Ronny rocks Ally Pally in thrilling win
Ronny Huybrechts stormed through to the second round of the World Championship at Ally Pally in London with a stunning 3-2 tie break success over Dean Winstanley.
The pair traded blows thoughout a hard-fought contest before the Belgian won the deciding set 6-4 to set up a last-32 showdown in the £1.5million showpiece event against Peter Wright on Monday night.
With the match tied at two sets all and four legs apiece, Huybrechts produced an amazing 164 checkout when the Yorkshireman was waiting on tops and, with Winstanley again waiting on a double, Huybrechts took out 104 to seal a dramatic win.
After tonight's action, when two-time world champion Adrian Lewis will attempt to get the better of Jan Dekker in the feature match, the tournament resumes on Boxing Day when Ulsterman Daryl Gurney will top the bill against defending champion Gary Anderson.
And although the Scot will start as hot favourite, the Londonderry thrower has the psychological advantage of a 10-4 victory over Anderson at the Players Championship in Minehead just four weeks previously.
Gurney, who has to travel back to London tomorrow thus missing Christmas Day at home, said: "I am confident that if I play as well as I can, I can win the match."
Ricky Evans has asked for Christmas Day off work to help him prepare for his second round match with Jamie Caven.
The 25-year-old works in a petrol station and had a surprise win over number 10 seed Simon Whitlock to set up a clash with Caven on Boxing Day.
"I am meant to be working but I don't want to do Christmas Day," said Evans. "I don't want to prepare for my Boxing Day clash by working in a garage."
Evans, from Kettering, said the support from the crowd "played a big part" in helping him clinch the first round win which guarantees him at least £15,000 in prize money.
"When I won the third set the crowd started singing 'God Save The Queen' and 'There is only one Ricky Evans'," he said.
"I was getting goosebumps while I was throwing my darts.
"I personally feel like the crowd won me that game, they were that brilliant."