2018 22:30:12 GMTPlus11

Last year's runner-up Danny Noppert is through to the second round of the 2018 BDO World Darts Championship after comfortably beating Richie Edwards 3-0.

Noppert, who lost to Glen Durrant 7-3 in the final in 2017, is in the bottom half of the draw and therefore could meet the number one seed again if both can progress through their next three matches.

Edwards was a late replacement for number 15 seed James Hurrell but had no answers for the Finder Masters winner. Noppie can now be backed at 1212/1 to go one better than 12 months ago. He is 1/3 to eliminate the number two seed Mark McGeeney when the pair meet on Thursday.

There was also a victory on Monday for the three-time semi-finalist Daryl Fitton, who is playing in his 16th world championship this year. The Dazzler overcame Australian qualifier Justin Thompson 3-2 in a tight first round contest.

Both players won their opening two sets without dropping a leg, however, in the final set they were able to hold their throw. Fitton needed something special to try and break, and he was able to do that with a maximum 170 checkout before sealing the match.

Fitton will now face the defending champion Durrant in the second round, where he is 9/2 to cause an upset against Duzza. The pair last met in this tournament in 2015 when Durrant defeated the Dazzler 5-2 in the quarter-final.

Number three seed Jamie Hughes begins his campaign on Tuesday evening at Lakeside when he takes on qualifier Michael Unterbuchner. The 31-year-old lost in the semi-final last year against Durrant but is a former Major tournament winner as he was successful in the 2014 Finder Masters. The Englishman is 1212/1 to win his maiden world title on Sunday.

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