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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Mansell looking to extend stay at Citywest

Tyrone's Mickey Mansell will look to progress to the quarter-final stage of the partypoker.com World Darts Grand Prix at the Citywest in Dublin later tonight.

Mansell faces the daunting task of taking on high scoring Scot Gary Anderson who accounted for Brendan Dolan on the opening night but Mansell was just relieved to get over the first round after coming close to doing so last year but falling to Simon Whitlock on that occasion.

Reflecting on Monday's straight sets win against Ian White Mansell said; "That (Whitlock game last year) has haunted me for 365 days - every time I've thrown darts it's been in my head and I was determined that if I had that opportunity tonight I'd take it.

"I'm relieved because there was a lot of pressure - you're playing in front of an Irish crowd and they gave some serious support, so it's a brilliant feeling."

Mansell's clash with Anderson will be the last game on the stage tonight with Adrian Lewis getting proceedings underway against Kevin Painter.

Lewis had to go all the way to a deciding leg in the concluding set to see off the challenge of Derry's Daryl Gurney on Monday night but that win now sees the two-times World Champion take on Painter who overcame Andy Hamilton.

Lewis admitted he was surprised by Gurney's challenge.

"I thought I'd thrown it away at the end, but luckily Daryl missed. I didn't expect what he threw at me and I was shaking like a leaf. Daryl kept me under pressure, took out a couple of great finishes and hit some good shots."

Phil Taylor probably would have expected to be playing Darren Webster tonight when the draw was made but Dublin debutant Andrew Gilding had different ideas as he punished a wasteful Wesbter on Monday night to secure a 2-0 win and set up the clash against Taylor who is looking for a 12th win in this tournament.

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