Van Gerwen breezes past Wilson

23 December 2017 20:05:42 GMTPlus11

Michael van Gerwen averaged 108.65, the highest of the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship so far, in his 4-0 victory over James Wilson on Friday night as he advanced to the last 16 of the competition.

The defending champion and world number one did not drop a leg in his whitewash victory as he outscored his opponent, who had only four doubles in the whole match. Mighty Mike was also on top form with his finishing as he produced check-outs of 142 and 164 in a dominant display.

Van Gerwen is 8/15 to lift his third world title on 1st January in what would be his seventh major PDC tournament success of the season. The Dutchman will face number 16 seed Gerwyn Price following the Christmas break.

Meanwhile, the world number three Gary Anderson is also safely through to the third round as he overcame Paul Lim 4-1 in their encounter at the Alexandra Palace. The Flying Scotsman won the opening seven legs of the match to race into a 2-0 lead. Lim hit back to clinch the third set but Anderson quickly got back on track to take the final two sets.

Although he was defeated, Lim produced one of his best performances on the Alexandra Palace stage. The 64-year-old came within one dart of hitting a nine-darter. The Singapore Slinger hit eight perfect darts before missing double 12 for what would have been a piece of history.

The 16-time world champion Phil Taylor returns to the stage on Saturday evening for his second-round contest against Justin Pipe. The Power is 1/12 to win the clash in what is his last tournament as a professional.

Taylor is the most successful player in the history of the sport and has only twice in his whole career failed to make it through to the last 16 of the competition.

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