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Dolan falls to ruthless Anderson in Worlds

By Andrew Baldock

Brendan Dolan has crashed out of the PDC World Championship at the second round stage.

The Fermanagh man was swept aside by Scotland's Gary Anderson 4-1.

Anderson, the 2011 finalist, wrapped up victory in the fifth set following a convincing performance.

Dolan, 40, won two recent ranking tournaments and went into the Alexandra Palace championship as 15th seed. Anderson won the opening three sets and missed a number of doubles to close out the match in the fourth set.

However, the Scot regrouped to take the fifth set with his 97.97 match scoring average ultimately proving the difference despite his difficulties with finishing.

Belcoo man Dolan's scoring average was 90.1 and while his finishing percentage of 53.85 was better than the Scot's, the Ulsterman's struggles with scoring proved his undoing.

Dolan, who had progressed to round two by beating England's Colin Osborne 3-0, has also exited at the second-round stage in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The 16-time world champion Phil Taylor crashed out of the World Championship at the weekend following a 4-3 defeat to Michael Smith. Taylor had survived a scare in his first round game and looked out of sorts occasionally, however, he still managed to level the game at two legs each in the last of the seven sets.

That meant that a player must win by two legs and, when Smith held his throw to go 3-2 ahead, he was in the box seat. 'The Power' had a slow start to the next leg which game Smith a chance and he was first to the board to attempt a finish.

Taylor was sitting on 72 but, with Smith facing a 128 checkout, he hit single 18, treble 20 and nailed the bullseye to secure one of the biggest shocks in the history of the sport. Also in the second round, Wes Newton overcame John Part 4-0 whileSimon Whitlock beat Jarkko Komula by the same margin. Kevin Painter also swept aside Paul Nicholson 4-0.

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