Simon Whitlock won through to the second round of the Ladbrokes World Championship with a comfortable straight sets victory over Haruki Muramatsu on Wednesday night.
The reigning European Champion kicked of his campaign for glory at the Alexandra Palace with an assured display against the Japanese number one.
Andy Jenkins was less successful on his return to the £1 million pound tournament after a two year absence, losing out to Justin Pipe.
Thursday evening sees Dutch duo Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort begin their respective campaigns as the first round draws to a close.
By Chris Murphy