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Nicholson easily topples Tabern

Paul Nicholson cruised into the third round of the World Darts Championship with a 4-0 victory over Alan Tabern on Tuesday night.

The British-born Australian national raced through the opening two sets without dropping a leg, before Tabern finally got on the scoreboard at the start of the third set.

But that was a brief moment of respite, however, as Nicholson closed out the contest with a maximum and a double 16 at the first time of asking.

Nicholson's reward is a match-up with debutant Huybrecht, who earlier booked his berth with a 4-1 win over Raymond van Barneveld's conqueror, James Richardson.

On Wednesday, the second-round ties continue with 12th seed Mervyn King opening the afternoon session with a clash against Michael van Gerwen (1.10pm).

Fifth seed Simon Whitlock is next up against 28th seed Steve Beaton (2.30pm), before 13th seed Colin Lloyd faces Scott Rand (3.50pm).

In the evening session, fourth seed Gary Anderson takes on Devon Petersen (7.10pm) and then the third round gets underway - second seed Adrian Lewis meets 15th seed Wayne Jones (8.30pm), and the final match of the day sees 26th seed Justin Pipe battling 10th seed Terry Jenkins (9.50pm) for a place in the quarter-finals.