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James Wade wins to set up Michael van Gerwen clash

James Wade
Wade is looking for his first PDC World title

World number three James Wade moved into the second round of the PDC World Championship with a hard fought 3-1 win over Steve Brown.

Wade, who reached the semi-finals last year, took a 2-0 lead but Brown made him work and closed the gap by winning the third set.

But Wade got a crucial break in the second leg of the third set and held his throw to secure victory.

He will next face Dutchman Michael van Gerwen who defeated Peter Wright 3-1.

Van Gerwen took the opening two sets of the game but Wright responded well by taking the third set without conceding a leg.

The Dutchman stopped the rot with a double 16 to take the opening leg of the fourth set before Wright hit back with the second leg but he missed bullseye for a 124 checkout and Van Gerwen capitalised with double eight to take the leg.

Wright's chance had gone and Van Gerwen completed a 14-dart finish to advance.

Wade, who won this year's Premier League had an average of 96.65 and hit six 180s.

"I've put in a lot of practice coming into this tournament," he said. "I feel better prepared than previous World Championships that I have competed in."

In night's opening fixture, Wayne Jones beat an out-of-sorts Alex Roy 3-1 to set up a last 32 clash with Australian Simon Whitlock.

And former world number one Colin Lloyd rounded off the evening by beating Magnus Caris 3-1.

Caris had beaten Francisco Ruiz four legs to nil in a preliminary clash earlier in the evening, but was no match for Lloyd, who finally won a match at Alexandra Palace at the third attempt.

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