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STEVE WEST produced one of the best performances of the first round on his debut in the BetVictor World Matchplay, where Simon Whitlock and Michael van Gerwen will meet after easing through their openers.

West averaged a shade under 100 as he knocked out number 11 seed Michael Smith with a classy display, which resulted in a 10-5 triumph.

The Essex ace will take on Darren Webster on Tuesday in the last 16.

Whitlock will play number one seed Van Gerwen in round two on Wednesday after the Australian star defeated compatriot Kyle Anderson 10-5.

Defending champion Van Gerwen cruised past Stephen Bunting, winning the first seven legs of his 10-4 victory.

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