Mixed fortunes for Stoke darts stars

Ian White on his way to victory over Joe Cullen

Ian White is through to the second round of the World Matchplay Darts Championship but Adrian Lewis is out.

White secured the first whitewash at the tournament since 2016 with a 10-0 romp against Joe Cullen, with the Bradford ace unable to recapture the form which saw him reach last year's quarter-finals.

White - a two-time European Tour winner this year - opened with an 11-dart leg which featured two 180s, and also twice punished Cullen's missed doubles on the way to a 5-0 lead.

He also took out a 121 finish in leg seven, and capitalised on seven further misses from Cullen in the next two legs before taking out 80 to complete a comfortable win.

"I didn't expect this result but you take it and it feels good to be through," said White, who now faces Stephen Bunting on Wednesday.

"Joe let me in there in three or four legs but I still had to take my doubles out and I played well.

"It's a strong field and you knew any draw was going to be hard because it's a strong field, but the European Tour has given me a lot of confidence this year."

There was disappointment for Adrian Lewis who was beaten 10-4 by Glen Durrant.

Durrant won eight of the first ten legs in a dominant opening to the game, and held off Lewis' brief rally to end the tie with a 101.05 average - the highest winning average of the event's opening two days.

"I'm really happy now and it's a special feeling," said Durrant. "I came to the PDC because I wanted to play the best in the world and I'm a huge fan of Adrian Lewis.

"It was a magical feeling tonight and I had great support from the crowd - I hope that they're back here on Tuesday when I play Michael van Gerwen too!

"It's a great opportunity to showcase my talent - I'm a proud BDO champion and on Tuesday I will play the best player in the world."

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