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Brendan Dolan bids for winning start after Mansell loss

By Staff Reporter

Brendan Dolan should win tonight to maintain the local challenge at the World Championship at Alexandra Palace following last night's defeat for fellow-Ulsterman Mickey Mansell.

Tyrone player Mansell struggled to repeat the good form he has shown all year when going down 3-0 to world number 18 Kim Huybrechts.

The Belgian thrower acknowledged afterwards that Mansell had been nowhere near his brilliant best.

"Mickey is a really good player who has played really well against me before so I was a bit worried going into the game," said Huybrechts.

"It was a good victory for me but Mickey can play so much better."

The third Ulster player in the £1.25m tournament, Daryl Gurney, battled his way though the preliminary round, beating Scott McKenzie 4-3.

In the first round proper, the Londonderry player was beaten 3-1 by world number 24 Ronnie Baxter.

Dolan, meanwhile, will face the winner of the preliminary round between Nolan Arendse and Alex Hon, the pair clashing a couple of hours before the Fermanagh man is due on the oche.

"I don't know a whole lot about either player so I will have a look at their match," said the 41-year-old.

"But the plan is very much to concentrate on my own game and hopefully that will be enough to see me through," added Dolan, who travels home to Belcoo after the match.

If Dolan wins tonight that will mean a return to London at the weekend to tackle the winner of Michael Smith and Mensur Suljovic, who also play tonight.

That second round showdown will take place next Monday.

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