Winstanley comes through difficult opener at PDC World Championships

WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP 2015'PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG'ROUND 1'DEAN WINSTANLEY VWAYNE JONES'DEAN WINSTANLEY WINS

WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP 2015'PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG'ROUND 1'DEAN WINSTANLEY VWAYNE JONES'DEAN WINSTANLEY WINS

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Buxton ace Dean Winstanley will be bidding to reach the last-16 at Alexandra Palace this weekend.

The 33-year-old overcame Wayne Jones 3-2 in the first round of the PDC World Championships on Sunday, in a topsy-turvy encounter.

That victory set up a clash with Norwich thrower Darren Webster, scheduled for this Sunday (December 28).

Winstanley won a high quality contest against Jones on Sunday as he came from 2-1 down to win the last two sets.

He said: “It was a really tiring game, I just couldn’t shake Wayne off and every time I tried to do it he just came coming back at me and back at me.

“I thought we both played well, but I really wanted that, I’ve been in a sudden death game before and there’s no way I wanted to play in one again.”

Winstanley hit seven 180s and averaged 93.66 while also hitting three ton-plus finishes, but all that was only just enough to squeeze by Jones, who averaged even higher at 94 and had four 180s of his own.

Winstanley kicked off with a 136 finish in the first leg to go ahead, and hit a 180 in the third to take the set 3-0 and enjoy the perfect start.

A 116 finish started the second set brilliantly for Winstanley as well, and he followed that up with another 136 checkout in the fourth leg, but that was only good enough to level matters, while Jones withstood a 180 from his opponent in the decider to level the match.

Jones really hit his stride in the third set, as he came from a leg down to finish legs of 14, 11 and 15 darts in a fine set as he moved 2-1 up in the game.

Winstanley responded to win the fourth 3-1, finishing double seven and 74 to lead before posting double ten to send the contest into a deciding fifth set.

Winstanley hit 61 to start the final set, and though Jones levelled he took out 24 and 25 as he sealed his place in the second round against Webster, who beat Whitlock 3-1 last week.

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