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Brendan Dolan turns on style to earn battle with Michael Smith

By Robert Jones

The Ulster challenge at the William Hill World Darts Championship is still alive after Brendan Dolan crushed Nolan Arendse at Alexandra Palace.

After Tyrone man Mickey Mansell and Londonderry's Daryl Gurney had both tasted defeat, Dolan was left flying the flag and he cruised to a 3-0 victory.

The South African Masters champion from Cape Town was no match for the 41-year-old who produced a professional display.

Arendse was in action earlier in the night, overcoming Alex Hon 4-0, a whitewash that earned him a shot at the Fermanagh man.

But Dolan was in red hot form, winning every single leg of the contest.

Dolan will now take on Michael Smith in the second round after the Englishman hit nine 180s to get the better of Mensur Suljovic 3-1.

Tyrone man Mansell went down 3-0 to world number 18 Kim Huybrechts on Sunday.

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.

Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld began his challenge in ruthless fashion as he swept aside Austrian youngster Rowby-John Rodriguez 3-0.

Van Barneveld ditched his glasses and the move paid off as he hit the two highest finishes in the tournament of 167 and 170 during a one-sided first round tussle.

But Jamie Caven had more than a few problems with his doubles as well as with shaking off Jason Hogg before completing a 3-2 victory in the first round.

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