Dave Chisnall secured a comfortable 3-0 victory over Ryan De Vreede in the William Hill World Darts Championship as he progressed to face another Dutchman, Benito van de Pas.
Chisnall averaged 86.08 and hit three 180s, despite having to come from behind after debutant De Vreede took out double 16 for the opening leg.
Chisnall replied with a 56 finish on tops, before he took out 74 for a break of throw in the leg three, while both men hit 180s in the fourth before the number eight seed claimed the set without missing a double.
Chisnall started off the second set in the same fashion as he checked out 116 to remain perfect on doubling out, and although he did lose his range slightly on the finishing, a pair of double fives put him into a two-set lead.
The Grand Slam finalist, though, encountered some troubles in set three with a series of untimely bounce-outs, including one when he landed a double to win a leg only to see an earlier scoring dart fall out of the board before being retrieved, allowing De Vreede to ghost in and hit tops.
Another dart dropped out for Chisnall as De Vreede went 2-1 in front, but after the Dutchman missed a set dart Chisnall levelled before hitting 65 in the fifth leg to take the match.
“It’s my own fault really,” said Chisnall, of his darting troubles.
“I changed my darts before the match, when I was practising they were sticking in fine but the points just weren’t working during the game.
“I just need to rough up the points a bit really, I didn’t think I’d need to but I’ll learn from it and know for next time.
“I didn’t play too badly and I’m just relieved to get through to the next round in the end.”