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Brendan Dolan exits World Darts Championship while Daryl Gurney waits to begin glory bid

Brendan Dolan exited the World Darts Championship at the hands of Gary Anderson.
Brendan Dolan exited the World Darts Championship at the hands of Gary Anderson.

Northern Ireland's Brendan Dolan has been knocked out of the World Darts Championship by two-time winner Gary Anderson.

Dolan was beaten 3-0 on Monday evening as Anderson threw seven 180s and made a 144 checkout in the second set while his opponent claimed just a single leg.

The world number five will face Steve West, Ryan Searle or Robbie King in the last 32.

Dolan had eased past Nitin Kuma 3-0 in his opening round match on Sunday.

Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney, sixth in the PDC Order of Merit, doesn't begin his bid to reach the semi-final for the first time until Saturday evening, when he faces either Justin Pipe or Benjamin Pratnemer.

Earlier on Monday, England's Callan Rydz made a winning world championship debut as he edged out Ireland's Steve Lennon in a final-leg thriller.

Lennon took the opening set by winning three successive legs, but 21-year-old Rydz hit back to lead 2-1 without dropping a leg.

And after Lennon tied the match, the final set went to a fifth and deciding leg.

Rydz almost hit a 161 check-out, and after Lennon twice missed double 18 to take the match, Rydz finished with double two and booked his place in the second round.

There was success for another Irish player, though, as William O'Connor encountered few problems against Finnish qualifier Marko Kantele, winning 3-0.

O'Connor will face Welshman Gerwyn Price, the world number three, in round two.

Seventeen-year-old Irish prospect Keane Barry found the experience of Holland's Vincent Van Der Voort too much in their first-round clash.

Barry, the third youngest player to feature in the World Championship, had his moments, but Van Der Voort swept to a 3-0 victory to take his place in the second round

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