Nathan Aspinall sends Gerwyn Price packing at the World Darts Championship as Petersen stuns White

Aspinall celebrates a famous scalp (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Nathan Aspinall produced an astonishing comeback from two sets down to dump Gerwyn Price out of the 2018/19 World Championship in Round Two on Friday, as Devon Petersen also battled back from the brink to dispatch Ian White.

Another remarkable day of upsets at Alexandra Palace saw the number of seeds to crash out in the Last 64 total 13 as the bottom section of the draw was blown further open.

Aspinall, the world number 73, pulled off an unthinkable fightback as he survived a match dart from sixth seed Price before reeling off three unanswered sets to reach the Last 32 in his debut campaign.

"This is absolutely massive for me and my family, and I'm not done yet," said Aspinall, who will take on Kyle Anderson in Round Three.

"I know what I can do and I knew if I played my game I could win, even at 2-0 down I thought I would still win and I never gave up.

"Going full-time this year was a big risk for me and my family, but winning a ProTour event along with this win tonight gives me security and I couldn't be happier.

"I always got overlooked, I know how good I am and what I can do."

Price took the opening set with a 180 and a 97 checkout in the deciding leg before producing a 124 checkout on the way to another decider in set two - which he clinched courtesy of a 72 finish to double his lead.

The third also followed a similar trend as the first four legs were shared, but after Price missed a match dart at the bullseye, Aspinall took out 91 to snatch it and grab a lifeline.

The Stockport ace then landed a 92 checkout to kick off set four and went on to lead 2-1 before powering in a sensational 140 checkout to wrap it up and force a fifth set shoot-out.

The youngster went in front for the first time since the opening before doubling his lead by hitting double five, and Price had no response as 'The Asp' sunk double 16 to complete a famous victory.

Another memorable comeback on the night saw South African's Petersen come from two sets behind to stun world number eleven Ian White in a thrilling tie break.

White, a winner of three PDC titles in 2018, got off to a flying start as he took the opening two sets for the loss of just one leg with an average of over 110.

However, a dramatic turn of events saw Petersen, starring in his sixth World Championship, rattle in five 180s to win both the third and fourth sets 3-1 to take the match to a deciding set.

The pair exchanged breaks of throw, followed by two holds to take the contest to a tie-break before Petersen struck a crucial break to go 4-3 up, and then found double ten with his second match dart to clinch victory.

"This is the biggest win of my life, I couldn't be happier right now," admitted Petersen.

"I love playing on the Ally Pally stage, it's a magnificent showcase for me to show my best game and to show people what I'm all about.

"Over the last 18 months I've been adapting my throwing style, which is why I haven't had great results on the tour, but I'm glad that my best game is coming through now when it matters most."

Dimitri Van den Bergh produced the highest winning average of the tournament so fr (104.45) in an impressive 3-1 triumph over world number 15 Jonny Clayton.

Van den Bergh, a quarter-finalist 12 months ago, got off to a rip-roaring start, winning the opening set 3-0 with a trio of 13-darters before Clayton fired in three 180s on his way to winning the second set 3-1 to level the contest.

Van den Bergh took set three 3-1 and then came back from 2-0 down in the fourth set, kick-started by a 108 finish, to reel off three successive legs for the win and a Third Round meeting with Luke Humphries.

"I am so happy with how I played tonight but I know this is how I need to play if I’m going to become World Champion," said back-to-back World Youth Champion Van den Bergh.

"I wasn't feeling comfortable in myself in my first round game but since then I spent a lot of hours on the practice board with my dad which gave me the perfect preparation to produce this performance.

"As long as I keep working hard and believing in my dreams, anything can happen."

The opening game of the day saw Benito van de Pas survive a match dart before defeating Jim Long 3-2 in a dramatic tie-break.

Competing in his fifth consecutive World Championship, Van de Pas took the opening two sets with the concession of just two legs, only for Canadian Qualifier Long to fight back with two sets of his own to take the match to a deciding set.

With nothing to separate the pair at 2-2 in the fifth set, the game went to a tie-break with Long missing a dart at tops for the match at 3-2.

Van de Pas fought back with three successive legs, winning it with a stunning 150 finish and he will now face Spain's Toni Alcinas.

Superior finishing proved to be the difference for Steve West as he ran out a 3-1 winner over a resilient Richard North with six 180s and a show-piece 164 checkout.

John Henderson came through a high-quality five-set contest with Gabriel Clemens to set up a meeting with Michael Smith.

Former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown will take on James Wade in a rematch of last year's first round after coming from a set down to defeat former semi-finalist Jelle Klaasen 3-1.

World Darts Championship 2018/19 Results


Friday December 21

Second Round

Afternoon Session
Benito van de Pas 3-2 Jim Long
John Henderson 3-2 Gabriel Clemens
Steve West 3-1 Richard North
Kyle Anderson 3-1 Noel Malicdem
 
Evening Session
Ian White 2-3 Devon Petersen
Jelle Klaasen 1-3 Keegan Brown
Gerwyn Price 2-3 Nathan Aspinall
Jonny Clayton 1-3 Dimitri van den Bergh



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