Number eight seed Wes Newton progressed to a second round tie with three-time World Darts Champion John Part as he overcame Hong Kong’s Ting Chi Royden Lam 3-1 in the 2013 tournament at Alexandra Palace.
Lam had enjoyed a 4-1 preliminary round victory over Holland’s Gino Vos earlier in the night, and shared the opening four legs of his first round tie with Newton before the Fleetwood ace hit a 14-darter to take the set.
Newton then won the second set without reply, only to see the Greater China Qualifier take the third 3-1, sealing the set by taking out 50 on the bullseye, a standard shot in the soft-tip version of darts in which he is a star in Asia.
His hopes of glory in the steel-tip format, though, would be ended for this year as Newton came from a leg down in the fourth set to seal victory by taking the deciding leg on tops.
“I’m relieved to get through that and happy with the win,” said Newton. “I did the hard work and got two sets up early on and I relaxed a bit.
“I didn’t mean to, but I was a bit lucky in the end because he was one leg away from making it two sets all, and anything can happen then.
“I didn’t know what to expect from Royden but I know more about John Part - he’s a really nice man and I’ve got a lot of respect for him, and I look forward to a tough game against him and I’ll have to be on my game.
“This is a massive tournament, the pinnacle of our year and I want to do well, so I’m giving it my all.”