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Monday 18 December 2017

Mansell sets his sights on place in the last eight

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."

CLASH

Mansell's clash with Anderson will be the last game 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.

Last night saw Raymond van Barneveld had to dig deep to come back and defeat number eight seed Dave Chisnall in their opening round clash.

Chisnall was a finalist in Dublin last year and raced into an early lead when winning the first set 3-0 but the five-time world champion fought back to progress and set up a second round tie against Mervyn King, who himself had to go all the way to a deciding leg against Wes Newton.

Vincent van der Voort may have been Michael van Gerwen's best man at his wedding, but van Gerwen showed no compassion when beating his good friend 2-0.

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