Taylor sees off Laursen challenge

Phil Taylor eased his way into the third round of the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace as he recorded a comfortable straight-sets victory over Denmark's Per Laursen.

There had been those who had been less than impressed with Taylor's first-round victory over Gary Mawson, but the 15-time world champion was more like his old self as an average of 102.09 saw him brush aside Laursen.

An inability to hit his trebles proved particularly costly for Laursen, with his only maximum of the contest coming with his final darts before Taylor completed the win with double top.

Mark Hylton held his nerve to come through a tense clash with former world number one Colin Lloyd 4-2. Lloyd was twice forced to fight back from a set down to level matters at 2-2, but Hylton dealt with the pressure admirably as he won six of the next seven legs to claim victory.

Adrian Lewis was a comfortable 4-1 victor over Mark Dudbridge, despite a couple of late jitters.

Meanwhile, number 16 seed Paul Nicholson endured a horror show on the doubles as he was dumped out 4-2 to qualifier Peter Wright during the afternoon session.

Nicholson had been successful with nine out of 11 shots at a double in beating Steve Farmer in round one, but he missed 35 darts at the doubles to hand his opponent a win he described as "the biggest of my career".

"I'm still in the tournament and I could go all the way," added Wright, who will now meet Taylor.

2007 semi-finalist Andy Hamilton was another to suffer double woes as he was brushed aside 4-0 by Scotland's Robert Thornton.

Mark Webster is also through after his 4-0 win over eighth seed Ronnie Baxter, continuing his impressive recent form as he averaged 97 and claimed a checkout of 167 to set up a third round tie with Hylton.