Hamilton out of World Championships

Stoke's Andy Hamilton is out of the World Championships.

He suffered his first ever round one exit after a dramatic defeat at the hands of World Championship debutant Joe Murnan. 

The 2012 runner-up lost out in a tie-break going down 3 sets to 2. 

After winning two of the first three sets, Hamilton missed three match darts in the fourth as Murnan came back from two legs down to force a deciding set. 

The final set then went to a tie-break and Murnan, who won a Players Championship event in May, went on to claim his first televised victory by 6 legs to 4. 

"It's amazing to be through," said the 32-year-old, who will take on Robert Thornton or Alan Norris in round two. 

"I was overwhelmed when I drew Andy because he's an excellent player and to win is incredible. He should've won but I took my chance and I'm really pleased but I do feel bad for him."

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