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Seventh seed Mensur Suljovic suffered a surprise defeat by world number 61 Ryan Searle in the second round of the PDC World Championship. The Austrian, who has enjoyed the best season of his career, was beaten 3-1 at Alexandra Palace.

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Although Suljovic started strongly with two 180s in his opening two legs, his opponent from Somerset was the more solid player throughout. The World Championship debutant sealed victory with a superb 118 checkout.

His reward is a third-round tie against the Republic of Ireland’s William O’Connor.

Friday December 21
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

Benito van de Pas v Jim Long (R2)

John Henderson v Gabriel Clemens (R2)

Steve West v Richard North (R2)

Kyle Anderson v De Graaf/Malicdem (R2)

Evening Session (1900)
Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

Ian White v Devon Petersen (R2)

Jelle Klaasen v Keegan Brown (R2)

Gerwyn Price v Nathan Aspinall (R2)

Jonny Clayton v Dimitri Van den Bergh (R2)

Former BDO champions Steve Beaton and Stephen Bunting joined Suljovic in exiting the competition.

Veteran Beaton, 54, the 1996 BDO world champion, was beaten 3-0 by fellow Englishman Chris Dobey.

The 28-year-old Dobey only conceded two legs to set up a third-round date with Holland’s Vincent van der Voort.

Bunting, the 2014 BDO champion, lost 3-1 to Luke Humphries.

England’s Alan Norris battled back to win a sudden-death thriller against Irishman Steve Lennon who had two darts to win the match.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands’ Jermaine Wattimena will meet two-time world champion Gary Anderson in round three after he beat Michael Barnard 3-0.

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