Wright marks return with fine win

22 December 2017 22:40:47 GMTPlus11

Peter Wright clinched an impressive 3-1 victory over Diego Portela in the first round of the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship on Thursday just weeks after being hospitalised with gallstones.

There were some doubts about whether Snakebite could participate in the biggest tournament of the season.

However, the UK Open winner recovered just in time and averaged 97.90 in his win. The number two seed is 1212/1 to lift his maiden world title in January and will now face Welshman Jamie Lewis in the second round when the competition resumes following the Christmas break.

Elsewhere on day eight of the tournament, Kim Huybrechts became the latest seed to fall in the first round when he was beaten 3-0 by James Richardson. The Englishman dropped just two legs in the whole match in what was his return to the Alexandra Palace after a five-year absence.

The Rascal has never been beyond the second round before in a world championship but will have the opportunity to produce a career-best run when he takes on Alan Norris next week. Richardson is 6/4 to win that match which would help him gain more ranking points as he attempts to finish the season in the world's top 50.

In Friday's session, defending champion Michael van Gerwen faces James Wilson. Mighty Mike had the highest average of the first round when he beat Christian Kist 3-1.

Van Gerwen is 1/33 to get past Wilson and remain on course to retain his title next month.

Lethal Biscuit is involved in the second round of the tournament for the first time in his career. The former two-time BDO major winner joined the PDC in 2015 and will be looking to produce what would be a huge upset if he was to knock out the world number one.

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