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Lewis aiming to hit hat-trick jackpot at Ally Pally

By Frank Brownlow

Adrian Lewis stepped up his bid for a world title hat-trick with a classy 3-0 win over Jan Dekker at Ally Pally, where five-time world snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan was an interested spectator.

In the kind of red hot atmosphere that might inspire The Rocket to the two world crowns he needs to match Stephen Hendry's all-time record, Jackpot played close to the level that saw him become world champion in 2011 and 2012.

"The first round is always tough so it's good to get over the line," he said.

Lewis kicked off with a 68 finish before Dekker produced back-to-back checkouts of 108 and 107.

Lewis threatened a nine-darter by starting the fourth leg with two 180s before taking out 93 to complete the leg in 11 darts.

He then hit a 174 and landed double five to take the first set.

Lewis wrapped up the second set 3-1 and came back from 2-0 down to clinch the third 3-2.

Jackpot's triumph over the Dutchman was the highlight of a night that saw the completion of the opening round of the £1.5million tournament.

Lewis will play again on Monday night against Andrew Gilding who beat former professional rugby player Gerwyn Price 3-0.

Gilding produced an incredible checkout in the opening leg, landing bull, bull, double 16 to complete a 132 combination.

The Suffolk thrower then pegged double 19 before the Welshman pinned double top but Gilding fired in his first 180 and took out 96 to win the set.

Gilding took out 118 but Price levelled with a 54 finish.

The 2015 UK Open semi-finalist edged back ahead by sinking double five and his third 180 helped to take him within a set of victory.

The pair exchanged 180s in the first leg, which Gilding won on tops. Gilding completed the victory with a 70 checkout.

Holland's Benito van de Pas beat Germany's Max Hopp 3-1 to set up a last-32 meeting against Belgium's Dimitri van den Burgh on Sunday afternoon.

Van de Pas hit a 180 in the opening leg, which he won before taking out 54 to double his advantage. Hopp cleaned up 64 but it was the Dutchman who took the set, landing double 16.

Van de Pas took out 82 but Hopp replied with an 81 finish.

Van de Pas hit 48 to edge the second set.

Hopp fell two legs behind but managed to pull a set back.

The Dutch ace's second 180 helped him move ahead before he completed the win on tops.

The darting action resumes on Boxing Day, the highlight Ulsterman Daryl Gurney's clash with world champion Gary Anderson.

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