Former champions Adrian Lewis and Rob Cross were dumped out of the 2021 PDC World Darts Championship on Tuesday after suffering shock second round defeats.

Englishman Lewis, who claimed back-to-back world titles in 2011 and 2012, was out of sorts throughout his contest with American Danny Baggish, as he eventually succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at Alexandra Palace.

It was a similar story for 2018 champion Cross, who was eliminated at the second round stage for the second successive year after going down 3-2 to World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode (van Duijvenbode 33/1 – PDC World Darts Championship Outright).

It was a high-quality battle between the two men, as they delivered a combined 11 180s, but seven of those belonged to van Duijvenbode, who also boasted a 95.5 average and took out 99 in the sudden death leg to seal the victory.

The Dutchman, was delighted to book his place in the last 32 for the first time, but his ambitions are certainly not stopping there.

“I felt so good on treble 19 in that last leg and I knew I had a good chance to take out that finish but I also knew I had to,” van Duijvenbode, who sealed glory with a 12-darter, told the PDC website.

“It’s a big moment in a way but I want to go much further. I want to reach at least the quarter-finals. I don’t see why I can’t do that now.”

Elsewhere on Tuesday, and there were no such shocks for ninth-seed Dimitri Van den Bergh, who overcame 66-year-old Paul Lim 3-0 to book his place in the third-round, while the likes of Simon Whitlock, Devon Petersen and Danny Noppert also enjoyed smooth progress.

Wednesday will see the second round action continue, with two-time former champion Gary Anderson set to get his title bid underway against Latvia’s Madars Razma (Anderson 1/5, Razma 7/2 – PDC World Darts Championship Match Betting).

Nathan Aspinall, who has reached the semi-finals at Ally Pally in each of the last two years, will also be in action against fellow Englishman Scott Waites, while eighth seed Dave Chisnall will take on Keegan Brown.

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