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Adrian Lewis crashes out of World Darts Championship in the opening round after losing to Germany's Kevin Munch at Alexandra Palace

December 20, 2017 12:31 AM
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Two-time world champion Adrian Lewis was on the end of a major shock in the opening round of the William Hill World Championship after being beaten by Germany's Kevin Munch.

Munch had to come through a preliminary contest on Tuesday to earn his match against Lewis and responded by defeating the Englishman 3-1 at Alexandra Palace.

Munch hit the bullseye to complete a 124 checkout and take a 2-1 lead, then settled matters on double eight to stun a man who reigned supreme at the event in 2011 and 2012.

Defeat in the first round is the latest setback in a miserable couple of years for the 32-year-old, who is now destined to slip out of the world's top 16 for the first time in more than a decade.

'I can't believe it,' said Munch, who had earlier beaten Russian Aleksandr Oreshkin.

'It feels so amazing. I will realise what I've done tomorrow. I was so confident in that moment and not scared of him.

'I will go to the 27th and the second round now. I didn't realise the fans were so loud but I do now! I will relax and practice for the second round now.

It is the latest in a line of shocks in London following the exit of eight-time major winner James Wade on Sunday.

Keegan Brown stunned world No 11 Wade in the first round with a 3-2 victory.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Raymond van Barneveld had a smoother ride into the second round, easing past Richard North 3-0, with Scotland's John Henderson also sailing past Marko Kantele without dropping a leg.


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