- PDC World Darts Championship
Wade & Webster both confirm progress
Last year's semi-finalist James Wade put concerns about his form to rest as he moved into the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship.
Wade, 29, claimed a 3-0 win against Peter Hudson to book a meeting with either Steve Beaton or Kyle Anderson in the next round.
Wade, who came within one dart of last year's final at Alexandra Palace before being on the receiving end of one of the greatest comebacks in darts history, needed a staggering 23 darts to clinch the opening leg of his meeting with Hudson - but improved greatly from there to progress without dropping a set.
"Not very good, but it was good enough," was Wade's assessment of the performance. "I thought it was going to be really, really good after practising so hard over the last six weeks.
"But I beat a good player there. I'm through to the next round, and with a bit of luck I'll produce in the next round."
Earlier, Mark Webster dropped a single set as he reached the second round with a 3-1 win over Ian White.
Webster, who worked hard to claim a 2-0 advantage in the opening phase of the match, made about his only mistake of the match with the legs tied at 2-2 in the third - as he missed six successive darts to close out the match, leaving White to stumble into a fourth set.
But that comical passage of play did not open the door for a memorable turnaround, as Webster simply upped his game in the final frame to put the tie to bed.
In the evening's opening match, meanwhile, Peter Wright romped to a 3-0 victory against Arron Monk. There was then drama in the final game, as John Bowles - who won his preliminary match earlier in the session - came through a dramatic tiebreak to defeat Jamie Calven 3-2.