Mark McGeeney booked his place in the second round of the 2020 William Hill PDC World Darts Championships on debut as he defeated Canada’s Matt Campbell on Saturday evening at the Alexandra Palace.

‘The Gladiator’ was a Lakeside finalist in 2018, but made the long-awaited switch to the PDC in January, and has enjoyed a successful debut season on the circuit, despite not securing that first title.

Following an extravagant walk-on from the Stockport based thrower, he got down to business in set one, nailing a 126 checkout along with an impressive 104 average to seize the early initiative.

He would add a 110 checkout to his Ally Pally resume as the cushion was doubled in set two, but Campbell would have plenty more in the tank.

An unorthodox double 17 checkout set Campbell on his way in set three, before a 147 turned the tide in his favour, ‘The Ninja’ eventually halving the deficit on double ten.

After sprinting out of the blocks against his relatively inexperienced opponent, McGeeney’s superiority would show in the fourth set as he tied up his first victory at the Palace. Match darts were missed as Campbell took him into a decider, but he would eventually close out the contest to seal his place in round two.

McGeeney will now face Ricky Evans in round two on the afternoon session of the 20th December, with more Dunvegan Enterprises’ players in action over the coming days.

By Josh Green

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