World number four Michael Smith is out of the PDC World Darts Championship after losing to debutant Jason Lowe in the tournament’s biggest shock so far (Lowe 150/1 to win the tournament).
Lowe showed no signs of nerves despite only securing his Tour card for the first time in January. The 46-year-old produced some thrilling darts in the final set, with a sensational 101 sending Smith out of the tournament after a 3-1 defeat.
Smith’s exit means he is still waiting for an elusive first televised title, after finishing as runner-up in the Premier League, World Championship and World Matchplay.
‘Bully Boy’ will now go back to the drawing board ahead of 2021, while Nathan Aspinall avoided a shock defeat to reach the third round.
Aspinall has never failed to reach the semi-final at the World Championship, but it looked on the cards during his match with Scott Waites.
The pair produced a cracking match on the final night before the Christmas break, with Waites securing a 125 finish. However, it was not enough as he lost 3-2 to Aspinall, who is now 16/1 to win the title.
Fan favourite Dave Chisnall rallied from a set down to beat Keegan Brown 3-1 and he will now take on Holland’s Danny Noppert in the last 32.
Jermaine Wattimena will face Dimitri Van den Bergh after a 3-1 victory debutant Nick Kenny (Wattimena 11/4, Van den Bergh 2/7 – match odds).
Earlier on Wednesday, two-time world champion Gary Anderson won his first match of the tournament after proving too much for Madars Razma.
The Scot won 3-1, while Stephen Bunting and Mensur Suljovic proved too much for Andy Boulton and Matthew Edgar respectively.
The action resumes on Sunday, with Simon Whitlock facing Krzysztof Ratajski.
Kim Huybrechts tackles Ryan Searle (Huybrechts evens, Searle 4/5), while Joe Cullen and Jonny Clayton will clash in the evening session.
Reigning champion Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen are also back in action, as they face Gabriel Clemens and Ricky Evans respectively.
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Source: Darts – Betfred