Darts: Hendo eases into PDC World Championship second round to face old rival Daryl

Huntly’s John Henderson says he is not looking for revenge on Daryl Gurney after setting up a second round clash with the Northern Irishman at the PDC World Championship.

The Highlander reached round two after a dominant display to beat Finland’s Marko Kantele at the Alexandra Palace in London.

Victory means Hendo will face the tournament’s fourth seed Gurney – who ended his fine run to the semi-final of the World Grand Prix in October.

However, the Scot is not viewing Saturday evening’s rematch as a chance for revenge.

He said: “I don’t look at it as revenge. Daryl’s a nice guy and playing well. It will be a great game and the best man will win.”

Hendo was a convincing winner against Kantele as the Finn struggled to produce his best darts on the famous stage.

After a tight first set, which was poised at 2-2, Hendo won it in the fifth leg with a brilliant check-out of 160.

In the second set, the Masada ace did not drop a leg and sealed the set by hitting the bullseye to complete a checkout of 121.

In the third set, Kantele did win one leg but that was all as Hendo won through.

The Highlander finished the game with a three-dart average of 90.09 after hitting two 180s and nine scores of 140 or more and 26 scores of 100 or more.

Hendo was satisfied with his performance, but felt Kantele was struggling for form.

He added: “I feel as though I played OK. I know Marko from back in the BDO days and he can play a lot better.”

Hendo was returning home to Huntly today before returning to London later this week ahead of Saturday’s game against Gurney.

In last night’s other first round matches, five-time world champion Raymond Van Barneveld comfortably saw off the challenge of Richard North.

The Dutchman triumphed 3-0 and will play Australian Kyle Anderson in round two. While two-time champion Adrian Lewis was knocked out by qualifier Kevin Munch who triumphed 3-1.

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