Raymond van Barneveld is safely through to the third round at the PDC World Championship.
The former champion beat Ryan Meikle 3-1 at Alexandra Palace last night, in what was his 30th World Championships appearance as a professional.
BARNEY BEATS THE BARBER! ?️?
Raymond van Barneveld wins three sets on the spin to complete a brilliant 3-1 victory over Ryan Meikle, hitting seven 180s and averaging over 95 in the process!#WCDarts | R2
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— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 20, 2022
Next up for van Barneveld is a meeting with Gerwyn Price and an opportunity to repeat his recent success at the Grand Slam of Darts.
Elsewhere on the night, it wasn't meant to be for Fallon Sherrock, after she fell to a 3-1 loss to Ricky Evans.
'The Queen of the Palace' won the opening set and looked calm. Ultimately, she was left to rue a string of missed opportunities as she fell in the first round for the second successive year.
Speaking afterwards said has vowed to ‘come back stronger’ from this defeat.
"Hopefully all these experiences will help me become a better player."
Fallon Sherrock has vowed to ‘come back stronger’ following her opening round defeat to Ricky Evans at the Cazoo World Darts Championship on Tuesday.
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 21, 2022
Ireland has strong representation in today's play, with John O'Shea the first of three Irish players in action on day six.
The Cork man meets Darius Labanauskas in the first match on stage shortly after 12.30 pm.
A little practice before tomorrow ?@CosmoDartsInt pic.twitter.com/wFjYHMlkAQ
— Darius Labanauskas (@170LuckyD) December 20, 2022
Antrim's Josh Rock also plays in the afternoon session - he'll play one of last year's quarter-finalists, Callan Rydz
World Darts Championship
3rd Game on Against Callan Rydz
Catch it on Sky Sports Darts? #TeamRocky@MissionDarts @OfficialPDC @ScottRBSLtd @jenningsbetinfo @SKFlooring2 pic.twitter.com/JN32mZ8aoA
— Josh Rock (@joshrock18002) December 21, 2022
This evening, Willie O'Connor of Limerick plays Gabriel Clemens.
Thank you to @Winmau for making me a beautiful dart and it’s was the easiest decision I’ve ever made to extend my contact with them ?? https://t.co/UPMH2g2VLf
— Michael Van Gerwen (@MvG180) December 20, 2022
Three-time World Champion Michael van Gerwen also plays tonight against Welsh qualifier Lewy Williams.
'The Green Machine' has been in imperious form this year, claiming victory in four major ranking titles, making him the outright favourite for a fourth world title.