Journey worth all the effort for darts star Vincent
Vincent van der Voort defied the London snow to whitewash Dylan Duo and reach the last 32 of the 2009 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship last night.
The Dutchman endured a nightmare journey on Sunday night after his plane was cancelled, meaning he caught a ferry from France before then having to walk three miles to Alexandra Palace yesterday afternoon after heavy snow in north London.
But he produced a polished display to see off the Duo without dropping a leg to book a second round clash with Kevin Painter next week.
Van der Voort started the match with a 92 finish on the bullseye and he doubled the lead in the second leg, which included a maximum and a double four finish.
The second leg saw van der Voort miss seven darts at doubles, but Duo, making his debut at the World Championships, failed to apply the pressure and the 18th seed landed double four to break.
Van der Voort wrapped up the set in the next leg, and then opened up the third set by hitting double eight with his last dart with Duo waiting to pounce on double ten.
Van der Voort sealed victory in quick fashion by taking the next two legs, hitting a 13-darter which included a 177 score before landing a second maximum in a 12-darter to seal victory.
"My plane was cancelled so I drove to Dunkirk, ended up getting the last boat at midnight on Sunday, and arrived at the hotel in the early hours," he said.
"I left at 3pm to come across to Alexandra Palace but had to walk for the last three miles because of the snow.”
The weather conditions also delayed former world champion John Part’s first round encounter with Toon Greebe last night.