Ricky Evans demolishes Nathan Aspinall in an astonishing manner at the PDC world darts championship.

Ricky Evans caused a major upset by defeating World Matchplay champion Nathan Aspinall in straight sets in the second round of the world darts championship at Alexandra Palace.

Evans, who is ranked 53rd in the PDC Order of Merit, only lost two legs in the match and will now face Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney in the last-32 after Christmas.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Evans said, “Nathan is one of the top darts players in the world, and I have completely outplayed him. I may be a strange and loveable fool, but I have just beaten Nathan Aspinall!

“There may be a funny walk-on and a funny side to me, but I am also a good dart player and it will eventually show.”

Stephen Bunting advanced to the third round with a 3-0 victory over Ryan Joyce, with an impressive average of 107.28. Bunting hit five 180s on his way to the win and will now face Germany’s Florian Hempel in the next round.

Ryan Searle secured a place in the next round by defeating Tomoya Goto 3-1. Although Searle won the first two sets comfortably, his Japanese opponent put up a fight and won the third set before ultimately losing in the fourth as Searle swept him away.

Tournament debutant Berry van Peer, ranked 107th in the PDC Order of Merit, continued his run of surprises by winning 3-1 against Josh Rock, having already eliminated Luke Woodhouse in the first round.

In the afternoon session, world No 9 Jonny Clayton came from behind to secure a 3-1 win against Steve Lennon. Lennon took the lead by winning the opening set, but Clayton leveled the match in the second set. Clayton managed to win a closely contested third set and secured a clean sweep in the final set to win the match.

Daryl Gurney held off a late comeback from Steve Beaton to win 3-1. Gurney started strong with a 104 average in the opening set and won the second set as well. Beaton mounted an incredible comeback in the third set, but Gurney sealed the victory with a 136 checkout.

Ricardo Pietreczko reached the third round on his Alexandra Palace debut after a tight battle against Callan Rydz, winning 3-2. After a shaky start, Rydz managed to level the match in the second set. Rydz came close to a nine-darter in the third set, but Pietreczko took advantage and snatched the set. Rydz threw 128 to force a decider, but Pietreczko swept the fifth set for the win.

Richard Veenstra dominated his clash against Kim Huybrechts, winning all nine legs with an average of 99.46 to advance to the next round. Veenstra will now face world number 2 Michael van Gerwen.

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