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Van Gerwen cruises past Wilson at Ally Pally, Anderson overcomes Lim

The defending champion was in no mood to hang around, posting a three-dart average of 108.65.

Michael van Gerwen (file pic).
Michael van Gerwen (file pic).

Updated at 11.28

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN put on a clinical display to dispatch James Wilson without dropping a leg at the PDC World Darts Championship on Friday.

The defending champion was in no mood to hang around, posting a three-dart average of 108.65 and giving his 32nd-seeded opponent no chance.

Van Gerwen is gunning for his third world title at Alexandra Palace and will take some stopping on his route to back-to-back crowns.

The 28-year-old will now meet Gerwyn Price following a 4-1 win for the Welshman against Ian White, while fellow Dutchman Vincent van der Voort is yet to concede a set after seeing off Steve Beaton 4-0.

Two-time champion Gary Anderson lived up to expectations by beating Paul Lim 4-1, although the 63-year-old — the first man to achieve a World Championship nine-dart finish in 1990 — was one dart from repeating the feat against the Scot.

World youth champion Dimitri van den Bergh maintained his early form by beating Jan Dekker 4-2, while the remaining second-round match of the day saw Mensur Suljovic beat Robert Thornton 4-2.

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