Frost bites the dust as champion Anderson cruises

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Defending PDC World Championship holder Gary Anderson avoided a first-round shock as he swept Mark Frost aside with a 3-0 win at Alexandra Palace on Thursday.

Despite his newcomer status, World Championship debutant Frost enjoyed a warm rapport with the raucous crowd and looked to savour every moment, but back-to-back champion Anderson had too much for him, punishing his errors and taking the first two sets without losing a leg.

Frost bit back in the third set, winning two legs as he tried to give himself a catalyst for an unlikely comeback, but his chances swiftly evaporated as Anderson's ice-cold nerve held and he breezed into the second round.

Jamie Caven made a strong start in the day's first match, taking a one-set lead and almost going two up against Kevin Painter.

But the latter battled back and ultimately claimed victory in style, completing his 124 target with bullseye to potentially set up a second-round clash with Phil Taylor, who beat Painter in the 2004 final.

Jamie Lewis and Mick McGowan played out a close-run duel afterwards, with the former eventually coming through 3-2 despite losing the first set to his unseeded opponent, while Michael Smith beat Ricky Evans 3-2 to close out the first day.