Magic show from Wizard but Rocky is knocked out

Andy Jenkins reacts on his way to defeat during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.
Andy Jenkins reacts on his way to defeat during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.
Louis Arnell hit at 120 finish. Picture: Sarah Standing (160515-7312)

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Simon Whitlock crushed Haruki Muramatsu to book his place in the last 32 of the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace.

The Waterlooville-based Aussie recorded a 3-1, 3-1, 3-1 triumph last night to tee up a clash with Colin Osborne in the next round.

Muramatsu, who had earlier crushed 59-year-old Kiwi Dave Harrington 4-0 to earn a shot at Whitlock, took the opening leg of the match.

But the Wizard of Oz soon found his range and cruised to success in the first set before a 118 game-shot sealed the second.

He then withstood a spirited effort from the Japan number one in the final set before easing his way into the next round.

Whitlock recorded a three-dart average of 95.50 in his victory.

But while the Wizard fights on, any hopes Cosham’s Andy Jenkins had of repeating his 2007 heroics – when he made the semi-finals – were demolished in straight sets by Justin Pipe.

Jenkins looked out of sorts as he began his first appearance at Alexandra Palace since 2009.

He lost the first seven legs to Pipe before converting a 70 check-out to get on the board in the third set.

And after taking the next leg with a double eight, there were hopes of a comeback from the man nicknamed Rocky.

However, Pipe – the world number 11 – quickly extinguished those with finishes of 72 and 64 to win 3-0, 3-0, 3-2.

Jenkins returned a 73.20 average, four 140s and 12 centuries. Pipe hit a single maximum.