Petersen fights back to rock White in five-set showdown
Devon Petersen caused the latest big shock of the William Hill World Darts Championship as he came from 2-0 down to defeat Ian White at a raucous Alexandra Palace.
In the 21st five set thriller of this tournament, which is still in the second-round stage, the South African looked like he was heading for a sound beating with Ian White averaging well over 105 when winning six of the first seven legs of the match.
But Petersen rallied in the third set and won it 3-1 thanks to a 76 checkout to complete a timely 12-darter while he took the next by the same scoreline as momentum shifted.
The pair traded blows in the fifth and final set, which reached the tie-break stage at 2-2, but when White led 3-2, Petersen landed an amazing 125 checkout under incredible pressure.
He won a nervy seventh leg with both players missing a host of darts at doubles to move to within one of victory before finishing the job on tops after White had spurned a shot at the same target for a dramatic 120.
Benito van de Pas claimed an exhausting 3-2 victory over 2500/1 tournament outsider Jim Long after being one dart away from being the latest victim of a huge shock.
The Dutchman headed to Alexandra Palace after one of his most disappointing years on the circuit which has seen him slide down the rankings to 30, but he was still expected to breeze through against the 50-year-old Canadian.
Afterwards, Van de Pas, who averaged only 86, hit four 180s and hit 13 of his 34 darts at doubles, revealed his delight with the schedule that means he can now return home for Christmas before facing Peter Wright's conqueror Toni Alcinas in the round of 32. Kyle Anderson moved into the third round with a 3-1 success over Philippines ace Noel Malicdem.
And Steve West joined him following with a 3-1 success over Richard North.
John Henderson won a five-set thriller as he edged out Gabriel Clemens.
Keegan Brown reached round three with a 3-1 victory over Jelle Klaasen.
Klaasen edged the first set 3-1 but a 108 checkout helped Brown race through the second set 3-0.
Londonderry's Daryl Gurney faces Jamie Lewis in the third round this afternoon.