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Dutch duo Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort both claimed straight sets victories in round one of the Ladbrokes World Championship at London’s Alexandra Palace on Thursday.

van der Voort produced a solid performance to see off Stuart Kellet, while van Gerwen eased past Paul Lim, who produced a moment of magic with a 170 checkout.

Vincent van der Voort 3-0 Stuart Kellet – Match report

Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Paul Lim – Match report

Those triumphs saw the first round reach it’s conclusion, with James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Robert Thornton, Paul Nicholson, Mark Webster and Raymond van Barneveld all still in the hunt to be the first winner of the new Sid Waddell trophy.

Friday sees the second round commence, with Thornton and Nicholson doing battle for a place in the last 16.

By Chris Murphy

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