Taylor, Lewis progress at Alexandra Palace


Phil Taylor overcame Kevin Painter in the second round of the PDC World Championship despite an unconvincing display on day 10 at the Alexandra Palace.

The 16-time world champion completed a 4-1 win despite an inconsistent performance to set up a last-16 meeting with either Mervyn King or Jelle Klaasen.

Taylor lost the first set and, despite his struggles with scoring and on the doubles, he advanced with a 92.91 average.

Two-time winner Adrian Lewis produced another clinical display to beat Andrew Gilding in the first game of the evening session.

World number five Lewis eased to a straight-sets victory over Jan Dekker in the first round and also made light work of seeing off Gilding 4-0, chalking up eight 180s and losing only two legs in a one-sided encounter.

Peter Wright produced an ominous performance to also go through to the last 16 with a straight-sets triumph over Ronny Huybrechts.

World number four Wright hit a 180 in the opening leg and never looked back, reeling off eight legs in a row to progress at a canter.

Mark Webster had earlier ruthlessly ended Terry Jenkins' participation by coasting to a 4-0 victory over the 2011 semi-finalist.

Jenkins took just for legs off the impressive Webster, who will now face Alexandra Palace debutant Alan Norris after he got the better of Joe Murnan 4-1.

Mensur Suljovic came out on top in a thriller against David Pallett, with both players missing doubles for a nine-dart finish before the Austrian hit the bull to seal a tense 4-3 victory.