Darts: Missed doubles cost Leeds' Atkins dear

Missed doubles cost Leeds' Martin Atkins a place in the second round of the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship.

Atkins was beaten 3-2 by Yorkshire county team mate Dean Winstanley, from Conisbrough, near Doncaster, after fluffing two chances to win the match.

Needing 80, Atkins - leading two sets to one and 2-1 in legs – hit a treble 20 with his first dart, but then missed double 10 and double five.

Winstanley, the second seed, took out double 40 to square the set and then levelled the match in the next leg, before winning the deciding set 4-2.

Atkins said: "I knew I was in for a hard game. I was confident, I hit a lot of 180s, but a couple of doubles cost me."

The Leeds man hit nine maximums in the contest, against seven by


A thrilling match at Frimley Green, in Surrey, saw Atkins win the first set 3-2, but he lost the next five legs before rallying to go 2-1 ahead in sets.

There was a notable exit on the second day of the championships as former world champion Ted Hankey was hammered 3-0 by sixth seed Scott Waites.

Two-time winner Hankey only had a handful of chances throughout as Waites eased through.

"Scott was better," Hankey said. "It's as simple as that. He was the better man today."

In another first-round matches Robbie Green crushed Andy Boulton 3-0.

"I can play much better than that but maybe that's a good thing," Green


Eleventh seed Brian Woods also went out, losing 3-0 to Stephen Bunting.

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