Fermanagh man Brendan Dolan crashed out of the PDC World Championship after losing 4-1 in the second-round to Scotland’s Gary Anderson.
Former finalist Anderson scored more heavily throughout the contest and wrapped up victory in the fifth set.
Dolan won two recent ranking tournaments and went into the Alexandra Palace championship as 15th seed, but Anderson was a step too far for the local player.
Anderson won the opening three sets and missed a number of doubles to close out the match in the fourth set.
However, the Scot regrouped to take the fifth set with his 97.97 match scoring average ultimately proving the difference despite his difficulties with finishing.
Anderson, who celebrated his 43rd birthday yesterday, only managed to hit 14 out of 35 doubles in the match which he knows that he will have to improve on in the later rounds in the tournament.
Dolan’s scoring average was 90.1 and while his finishing percentage of 53.85 was better than the Scot’s,but Anderson proved too good on the day.
In addition, Dolan’s best checkout was a paltry 65 as he again was unable to get beyond the last-32 stage at Alexandra Palace.
Dolan has also exited at the second-round stage in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Anderson’s win sets up a last-16 meeting with either Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands or England’s Kevin McDine, but he will need to up his game.”