'Snakebite' sinks Hendriks, Beaton not beaten


Peter Wright made a smooth start to his PDC World Darts Championship title bid on Friday, beating the unheralded Jerry Hendriks 3-0.

Third seed Wright reached the world final in 2014 and is once again anticipated to be among the leading contenders this time around.

The flamboyant 46-year-old did not have things all his own way against Dutchman Hendriks, who had come through a preliminary tie earlier in the evening and missed four darts to win the second set.

However, Wright was ultimately a comfortable winner, averaging 101.06 - the highest mark of the tournament to date - as he booked a place in round two.

"The second set, I didn't take my chances, and that was the game-killer," Hendriks, who appeared to relish the typically boisterous atmosphere at Alexandra Palace, told Sky Sports.

Friday's other matches saw 1996 BDO world champion Steve Beaton and Jonny Clayton record respective 3-1 wins over Devon Petersen and 19th seed Gerwyn Price.