Two-time champion Gary Anderson gave himself the right birthday current by reserving his spot within the third spherical.
The Scot, who received in consecutive years in 2015 and 2016, has misplaced his place on the high desk of darts in current instances however loved a celebratory tonic with a 3-1 win over Madars Razma.
It was on no account a classic efficiency by the 52-year-old, with Razma providing stiff competitors which included a memorable 154-checkout, however he received the job carried out, with three ton-plus checkouts of his personal.
Two-time champion Gary Anderson gave himself the right birthday current at Ally Pally
Regardless of his success, Anderson doesn’t count on to problem for a 3rd title this 12 months, however is having fun with being again at Alexandra Palace.
‘I do not learn about this 12 months, my recreation is nowhere close to the place it must be,’ Anderson stated.
‘We hold making an attempt, I’m practising a heck of much more. I’ve received it in my head to start out once more subsequent 12 months from scartch and simply get myself away from the home and begin throwing once more.’
James Wade was dumped out of the World Championship within the second spherical as Jim Williams triggered the most important shock of the match to this point.
James Wade was dumped out of the World Championship within the second spherical on Thursday
Wade, who just lately opened up about his battle with bi-polar, is a four-time semi-finalist on the showpiece occasion and seeded eighth, however is out earlier than Christmas after happening 3-2 to the Welshman.
Williams, ranked 77th within the order of benefit, put within the efficiency of his life to oust Wade in a decider the place he got here up with some clutch darts, throwing three 180s and averaging 98.48.
The Welshman admitted it was the most important win of his profession, regardless that he didn’t play to his greatest.
‘Sure it’s the largest win,’ he stated throughout a post-match press convention.
There have been loads of vibrant costumes on present for the darts at Alexandra Palace
‘I felt like I struggled, I’m simply out and in, my mindset is out and in, I simply have to focus on a regular basis if I can.
‘It was a troublesome recreation, it was robust for james as properly. I used to be shocked by his scoring, he scored nowehere close to like he might. I simply dragged it out ultimately.
‘I’ve received a couple of days now to essentially have a practise and get my head into it.’
Fifth seed Luke Humphries received one other tight battle as he emerged a 3-2 victor over German Florian Hempel whereas Vincent van der Voort swept Cameron Menzies apart 3-0.
There was loads of festive cheer on present at London’s Alexandra Palace on Thursday night time
Within the afternoon session, Dirk van Duivenbode got here by a final-set nail-biter in opposition to Karel Sedlak.
The Dutchman, seeded 14, needed to battle from 2-1 all the way down to win 3-2, successful the deciding set 4-2.
He nearly despatched the Alexandra Palace crowd into raptures as he was millimetres away from darting perfection when he missed double 12 for what would have been a nine-dart end.
Mensur Suljovic beat Mike de Decker 3-0, the identical scoreline by which Ryan Searle toppled Adam Gawlas whereas Krzysztof Ratajski beat Danny Jensen 3-1.