Two-time winner Adrian Lewis sneaked through his World Darts Championship opener last night despite missing an array of doubles.
Lewis registered a 3-0 first-round win over Magnus Caris but will need to improve his doubling if he is to threaten the latter stages of a tournament that he won consecutively in 2011 and 2012.
It took Lewis until the third set before he broke the throw of Caris, the World No.80 who has now lost 10 first-round ties at the World Championship. Lewis, the fifth seed, only scored 31 per cent of doubles and averaged 93.25.
Mervyn King survived a marathon to steal the deciding set against Steve West, who missed four darts for the match.
West first erred at 2-0 ahead, handing King a chance to reduce the deficit. West then missed another chance in the next set, and the scrappy King drew level.
Even the fifth set couldn't separate the pair, and a last-leg sudden death shoot-out loomed. Leading 3-2 in the set, West twice missed to end the match.
At 4-4, nine combined doubles went astray before King went ahead for the first time in the match - he then held his throw to sneak into the next round where he faces Michael Smith.