Jeroen Price struggles to defeat Luke Woodhouse while Steve Beaton crashes

Jeroen Price suffered an early scare in the PDC World Championship opener against Luke Woodhouse, but fought back to win the match 3-1 at Alexandra Palace.

Woodhouse, currently ranked 50 in the world, got off to a solid start taking the first set at an average of 104.95, with Price missing five doubles and struggling for pace. Price scored 83 points to level the match at 1–1, breaking his opponent’s dart in the second leg of the next set, despite missing another six darts in the doubles.

1 and 2021 PDC world champion, Price managed to finish out the third set as his opponent’s level faltered badly, then landed the bullseye to move forward into the fourth. The Welshman showed a glimpse of his best form in the next round, with a 150 checkout to end his opponent’s fading resistance and advance to the third round.

“That was really tough, I should have been 2-0 down but I stayed there and got better,” Price said. “I’ve never been on such nerves before — right from the start, I felt like it was a big time. I don’t usually have a problem.”

The former world champion is out on Monday night, with the 1996 BDO winner, Steve Peytonwho was outclassed by the Dutch qualifier Danny Van Trip. Beaton was making his 32nd consecutive World Series appearance, but the newcomer was looking more confident. Van Trigg only missed his putt once in the 3-0 win and will face No. 7 seed, Johnny Clayton.

Steve Peyton and Danny Van Tripp.
Steve Beaton (left) went out early and lost to Danny Van Trip. Photo: Zach Goodwin/PA

Canada David Cameron He’s still in the draw after producing a dramatic comeback to take on Richie Edhouse – with the help of an unlikely mascot. After falling two sets and two legs down, Cameron saw his English opponent miss a six dart – then smashed through eight legs in a row despite a Wasp on his shoulder.

“Sometimes you get down and out, but you have to stick with that,” Cameron told Sky Sports afterwards. Asked about the wasp that caused a stir on social media, he added, “It might be lucky or something, but I didn’t know it was there.” The 53-year-old, who also overcame a mistake in the final set to cross the line, will face Dutchman Danny Noppert in the second round.

The camera is back! 🇨🇦

Wasp, a miscalculation and a great comeback! That match was everything!

David Cameron wins nine of the last ten matches to snatch the match from Edhouse!

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Jose de Souza He also fought back from two sets to win a big fight with 2010 finalist Simon Whitlock in the afternoon session. The Portuguese superstar got off to a shaky start but won eight of his last 10 bouts, finishing relegated to the competition on 114th, 127th and 136th. “It means the world to me,” de Souza said afterwards. “When I was 2-0 down, I thought I had nothing to lose.”

Leonard Gates He opened the evening session in style, with Texas dance moves and big finishes that had the Ally Pally crowd on his side against Geert Nentjes. The Dutchman took the first set but struggled in doubles – scoring just six out of 25 – allowing the Jets to fight back and win 3-1. “This is Mecca for darts,” the former baseball player said afterwards. “It’s definitely a different level.”

Earlier, Wells Leo Williams He narrowly missed a nine-shooter in the first leg but comfortably edged Nils Zonnefeld to book a second-round meeting with Michael van Gerwen. The 20-year-old dropped his eighth dart but recovered to score 19 – only to cut the cord with his double 12 shot.

Williams Wire Perfection! 🤯

How was that ?! Louie Williams narrowly misses D12 in a match winning nine darts but crosses the line at the end with an awesome win!

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Danny Jansen He fought Paulo Nebreda of the Philippines, with the Dutch newcomer winning 3-2 after battling Nebreda from two sets down. England Andrew Gilding He was also pushed all the way on his return to the minors after six years, beating Robert Owen of Wales by the same score.


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