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Anderson downs Dudbridge

Gary Anderson made light work of Mark Dudbridge in his opening match at the PDC World Darts Championship on Saturday evening.

The Scot averaged over 97 during a 3-0 victory that included only three dropped legs.

Dudbridge, the 2005 finalist who has regained some form this year after injury, had a chance in the second set, which he led 2-1 before Anderson produced a 100 checkout followed by a 13-dart leg to steal it.

Anderson, the 2011 Premier League champion, then eased through the third set without reply. He will play either Brendan Dolan, Colin Osborne or Dennis Lindskjold in the last 32.

Anderson's countryman Robert Thornton had to come from a set down to defeat German teenager Max Hopp 3-1 in his opener.

Hopp, the 17-year-old from Idstein, took out finishes of 68 and 64 on the way to winning the first set.

Ninth seed Thornton was 2-1 down in the second set before stepping up his game and taking the next five legs in a row to move within a set of victory.

And he finished off things in style in the latter stages of the fourth set, a two-dart finish on 100 and then a 14-dart leg clinching the result.

"I had to draw on my experience to get through that game tonight," Thornton said on the PDC's official website.

"Max has hardly missing anything early on and was looking really good. His level dropped a little and I also managed to step things up a bit which got me through."

Former finalist Andy Hamilton booked a second-round clash with Richie Burnett thanks to a 3-1 win over Spanish qualifier Julio Barbero.

Hamilton, seeded fifth this year, started with a 12-dart leg but was made to battle hard during the first two sets, both of which he won.

Barbero, who had beaten Andree Welge 4-1 earlier in the night for the right to face Hamilton, produced a 63 checkout in the deciding leg of the third set to keep the match alive.

Hamilton quickly regrouped to race through the third set in quick time, including a 112 finish.

And in the final match of the night, Geordie-born Australian Paul Nicholson saw off Stuart Kellett 3-0.