Paul Nicholson won through to the second round of the World Darts Championship after a classy performance saw off Stuart Kellett on Saturday evening.

‘The Asset’ produced a quality display to seal a straight sets victory over the former World Masters Finalist at London’s Alexandra Palace.

“I was very focused and I know how good Stuart is,” said Nicholson, the former Players Champion.

“I went up there as if it was the final and felt I played well and was particularly pleased to close the match out.

“I’m looking forward to going home and preparing for the next game. I want to be in the tournament after Christmas and I’m half way there.”

Kellett broke Nicholson’s throw in the opening leg but the Australian star replied in kind before a 180 and a 97 finish saw him move ahead with a 12-darter.

He then took out 72 to take the first set before winning all three legs in the second as he doubled his advantage, hitting his third and fourth 180s in the process.

Nicholson then finished the job, winning the third set by three legs to one, finishing up with an average just shy of 97.

‘The Asset’ will return to action on Sunday December 22 to face either Kevin Painter or Tomas Seyler.

By Chris Murphy

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