Mark McGeeney bowed out of the PDC World Darts Championship at the second hurdle as came up against an on-form Ricky Evans on Friday afternoon.

McGeeney had previously defeated Canada’s Matt Campbell on debut at the Alexandra Palace, but couldn’t replicate that performance as he lost out to the Northamptonshire star.

It would be a quick start for the aptly named ‘Rapid’ Ricky Evans as he tied up the opening set with three straight legs without reply from McGeeney.

Evans would make it six legs on the spin as he doubles his advantage with another whitewash in set two. Former Lakeside finalist McGeeney struggling to get a foothold as the five-time World Championship competitor continued to fire.

He would race into a two leg lead in the third set of the match as the whitewash was still on the cards. But there would be a sigh of relief from McGeeney as he avoided the embarrassment, pinning double 16 for a leg back.

In fact, ‘The Gladiator’ would make it three consecutive legs as he cut deficit to just one set, but that would all the McGeeney as Evans resumed control in the following set.

A magical 170 checkout sealed the glory for Evans as Mark McGeeney’s debut campaign at the Alexandra Palace came to close.

Here’s hoping that ‘The Gladiator’ will return for another crack at World Championship glory in 12 months time with another season of PDC action under his belt.

Words Josh Green

Photo Lawrence Lustig/PDC