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Michael van Gerwen, James Wade and Vincent van der Voort all won through to the last 16 of the Ladbrokes World Championship with victories on Sunday.

van Gerwen stormed past Peter Wright, fighting back from two sets down to claim a 4-2 triumph at London’s Alexandra Palace.

The Dutch ace averaged over 102 and hit twelve 180s in a brilliant performance that saw him win twelve out of the last 14 legs.

‘Mighty Mike’ will take on Colin Lloyd for a place in the quarter-finals when the action resumes after Christmas.

Wade will meet van der Voort in round three after both players claimed 4-2 wins.

‘The Machine’ defeated Steve Beaton thanks to some clinical finishing, while ‘The Dutch Destroyer’ came out on top in a fantastic match against Dean Winstanley, who sensationally hit a nine-dart finish.

Michael van Gerwen 4 – 2 Peter Wright – Match report

James Wade 4 – 2 Steve Beaton

Vincent van der Voort 4 – 2 Dean Winstanley

Robert Thornton was denied a place in the quarter-finals by world number one Phil Taylor.

The remaining third round ties will be played on Thursday 27 December, with Simon Whitlock and Raymond Barneveld also bidding for last eight spots.

By Chris Murphy

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