WATCH: Limerick's William O'Connor powers on at World Darts Championship

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WATCH: Limerick's William O'Connor powers on at World Darts Championship

Limerick man William O'Connor has advanced to the second round of the PDC William Hill World Darts Championship in London

LIMERICK man William O'Connor powered his way into the second round of the PDC William Hill World Darts Championship after scoring an impressive victory over Niels Zonneveld on Wednesday afternoon.

Cappamore man O'Connor, nicknamed The Magpie, eased to a 3-0 victory over the Dutch man at London's Alexandra Palace.

Thirty four-year-old O'Connor is the PDCs world ranked number 36 player.

The Limerick man will now face Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney in the second round on tomorrow, Thursday, afternoon.

The match will be the four one on stage in the session which gets underway at 12noon.

O'Connor's three dart average was 88.42 in beating Zonneveld. The Limerick man, who is appearing in the World Championships for a fourth time, hit four 180s and threw more than 100 on 14 occasions.

Aftewards O'Connor told Sky Sports: "I didn't know what to expect coming into today because I hadn't played Niels before. 

"I did a lot of research on him, I was a little nervous, watched Youtube a lot, a lot of his games.

"I was on edge coming in. In comparison to how I have been practicing I probably didn't show a sixth of what I have been doing.

"I have been practicing pretty good. My preparation had been pretty good coming into today. I can move onto the next one now."

Taking place until January 3 over 28 sessions, the 2020/2021 PDC World Championship will once again offer a stg£500,000 prize to the winner along with the coveted Sid Waddell Trophy.

The pre-Christmas period in the sport's greatest tournament will see the first and second rounds played across nine days from December 15-23.

Following a three-day Christmas break, the third and fourth rounds will be held from December 27-30, with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final being held from January 1-3.

Thursday, December 17

Afternoon Session (1200 GMT)3x First Round, 1x Second Round
Madars Razma v Toru Suzuki (R1)
Mike De Decker v Edward Foulkes (R1)
Ryan Murray v Lourence Ilagan (R1)
Daryl Gurney v O’Connor/ (R2)