Sunday 22 September 2019

Carlow's Steve Lennon falls agonisingly short in PDC World Championship thriller after sudden-death exit

Alan Norris of England and Steve Lennon of Republic of Ireland hug each other after their round two match at the 2019 William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace. (Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)
Alan Norris of England and Steve Lennon of Republic of Ireland hug each other after their round two match at the 2019 William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace. (Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)

Tony Considine

Ireland’s Steve Lennon came within a whisker of extending his PDC World Championship run into Round 3 only to just fall short after a final set tie-break in a thriller at the Alexandra Palace.

Instead, it’s England’s Alan Norris who’ll face Simon Whitlock’s conqueror, Ryan Joyce in the next round after clinching a 3-2 victory.

The 25-year-old Carlow native was 1-0 and 2-1 up in sets and had two darts to close out the match in the eighth leg of the decider only to let Norris back in.

Having managed to win the advantage of throwing first in the sudden death leg, a combination of a maximum from Norris and an unlucky bounce out from the treble 20 gave Norris a checkout opportunity of 81. The Englishman made no mistake, taking double 12 out to end Lennon’s dreams.

It was the first loss in what has been a good tournament so far for the Irish with William O’Connor, Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan already through to Round 3.

Earlier, Holland’s Jermaine Wattimena overcame some early issues on his doubles on his way to a comfortable 3-0 win over England's Michael Barnard. The Dutchman will play two-time world champion Gary Anderson in the third round.

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