The world championships are here – the BIGGEST and best darts tournament in the world, and Kevin goes into the tournament as 20th seed, with many happy memories of playing on the world stage. With a huge £250,000 first prize, and £1.25 Million on offer as the prize fund, it’s the biggest pot of cash in darts EVER.
Kevin starts the tournament drawn against the winner of a foreign qualifier prelim.
Round 1: Kevin Painter (20) 3-1 Boris Koltsov
(3-0, 0-3, 3-0, 3-0)
Painter made a comfortable start to his game with the Russian – who had earlier won his preliminary round match against Haruki Muramatsu 4-2 – taking the first three legs, including a 110 finish in the second leg and a 52 outshot to clinch it. Koltsov then produced an inspired second set, with the Russian taking the first leg, before breaking the throw with a double 16 after Painter had missed doubles himself.
In his best leg of the match, Koltsov then hit two 180s and managed to land a double nine to claim a 3-0 set and level the match. Painter, though, responded by taking the next six legs on the spin, including a double 16 and a brilliant 138 outshot that claimed the third set.
The fourth set went the same way, with Painter back on song with his finishing when taking out 78 and 110 before completing the job for a second round tie with another international qualifier, Cristo Reyes from Spain.
First Set 3-0 – Easy start for Painter as he would have hoped for. Takes out 110 in the second and 52 in the third.
Second Set 0-3 – Big surprise from the Russian and Koltsov sweeps the set, breaking a wasteful Painter in the second leg, before hitting two 180s in the final leg.
Third Set 3-0 – Painter recovers in good fashion with a clean sweep.in the set – taking out 57 before a brilliant 138 to wrap it up.
Fourth Set 3-0 – Painter clinches it with another sweeped set. More good finishing, this time a 78 and a 110 before easing over the line in comfort.
Round 2: Kevin Painter 3-4 Cristo Reyes