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More seeds sent packing in London

December 20, 2009

Phil Taylor had no problems as the seeds crashed out around him - BBC

Wayne Mardle’s capitulation may have been the main talking point of the 2010 World Championship’s first two days, but he was not the only unexpected casualty of the first round so far.

Dennis ‘The Menace’ Priestley (9th seed) headed home soon after Mardle, losing a 2-0 lead to 24-year-old Geordie Kevin McDine.

Then yesterday 32nd seed Roland Scholten was defeated by Steve Hine, 3-2, and Welshman Barrie Bates put out former BDO champion Jelle Klaasen (24) 3-1 without much difficulty in the evening session.

Klaasen disappointed in this year’s Premier League and showed once again that he is unable to deal with the increasingly strong competition in the PDC – for the moment, at least. He will not get a chance to prove himself against the best this time.

Peter Manley earned a place in round two with a 3-2 win over Andy Jenkins - BBC

Phil Taylor, 14-time world champion, did not suffer a similar fate, beating Colin Monk on Friday night without dropping a leg. Peter ‘One Dart’ Manley (20) and Adrian Lewis (8) also progressed, the latter with an impressive performance against Irish qualifier Aodhagan O’Neill.

Sunday’s arrows will feature, among others, Mark Dudbridge and Alan Tabern, and this evening Kevin Painter and former champion Raymond van Barneveld will play their first round matches.

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