Ryan Searle stuns Mensur Suljovic in the Second Round as Norris and King win World Championship tie break thrillers

Ryan Searle reacts (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Mensur Suljovic became the latest big name to tumble at the 2018/19 World Championship as he went down 3-1 to Ryan Searle in Round Two, while Alan Norris and Mervyn King progressed in dramatic tie break sets.

Searle, the world number 61, continued his dream debut run at Alexandra Palace by subjecting number seven seed Suljovic to yet another early exit in the sport's show-piece event.

It was Suljovic who came flying out of the blocks to take the first set with six 180s to his name, before Searle fired in a 120 checkout on the way sealing set two by three legs to one to restore parity.

Searle then took out 82 to level set three at one apiece and clinched the next two legs to to seal it and take the outright lead.

Searle opened up a 2-0 lead in set four, and though Suljovic clung on, it was the Devon ace who got over the line, defying ten maximums from the World Matchplay runner-up.

"I am over the moon," said Searle, who will take on William O'Connor in Round Three.

"Mensur was awesome in the first set but I managed to find my game. 

"He was hitting everything and I was thinking - if he carries on like this, I'm going to get smashed 3-0, I've got no hope.

"I'm really happy to have done so well having only just squeaked into the tournament."

Norris won a thrilling contest against Ireland's Steve Lennon which went all the way to a nail-biting sudden-death leg.

The pair could not be separated after four sets and four legs, forcing a tie-break and eventually a last-leg shoot-out.

Lennon won the bull but a 180 put Norris in control and he took out 81 to set up a third round meeting with Ryan Joyce.

"Determination got me through that one," said Norris, who was making his first televised appearance since February.

"I've had rough year but I've been on the practice board and started wearing glasses and I feel like I'm coming back.

"Simon Whitlock gave me his glasses to try and since then I can actually see again. They've made a huge difference and I hope things are on the up now."  

King fended off a spirited fightback from Jan Dekker to edge a tie-break in a dramatic contest.

King appeared to be coasting to victory when he won the first two sets but Dekker took out 100 in the deciding leg of the third set after a chance to win the match went begging.

The Dutchman went on to level and took the match into overtime when the final set reached two apiece but King regained his composure to win the two legs he required to progress.

"I made hard work of it," admitted King, who had thrown away a two-set lead to lose in the Last 64 at Ally Pally 12 months ago.

"I should have won that easily but I knew Jan would come good at some point in the match because he is a great player.

"I was happy with how I played but I have been practising really well. The important thing was getting over this hurdle and hopefully my practice game will come out later in the tournament."

Adrian Lewis produced his best quality at key moments in a straight sets defeat of Ted Evetts.

The two-time World Champion won deciding legs in each of the first two sets with 14 and 13 dart legs, before an 11-darter helped him seal the third set 3-1.

"I thought it was a great game," said Lewis, who famously suffered a shock First Round defeat at the hands of Kevin Munch 12 months ago. 

"I did feel some pressure coming into this tournament but I've been playing really well in practice and I'm confident I can do really well.

Lewis, who will face Darius Labanauskas in the last 32 after the Lithuanian claimed a shock win against Raymond Van Barneveld, added: "I wanted to play Barney. I mean that from the heart.

"I think he deserved that big match. He's only got a couple of years left of playing and it was sad to see him lose.

"It won't change my approach because it will be an equally tough game against Darius."

Cristo Reyes came from two sets behind to defeat Rowby-John Rodriguez, becoming the second Spanish player to reach the Last 32 - following Toni Alcinas' win over Peter Wright.

Reyes produced four finishes of over 100 as he punished Austrian youngster Rodriguez for missed opportunities to set up a third round clash with defending champion Rob Cross. 

Luke Humphries continued his landmark campaign as he produced a highly impressive performance to defeat 2014 Lakeside Champion Stephen Bunting 3-1.

Humphries wrapped up the first set courtesy of a stunning 142 checkout in the deciding leg and followed up with a 136 finish en route to taking the second set and doubling his advantage.

Bunting clinched the third set 3-1 to grab a lifeline, but 2018 Development Tour winner Humphries made no mistake in closing out the win with seven 180s and a 95.5 average.

"If you'd have told me this two years ago, I wouldn't have believed you," admitted Humphries.

"That game was a lot harder than the first one, I was tested there at the right times and I thought the experience was going to prevail for Stephen.

"That 88 to win the match was absolutely huge," he added.

Chris Dobey stormed to a straight sets rout of Steve Beaton, dropping just two legs in booking his place in the Last 32 at Ally Pally.

The pivotal moment came in the deciding leg of the first set as Dobey took out 88 on the bullseye to go ahead before reeling off six legs on the spin to dispatch the 1996 BDO World Champion.

The afternoon session began with a routine straight sets victory for Jermaine Wattimena over 2018 Challenge Tour winner Michael Barnard.

The highlight for the quickfire Dutchman was a 130 checkout as he set up a third round meeting with Gary Anderson. 

World Darts Championship 2018/19 Results


Thursday December 20

Second Round

Afternoon Session 
Jermaine Wattimena 3-0 Michael Barnard
Alan Norris 3-2 Steve Lennon
Stephen Bunting 1-3 Luke Humphries
Steve Beaton 0-3 Chris Dobey
 
Evening Session
Cristo Reyes 3-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Mervyn King 3-2 Jan Dekker
Adrian Lewis 3-0 Ted Evetts
Mensur Suljovic 1-3 Ryan Searle



Darts Deals United States
Change Location

*Terms & Conditions apply. Gamble Responsibly. 18+.

Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Ryan Searle stuns Mensur Suljovic in the Second Round as Norris and King win World Championship tie break thrillers

Mensur Suljovic became the latest big name to tumble at the 2018/19 World Championship as he went down 3-1 to Ryan Searle in Round Two, while Alan Norris and Mervyn King progressed in dramatic tie break sets.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages