Two-time winner Adrian Lewis suffered a shock early exit from the PDC World Championship following defeat by American Danny Baggish in the second round at Alexandra Palace.

Lewis, who claimed back-to-back world titles in 2011 and 2012, paid for a slow start, missing 15 darts at doubles during the opening two sets.

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Although ‘Jackpot’ started to find his range in the third set with finishes of 84 and 127, Baggish landed a 170 checkout before completing a 3-1 victory. The American will next take on 2020 Premier League winner Glen Durrant.

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“I’m so happy. That is a special win for me,” said Baggish, who dedicated the impressive performance to his brother, Harrison, who had suffered a severe stroke at home in Florida.

“That was for my brother. I’m really emotional and that’s why I let it all out at the end. It has been a difficult and emotional 24 hours, but I am doing him proud at that means everything.”

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Baggish, who knocked out Australian Damon Heta in the first round, added: “People have written me off before both games, but I will keep showing them.”

Elsewhere during Tuesday’s afternoon session, Simon Whitlock, the 2010 runner-up, saw off Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas in five sets. The Australian landed 10 maximums and an average of 101.21 in his 3-2 victory.

“Darius is a fantastic player. I knew I had to play my best darts to beat him and I was able to play some fantastic darts to get the job done,” Whitlock said.

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Yorkshireman Joe Cullen defeated Wayne Jones 3-0, and will next face Welsh World Cup of Darts winner Jonny Clayton. Brendan Dolan recorded a 3-1 win over Japanese qualifier Edward Foulkes to secure his place in the third round against world No 3 Gerwyn Price.

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