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Dolan off on another adventure

FERMANAGH'S Brendan Dolan continued his love affair with the PartyPoker.com World Darts Grand Prix in Dublin as he claimed another major scalp at Citywest last night.

LAST year's beaten finalist recorded an impressive 2-0 victory over warm favourite Gary Anderson on the opening night to progress to the next round tomorrow where he will face Dutchman Vincent van der Voort.

Dolan had set up the prospect of an all-Irish clash in the next round but Limerick's William O'Connor failed to progress past the experienced Van der Voort, losing out 2-1.

O'Connor started well and raced into a 1-0 lead with a couple of 180s, but Van der Voort found his game as the match progressed and levelled.

A 140 check-out in the final set brought the game to a deciding leg in which O'Connor failed to score with his first five darts, but despite that, the 26-year-old had a dart at double 18 to win the game but pulled it short to leave Van der Voort to take out double 8 and progress to face Dolan.

Reigning champion Phil Taylor continues in search of an 11th Grand Prix title as he accounted for promising youngster Michael Smith, also in last night's first round in Dublin.

Taylor progressed alongside Robert Thornton, Dave Chisnall, Justin Pipe, Meryvn King and Kevin Painter.

The biggest shock of the opening night was fifth seed Simon Whitlock crashing out to Pipe on a 2-1 scoreline.

World Champion Adrian Lewis is in action tonight when he takes on Welsh native Richie Burnett, while the ever popular Raymond van Barneveld faces Ian White, also in the first round.

The remaining eight first round ties get underway at 7pm with Steve Beaton taking on Andy Smith, while the often controversial Paul Nicholson is expected to be the final man through to the last 16 as he faces Michael Mansell in the final game of the night.


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