Mervyn King won all nine legs as he booked his place in round two of the Ladbrokes World Championship with a comfortable win over Geoff Kime.
The 2009 semi-finalist wasted no time in putting his below-par opponent to the sword, averaging nearly a hundred and hitting two thirds of his doubles in a resounding victory.
The King made a solid start, hitting his first 180 on his way to winning the first leg against the throw. He then hit double 14 to take the next leg before breaking Kime again to go a set up in next to no time.
The former World Masters champion continued to show his superiority, hitting another 180 in the first leg of set two as he took a fourth consecutive leg. That soon became three maximums and five straight legs as King took out 82 to break the Kime throw once more. He went on to hold his throw, hitting double top to move a step closer to a second round place.
The Australian looked set to avoid the whitewash when he had darts at a double in the first leg of the third set. King made him pay for missing when he hit double eight to break again. Kime missed three more darts at a double and King showed no mercy, as he hit double ten to win the match in straight sets, and legs.
King will face will face either Colin Osborne or Michael van Gerwen on December 28th.
By Chris Murphy