Players Championship Finals: Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis to meet in second round; Peter Wright next up for Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis set up a second-round meeting at the Players Championship Finals in Minehead.
Last Updated: 30/11/13 3:58pm
Defending champion Taylor saw off Paul Nicholson 6-2 and will take on Peter Wright next, while top seed Van Gerwen was a 6-1 winner against debutant Jamie Lewis.
Van Gerwen's victory sets up a second-round meeting with ex-world champion Adrian Lewis, who came from 3-1 down to beat Kevin Painter 6-3.
Lewis' fellow Stoke player Andy Hamilton also produced a fine comeback, rallying from 5-1 behind to edge out John Part 6-5.
Canadian Part, wearing glasses on stage for the first time, missed 18 darts at doubles to win the match as Hamilton clawed back level with four straight legs before following a 180 with a 158 checkout to snatch victory.
Hamilton now plays Northern Ireland's Brendan Dolan, who was another come-from-behind winner, battling back from 3-1 down to win a deciding leg with Wayne Jones with a 126 bullseye checkout.
Turned to Jelle
Somerset-based Scot Gary Anderson recovered 4-1 down to defeat Stuart Kellett in a decider and he now plays Jelle Klaasen, who knocked out second seed Dave Chisnall 6-4. Chisnall hit six 180s and a 10-dart finish in defeat.
Steve Beaton hit back from 3-1 and 5-3 down to claim a narrow win over James Wade, hitting a 13-dart leg in the decider as he progressed to a second-round clash with Wes Newton, who beat Andy Smith 6-2.
Taunton's Justin Pipe came from 4-1 down to win 6-4 against Simon Whitlock in a battle of last year's semi-finalists, and he now plays Derby's Jamie Caven, who took a 6-3 win over Colin Lloyd.
Scotland's Robert Thornton averaged 104 to overcome Richie Burnett 6-3, setting up a second-round contest with Raymond van Barneveld, who edged out Mervyn King 6-5.
Terry Jenkins dumped 2012 runner-up Kim Huybrechts out of the tournament with a 6-2 victory over the Belgian, and he now plays Ian White, the first of four Stoke players to win on Friday as he opened the event with a 6-3 success against Ronnie Baxter.