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PDC World Championship: Fermanagh's Brendan Dolan is feeling good after World opener

By Graham Luney

Fermanagh man Brendan Dolan has made a flying start at the PDC World Championship. The 43-year-old was in red-hot form to beat Dutchman Christian Kist 3-1 in the first round at London's Alexandra Palace.

The former World Grand Prix finalist averaged over 95 and took out a 102 finish in an assured display against Kist, who reached a Players Championship final in 2016.

"I was happy with that - especially my finishing," said the man from Belcoo, who had a double success rate of 56 per cent.

"I've struggled for 18 months but my form is coming back. Around October or November my game started to improve.

"I've got more determination, confidence and drive than ever before and I'm so pleased to get through.

"I never really have had a good run here but on that World Championship stage, anything is possible."

Dolan, the World No.23, won nine of the 13 legs to join compatriot Daryl Gurney in the next stage but he will keep his feet firmly on the ground as he has never been beyond the second round in his nine appearances at the PDC World Championship.

He took the opening set 3-0 as he won two legs against the throw. Kist, who won the BDO World Championship at Lakeside in 2012, clinched the second set 3-0 but Dolan quickly regained control to win the next two sets, 3-0 and 3-1.

He can now look forward to a meeting on December 28 with the winner of the all-Dutch first-round encounter between Jelle Klaasen and Jeffrey de Graff.

Five-time World champion Raymond van Barneveld crushed Robbie Green 3-0. Debutant Green had no answer to the Dutchman, who was in imperious form.

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