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Mixed emotions for Hamilton

Andy Hamilton narrowly missed out on a nine-darter as he edged past Spain's Antonio Alcinas 3-2 in the PDC World Championship first round.

The Stoke thrower failed to land double 18 in the third set to complete a nine-darter, but he shrugged off the disappointment to book a second-round meeting with Dutchman Vincent van der Voort on December 27.

Alcinas started quickly and led 1-0 and 2-1 but struggled to hit his doubles as the match progressed and it proved to be his downfall.

"I was disappointed to miss a dart at double 18 for the nine-darter - but the most important thing was to win the match as there is so much pressure in these first round game," Hamilton told pdc.tv.

"Antonio kept hitting the big scores throughout the game and I'm just happy to have made it through."

Finland's Petri Korte came from two legs down to beat Dane Per Laursen 4-3 and set up a first-round meeting with world No 3 James Wade later on Monday night.

Laursen opened the match with a 180 and a 137 checkout, but Korte threw steadily to earn his chance against Wade.

Mervyn King had a match average of 98.02 as he took apart Australian Geoff Kime 3-0 in double-quick time.

King, who is battling an on-going problem with tennis elbow, did not drop a leg in a near perfect display and will now face either Colin Osborne or Michael van Gerwen in the second round.