Brendan Dolan Through To Last 16 Of World Darts Championship

Enniskillen’s Brendan Dolan has made it to his first last 16 round of the World Championship.

Dolan had been in inspired form so far in the 2019 iteration of the tournament, losing just two legs in the first two rounds against Yuanjun Liu and Joe Cullen.

But two-time BDO World Championship finalist Mervyn King was fancied in this last 32 tie having seen off Jan Dekker with a near-98 average.

King won the first leg but Dolan started rolling from there, winning three in a row to claim the first set in the best of seven sets game.

Dolan fell behind in the second set again, but nailed a 126 checkout, one of five he made over 100 in a remarkable display, to level it.

Outshots of 40 and 16 would see him edge the second set, as King began to display long-standing problems with his back.

Those troubles seemed to ebb away as King won the next two sets to make it a level tie, but Dolan would recover as the match reached the closing stretch.

In the all-important fifth leg of the fifth set, the Fermanagh man hit a 180 followed by 41 to complete his third set from 221 in just six darts.

A visibly uncomfortable King couldn’t match his opponent in what would prove to be the final set.

Finishes of 107, 105 and a win-clinching D16 ensured his passage to the last 16 despite King’s best efforts in sending it to a fifth leg.

The 45-year-old is the only Irishman remaining in the competition after recent defeats for William O’Connor and dark horse Daryl Gurney. In facing the winner of Toni Alcinas vs. Benito van de Pas, Dolan will rate his chances of a quarter final berth.

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