World Darts Championship: Gary Anderson coasts into PDC second round

Kevin Anderson
Anderson beat Adrian Lewis to lift the title last year
William Hill World Darts Championship
Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Dates: 15 December to 2 January
BBC coverage: Daily reports and results plus live text commentary on the final.

Gary Anderson made short work of his PDC World Championship title defence opener with a 3-0 win over qualifier Mark Frost.

Scotland's Anderson, who has won the past two Alexandra Palace showpieces, will play either John Henderson or Andrew Gilding in round two.

The 2004 runner-up Kevin Painter won the last six legs of his opening tie to beat fellow Englishman Jamie Caven 3-1.

Jamie Lewis and Michael Smith also progressed to the next round.

Top seed Michael van Gerwen, who has won 25 tournaments in 2016, will begin his defence against either Canada's Ross Snook or Finland's Kim Viljanen.