ONE IN and one out. That was the Hartlepool story at the BDO Lakeside World Darts Championship on Monday night.
Tony Eccles, a world championship quarter-finalist in his previous appearance at the Lakeside before his switch to the PDC, was unable to make a winning return.
Up against Geert de Vos, the experienced West View player, known as the Viper, was edged out 3-2 by the Belgian at the Frimley Green venue.
Eccles began brightly and won the first leg in only 15 darts en route to clinching the first set.
But de Vos took the next two sets to go 2-1 in front, but Eccles fought back to win the fourth set to tie the match.
However, de Vos hit form in set five to clinch the victory.
Eccles was followed on to the famous Surrey stage by town neighbour Paul Jennings.
And Headland star Jennings, who impressed on his Lakeside debut 12 months ago, did not disappoint, clocking up a 3-1 victory over Scotland’s Ross Mopntgomery in their battle of Britain.
Jenno, a quarter-finalist in 2012, had felt unwell overnight but it did not show in the first set, which included an 11-dart leg (180/100/180/41).
He won the opening set only for Montgomery to win the second to level matters.
And when the Scot took the first two legs in set three, things looked bad for Jennings.
But Jenno reeled off three straight legs for a third set stunner and then won the fourth too for a cracking 3-1 victory.
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