Beaton not beaten just yet
Van der Voort and Nicholson made to work to reach round two
Last Updated: 18/12/11 12:14am
Magnus Caris: Let slip a 2-0 lead in the opening match of the evening session
Steve Beaton battled back from the brink of defeat to beat Magnus Caris in an opening-round thriller at the PDC World Championship.
The former BDO world champion looked set to fall at the first hurdle for the second straight year at the Alexandra Palace when he lost the first two sets.
"The support really helped me big time. The first round is always really difficult and they helped me to the end."
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Caris hit a 107-finish to take the opening set and then doubled his advantage when he hit double tops for the third time in the match.
The Swede then began the third set with a 13-darter but couldn't finish the job off, failing with three shots for the match as he seemingly became side-tracked by some heckling from the bumper crowd.
The misses proved costly, Beaton finally getting into gear to go on a run of five straight legs to take the contest into a deciding set.
The 1996 Lakeside winner needed to go to six legs to finally progress, levelling matters at 2-2 with double 16 before taking out 61 to go two clear in a see-saw battle.
Vincent van der Voort was also pushed hard in his opener on Saturday evening, eventually running out a 3-2 winner against Mark Hylton.
The Dutchman, who has become a real favourite with the fans due to his rapid throwing style, hit 11 180s but struggled a little on his doubles, meaning his opponent was twice able to come back from a set down.
However Van der Voort stepped it up in the last, averaging 107.4. He started it with a 12-dart leg and then hit double tops to seal his place in round two.
"I've been struggling the past couple of weeks," he told Sky Sports. "But I've gone back to my old darts and all of a sudden they are going in.
"The support really helped me big time. The first round is always really difficult and they helped me to the end. They love it, and I love them. It's an incredible feeling."
Paul Nicholson found himself in a battle against Mensur Suljovic, the man who knocked out Michael van Gerwen and James Wade last year.
'The Asset' suggested it might be a struggle when he needed seven attempts to hit a double in the opening leg, though he took out 110 in the second.
Double tops gave him the opening set and he made it four legs in a row at the start of the next before Suljovic landed an 11-darter to stop the run.
The Austrian eventually made it a set apiece thanks to a 121 checkout that was completed with the bull, though the third set went Nicholson's way in a hurry.
Still, Suljovic threatened to peg his opponent back again in the fourth, a 108 checkout putting him 2-1 up. However, he missed four darts to win the set, allowing Nicholson to swoop in and land double 10.
The final first-round match of the night was short but not so sweet for Denis Ovens, as he was forced to pull out of his tie with Kevin Munch due to a back injury.
Ovens did make it out on stage but looked in real discomfort as he lost the first set. He did not return after the break, meaning German Munch - who had beaten Choon Peng 4-2 in a qualifier earlier on - will face Steve Farmer, the conqueror of Ronnie Baxter in the afternoon, in the next round.