The World Grand Prix darts tournament is set to continue in Dublin this evening after an eventful opening night of the much enjoyed competition.
In perhaps the most dramatic result of the evening, John Part fought back to defeat reigning World Champion Adrian Lewis
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‘Darth Maple’ recovered after losing the first five legs to win the match, with Lewis wasting several opportunities to secure victory.
It was a shock result, but this is what this tournament is all about and the crowd loved the entertainment on show.
Despite offering up less drama, James Wade also put on an impressive display yesterday evening, dropping only one leg as he won in straight sets against Steve Brown.
Raymond van Barneveld was also dominant during his clash with Mervyn King, completing a 100 checkout with a double 10 in the process.
Elsewhere, there were victories for Brendan Dolan, Andy Smith and John Henderson.
Tonight brings another dose of excitement though as nine-time champion of this event, Phil Taylor takes to the oche in search of his 10th title.
He begins his bid with the opening match of tonight’s action against Peter Wright, a Scotsman currently ranked at No.32 in the world. This should be a straight forward win for Taylor, but stranger things have happened in this fast-paced tournament.
In the best of the rest of tonight’s schedule, Gary Anderson takes on Richie Burnett while Simon Whitlock will have no easy task against the ever competitive Terry Jenkins. This could up being one of the matches of the evening, no doubt about that.
Looking at who is favourite to win the tournament at this early stage, it is no surprise that Taylor – who is part of the action from 7pm tonight – is leading the way, closely followed by Anderson, Wade and van Barneveld