BDO World Darts: Scott Waites loses to Alan Norris in round one
BDO WORLD PROFESSIONAL DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Venue: Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green
- Date: 4-12 January
Coverage: Live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app
Defending champion Scott Waites was beaten in the first round of the BDO World Championship by Alan Norris.
Yorkshireman Waites failed to win a set as Yeovil's Norris blitzed him 3-0, securing the victory with a bullseye.
Three-time world champion Martin Adams beat Canada's David Cameron 3-1 in his preliminary-round encounter.
Adams, who tumbled down the world rankings in 2013, plays last year's beaten finalist Tony O'Shea in the first round proper.
Two-time semi-finalist Wesley Harms is into the second round after the Dutchman beat England's Paul Jennings 3-0.
And England's Martin Atkins beat eighth seed Jeffrey de Graaf of the Netherlands 3-0.
Following his humbling at the hands of the 41-year-old world number 31, carpenter Waites said he might consider taking up darts full-time.
"I've had a fair few mishaps coming up to Christmas but Alan played awesome on the day," said the 36-year-old.
"I know what sort of game I'm going to get from Alan and I didn't turn up."
Adams, 57, raced into a two-set lead without losing a leg only for Cameron to rally, the man from Nova Scotia securing the third set with his ninth shot at a double.
But Adams, making his 21st appearance at the Lakeside, held his game together to win the final set 3-1.
"There was a hell of a lot of pressure because a lot of people are here to see me win," said Adams.
"It was a massive game because when you've struggled, you never really know if it's going to happen for you again. I'm happy."
In the women's tournament, nine-time champion Trina Gulliver was beaten 2-0 in the first round by Tamara Schuur of the Netherlands.