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Daryl Gurney safely through to second round of world championship

Daryl Gurney and Mensur Suljovic both made safe progress to the second round of the William Hill World Championship with victories on Monday evening at Alexandra Palace.

Northern Ireland's Gurney, the fourth seed, beat Ronny Huybrechts of Belgium 3-1, while fifth-seeded Austrian Suljovic saw off Kevin Painter, comfortably defeating the Englishman 3-0.

Suljovic, who faces Scot Robert Thornton in round two, was quoted on as saying: "Kevin beat me before and I told him on the stage that's 1-1 now so it's a good feeling, it's brilliant.

"I'm happy I'm here, this is brilliant playing on that stage with this crowd. It's amazing."

Veteran Paul Lim set up a second-round encounter with two-time champion Gary Anderson after seeing off Mark Webster in the final game of the night.

After cruising past Kai Fan Leung in the preliminary round earlier in the day, the 63-year-old beat world number 30 Webster 3-2 in an entertaining clash.

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