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Dolan sets up a clash with Cullen

By Robert Jones

Brendan Dolan made it three straight sets wins in a row with an impressive victory over the Chinese qualifier Yuanjun Liu at the William Hill World Darts Championship in yesterday's afternoon session.

The Fermanagh man hit an average of 87 with a high checkout of 141 in dropping just one leg on the way to the win.

There was a lot of nerves to Liu's game and with Dolan's experience, he took advantage.

World number 36 Dolan now has a second-round match with 14th seed Joe Cullen on Wednesday. If he beats Cullen a first appearance in the last 32 awaits.

On Saturday, Tyrone man Mickey Mansell bowed out of the championship after losing 3-1 against Canada's Jim Long.

Championship debutant Kevin Burness bowed out in the second round on Friday night after losing 3-1 to two-time champion Gary Anderson.

Earlier on Friday, Newtownards man Burness beat England's Paul Nicholson 3-0 in his first-round match.

Recent Players' Championship winner Daryl Gurney, from Londonderry, will begin his challenge in round two on Tuesday evening against Englishman Ross Smith.

There was no fairytale this year for the Singapore Slinger Paul Lim as Smith ran out a comfortable 3-1 winner.

Fifth seed Gurney's best performance at Alexandra Palace was reaching the quarter-finals two years ago, when he lost to Michael van Gerwen.

Dave Chisnall produced an incredible comeback from 2-0 down to defeat Josh Payne 3-2 in the second round.

Darius Labanauskas came back from 1-0 down to defeat Matthew Edgar 3-1 in round one.

Luke Humphries defeated Adam Hunt 3-0 in the first round.

There was a big surprise last night as England's Peter Wright, the world number three, went down to Spain's Toni Alcinas 3-1.

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