So the PDC World Championship is finally off and running and Day One didn't disappoint.
First up was Jeffrey de Zwaan versus Nitin Kumar. From the off,de Zwaan was flying and took the first leg with relative ease. Kumar did show that he wasn't an 'also ran' though and held his own, but de Zwaan's experience was too much and he eased to a 3-0 victory.
Next came Martin Schindler versus Cody Harris. Harris was quick out of the blocks, while Schindler couldn't find a treble. Harris took the first set quite comfortably. However Schindler rallied and brought the game back to 2-2. Despite being a slight underdog, Harris hit the big numbers when needed. At times his doubles let him down, but he kept his composure throughout and came away an eventual 3-2 winner, although Schindler definitely had his chances.
The big match of the night saw Lisa Ashton take on Jan Dekker. The pressure was on both players and the crowd were firmly with Ashton. This seemed to spur Ashton has she took the first Set with a 107 average. However, Dekker gained composure and hit consistent darts to quickly fight back and go 2-1 up. The 4th set was close but Dekker eventually came through. Ashton was a winner regardless of the result as she showed the way forward for Women's darts.
The first second round match of the competition, saw reigning World Champion Rob Cross take on Jeffrey de Zwaan ,in his second match of the night. The pundits saw an upset coming and de Zwaan took the first set. However Rob Cross showed some of his class and quickly drew level with some great finishing. He then took a 2-1 lead and piled the pressure on de Zwaan. This pressure took its toll in the 4th set as Cross upped his game and won 3-1.
So a good first night and perhaps Cody Harris' win was the first shock, (although marginally). With 8 games on Friday, there are bound to be a few surprises.
Day One Results
Jeffrey de Zwaan 3-0 Nitin Kumar
Cody Harris 3-2 Martin Schindler
Jan Dekker 3-1 Lisa Ashton (R1)
Rob Cross 3-1 Jeffrey De Zwaan
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