Gerwyn Price fights back to beat Luke Woodhouse as Steve Beaton crashes out | PDC World Championship

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

Woodhouse, the current world No.50, got off to a flying start as he took the first set with an average of 104.95, with Price five doubles short and struggling for rhythm. Price posted an 83 finish to level the match at 1-1, and broke his opponent’s serve in the third leg of the next set, despite missing six more darts in doubles.

Price, the world No. 1 and 2021 champion, was able to close out the third set as his opponent’s form dipped badly, then made the bull go ahead in the fourth. The Welshman showed a glimpse of his best form in the next leg, checking out 150 to end his opponent’s fading resistance and progress to the third round.

“It was very tough, I should have been 2-0 down but I hung in there and it got better,” Price said afterwards. “I’ve never felt such nerves before – from the first moment I felt it big. I usually never have any problems.”

Another former world champion went out on Monday night, with the 1996 BDO winner, Steve Beatonoutclassed by the Dutch qualifier Danny van Trijp. Beaton was playing his 32nd consecutive World Cup, but it was the debutant who looked more confident. Van Trijp dropped the throw just once in a 3-0 win and will next face No. 7 seed Jonny Clayton.

Steve Beaton has made an early exit, losing to Danny van Trijp. Photo: Zac Goodwin/PA

Canada’s David Cameron remain in the draw after producing a dramatic comeback to beat Ritchie Edhouse – with help from an unexpected mascot. Down two sets and two legs, Cameron saw his English opponent miss six match darts – then bounced off eight legs in a row despite a wasp taking up residence on his shoulder.

“Sometimes you feel down but you have to stick with it,” Cameron told Sky Sports afterwards. Asked about the wasp that sparked social media, he replied: “It might be lucky or something, but I didn’t know it was there.” The 53-year-old, who also overcame a miscount in the final set to get over the line, meets Dutchman Danny Noppert in the second round.

CAMERON COMPLETES THE COMEBACK! πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

A wasp, a miscount and a remarkable comeback! That match had IT ALL!

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

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Jose de Sousa also fought back from two sets down to win a big name match with 2010 finalist Simon Whitlock in the afternoon session. The Portuguese star got off to a shaky start but won eight of the last 10 stages, landing at 114, 127 and 136. “This means the world to me,” De Sousa said afterwards. “When I was 2-0 down, I thought I had nothing to lose.”

Leonard Gates opened the evening session in style, with the Texan’s dance moves and big finishes getting the Ally Pally crowd on their side against Geert Nentjes. The Dutchman took the first set but struggled with his doubles – hitting six of 25 – allowing Gates to fight back to win 3-1. “This is the Mecca of darts,” the former baseball player said afterward. “It’s definitely another level.”

Earlier, Lewy Williams narrowly missed a nine-darter in the final leg but comfortably held off Niels Zonneveld to book a second-round meeting with Michael van Gerwen. The 20-year-old qualifier dropped his eighth dart but recovered to a treble 19 – only to cut the lead with his shot on double 12.

WILLIAMS WIRES PERFECTION! 🀯

HOW CLOSE WAS THAT?! Lewy Williams narrowly misses D12 for a match winning nine-darter but he gets over the line in the end with a sensational whitewash win!

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Danny Jansen battled Paolo Nebrida of the Philippines, the Dutch debutant earned a 3-2 victory after Nebrida fought back from two sets down. Andrew Gilding was also pushed throughout on his return to Palace after six years away, beating Wales’ Robert Owen by the same scoreline.

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