De Sousa and Cameron: The Comeback Kings

Jose De Sousa recovered from 2-0 down to stun Simon Whitlock at Alexandra Palace. The Special One became the first player to come from two sets down and triumph at this year’s World Championship, producing a stirring fightback to dump out 2010 runner-up Whitlock.

Whitlock punished a sluggish start from the Portuguese star to establish a two-set lead, but De Sousa came roaring back in superb style, winning eight of the last ten legs to complete the comeback.

“This means the world to me,” said an emotional De Sousa, who converted 114, 127 and 136 finishes to progress to round three for the third straight year.

“When I was 2-0 down I thought I had nothing to lose, and I was able to change the game in my favour. I want to recover my game and make good performances. It’s the only way I can do this job.”

Meanwhile, Canadian veteran Cameron produced an astonishing fightback to deny Edhouse, surviving six match darts in set three before winning nine of the last ten legs to set up a meeting with UK Open winner Danny Noppert.

The Cazoo World Championship continues on Tuesday evening, as five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld plays Ryan Meikle, while Women’s World Matchplay winner Fallon Sherrock faces Ricky Evans on her Ally Pally return.

The Cazoo World Darts Championship is being broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK & Ireland, through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and Viaplay, and on PDCTV (excluding UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria & Switzerland based subscribers).

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2022/23 Cazoo World Darts Championship

Monday December 19

Afternoon Session

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Andrew Gilding 3-2 Robert Owen (1-3, 3-2, 3-1, 0-3, 3-1) (R1)

Danny Jansen 3-2 Paolo Nebrida (3-1, 3-2, 2-3, 0-3, 3-0) (R1)

Lewy Williams 3-0 Niels Zonneveld (3-1, 3-2, 3-1) (R1)

Jose de Sousa 3-2 Simon Whitlock (2-3, 2-3, 3-0, 3-1, 3-1) (R2)

Evening Session

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Leonard Gates 3-1 Geert Nentjes (2-3, 3-1, 3-0, 3-2) (R1)

David Cameron 3-2 Ritchie Edhouse (0-3, 2-3, 3-2, 3-0, 3-1) (R1)

Danny van Trijp 3-0 Steve Beaton (3-1, 3-1, 3-2) (R1)

Gerwyn Price 3-1 Luke Woodhouse (1-3, 3-2, 3-1, 3-0) (R2)

—–ENDS—–

Iages: PDC / Kieran Cleeves

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