Daventry’s Kevin Painter cruised through to the second round of the PDC World Championship with an emphatic first round win on Thursday night.
The Billericay-born thrower made short work of Germany’s Tomas Seyler, beating him 3-0 at Alexandra Palace, to set up a second-round clash with Australian Paul Nicholson on Sunday afternoon.
Against Seyler, Painter lost the first leg, but then reeled off nine in a row, finishing with a very impressive 98.59 average.
Following his opening win, Painter, who is based at Casey’s Club in Daventry, tweeted: “Pleased to get through my first round match, and happy with my performance.
“Thanks to you all for your fantastic support. Top people.”
Nicholson also eased to victory in his first round encounter, the UK-born Australian seeing off Stuart Kellett 3-0.