Lennon is happy about the “perfect Christmas present” – Nach Welt

Steve Lennon took a breathtaking win at the William Hill World Darts Championship by defeating number 12 seeded Krzysztof Ratajski at Alexandra Palace.

The Carlow man beat the Pole 3-1 and reached a third-round meeting with Mervyn King or Ryan Joyce.

The 28-year-old hit six maxs and 18 140s to knock out the Polish number one.

โ€œI’m happy with my game but I’m surprised with the result,โ€ he said.

โ€œI didn’t think he would play the way he did, normally he would score like me.

โ€œI knew I had to capitalize on it. It’s a perfect Christmas present. “

Keane Barry, meanwhile, is in the second round after a nervous 3-2 win over Royden Lam at Alexandra Palace.

The 19-year-old Meath man rattled checkouts of 108 and 121 against the Hong Kong thrower as he won his first match at the flagship tournament on the third attempt.

But he made it a lot tougher than it should have been by squandering a 2-0 lead before interrupting Lam’s throw twice in the final set, in which the Asian qualifier missed multiple attempts to bring the game to a sudden death bring.

In the next round on Sunday, Barry will face the formidable Jonny Clayton from Wales.

โ€œ[Iโ€™m] happy. It crossed my mind that things haven’t gone that way in the past two years, but luckily this is the third time I’ve been lucky, โ€Barry told the PDC.

โ€œI don’t know why I’m putting this pressure on myself, I just have to relax and play well.

โ€œI felt it slip away but luckily he missed those doubles and I stole it in the end.

โ€œIt means a lot to win this game.

โ€œI’m looking forward to playing Jonny.

โ€œEvery time I’ve played him on tour it’s been a great game and I enjoy playing against him. Now I can just relax, I have my victory, a monkey off my back. “

“I hope to improve my game and stranger things have happened.”

The Scot William Borland scored a 3-2 win over Bradley Brooks with a brilliant nine-dart finish.

With 2: 2 in the decisive set, Borland achieved perfection on his second visit with three triple 20s, followed by two more and triple 19s.

The 25-year-old then hit two more Treble 20s and finished double 12 to rave the crowd on his World Cup debut.

Brooks, 21, had hit back in the playoff 2-0 after reeling off three legs in a row to win the fourth set and extend the match.

Borland’s performance was the eleventh nine-darter finish at the World Cup and the first since Gary Anderson in his semi-final win over Jelle Klaasen in 2016.

Paul Lim was the first player to score a 9-darts finish on the largest stage at the 1990 BDO World Championship.

The Singapore veteran, who made his World Cup debut in 1982, was denied after beating Joe Murnan 3-2 in the second round of this year’s tournament.

But 67-year-old Lim pushed his opponent to the limit and brought the match to a crucial set after Murnan missed darts in the fourth match.

Runner-up Peter Wright, 2020 world champion, was not at his best but still turned out to be good for Ryan Meikle, whom he defeated 3-0 to reach the third round.

Ross Smith secured his spot in the second round with a comfortable 3-0 win over Canadian Jeff Smith.


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