Dunvegan Darts’ Adam Hunt came through a fantastic battle against Lisa Ashton in round one of the World Darts Championship.

In arguably the game of the tournament so far, both players produced some outstanding quality, but The Hunter fought through to win 3-2. It means he will play Jamie Hughes on Friday afternoon in round two.

The first set really set the tone for the match. Each player found two 13 darters to hold, leading to a fifth and deciding leg. There Hunt missed tops for a 74, and Ashton found a 70 checkout on the bull to steal the set against the darts.

Losing the first set would not affect Hunt though. After Ashton missed a dart to hold, The Hunter capitalised, finding double eight for an early break in the second. An 18 dart hold, followed by a 100 checkout to break again, saw the man from the North East of England level at one set all.

Both players battled hard to try and win the third set. Ashton got a break in the first leg, but The Hunter capitalised on two missed darts from The Lancashire Rose in the second, finding double eight to level. Two more breaks followed, before Hunt eventually found double five in the deciding leg to take a 2-1 lead.

The fourth set saw both players hold throw twice, to once again force a deciding leg. Hunt hit two 13 darters to make it 2-2, but Ashton found an 11 darter to win the fourth 3-2 and take us to a fifth and final set.

The Lancashire Rose missed an opportunity to break twice in the fifth set, as The Hunter capitalised on missed darts at double to go 2-1 up. Ashton once again missed darts to take it into a final leg, and Hunt ended the match with an excellent 120 outshot to come through a fantastic affair.

Words: Jarleth Eaton

Photos: Lawrence Lustig/PDC