DUTCH hero Raymond van Barneveld and Stephen Bunting will meet in round two of the William Hill World Darts Championship after the pair both enjoyed whitewash wins on Sunday evening at Alexandra Palace.
Van Barneveld defeated fellow Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode in straight sets in his first round game, but it might have been a tougher contest if the 23-year-old hadn't burst his score of 180 in the deciding leg of set two.
Van Barneveld had edged the first set 3-2 and, thanks to his opponent's fatal error he also won the second by the same margin.
Van Duijvenbode, who was making his World Championship debut, never recovered and the five-time World Champion wrapped up the third set in three legs to progress.
"Busting that 180 destroyed Dirk's game," admitted van Barneveld, who is expecting to become a Grandfather over the Christmas period. "It wasn't nice for him but I have to be professional and be happy with that and I kept my focus well and got through.
"It's a tough road from here with Stephen Bunting next and then maybe Michael van Gerwen - especially for a Grandad. Maybe I'll have grey hair and a walking stick on stage when I come back!"
Bunting defeated Germany's Jyhan Artut in three sets despite a nervous ending to their match. The former Lakeside Champion dropped one leg in the first two sets but surrendered a two leg lead in the third before he finally completed the victory.
"I was very nervous," admitted Bunting, who will face van Barneveld on December 27 in a repeat of last year's quarter-final. "It was such an important game so I'm pleased to get through. Every game is tough in the World Championship and the next one will be no different."
Mervyn King also progressed after he battled back from a two-set deficit to defeat Russian qualifier Aleksandr Oreshkin, who had earlier claimed a 2-1 preliminary round victory against Singapore's Paul Lim.
Oreshkin won the first two sets against King, taking the second with finishes of 116 and a key 134 in the deciding leg.
King stormed back, though, firing in eight 180s as he won nine out of the next twelve legs to set up a last 32 tie against Jelle Klaasen or Joe Cullen.
"I could have been going home but I refused to give up," said King, who reached the semi-finals in 2009. "I am a battler and I never throw in the towel. I shouldn't have let myself get in that position in the first place but I dug in and produced a good performance to get through in the end."
Earlier in the day, Andy Hamilton suffered his first ever round one exit after a dramatic defeat at the hands of World Championship debutant Joe Murnan.
The 2012 runner-up lost out in a tie-break on Sunday afternoon, while Mensur Suljovic and Jamie Caven enjoyed convincing wins.
After winning two of the first three sets, Hamilton missed three match darts in the fourth as Murnan came back from two legs down to force a deciding set.
The final set then went to a tie-break and Murnan, who won a Players Championship event in May, went on to claim his first televised victory.
"It's amazing to be through," said the 32-year-old, who will take on Robert Thornton or Alan Norris in round two.
"I was overwhelmed when I drew Andy because he's an excellent player and to win is incredible. He should've won but I took my chance and I'm really pleased but I do feel bad for him."
Suljovic produced a classy display to see off Holland's Jermaine Wattimena. The Austrian, who has reached the last four in the World Grand Prix and Players Championship Finals in 2015, averaged over 99 in a 3-1 triumph.
Caven, meanwhile, claimed a straight sets success against New Zealander Rob Szabo, who had won his preliminary round match with Michael Rasztovits 2-0.
After the first four legs were shared, the world number 23 won seven in a row to move into the second round, where he will take on Ricky Evans.
"The first set wasn't great but after that it felt pretty good," said Caven, who is yet to make it past round two of the sport's biggest event.
"It's not been a great year for me and I knew it was time to roll my sleeves up. I'm coming back after Christmas and that's the main thing. I feel confident and I want to go deep into this tournament."
The first round continues on Monday evening, with James Wade, Michael Smith and World Grand Prix winner Robert Thornton all in action.