It turned out to be a disappointing world championships for KO this year, as he never showed his true skill on the big Alexandra Palace stage, going out the to the qualifier and prelim winner Sascha Stein from Germany.
Round 1: STUART KELLETT 1-3 SASCHA STEIN
First Set 0-3 – Could we be in for another shock on our hands? Stein makes a flying start, although Kellett is way below par, and misses six darts at double when losing the set.
Second Set 3-2 – Kellett escapes with the set that goes all the way. Stein threw for the set after a break, but crucially missed a dart at tops to go 2-0, and although Kellett his five when going for 52, he recovered to hit double 16 with his last dart.
Third Set 2-3 – Another close call but this time it’s Stein who prevails. Stein missed another six darts at doubles but his double 8 still made it 1-1. Stein then hits 180 to leave 57 and cleans it up, before a 14-darter puts him 2-1 ahead.
Fourth Set 2-3 – More late-night drama again as Stein books a dream place in the second round at the fourth time of asking having missed three match darts. Kellett extended the match with the first ton-plus finish of the match but Stein responded by taking out 79 on the Bull.
|Stuart Kellett||1-3||Sascha Stein|
|3||Breaks of Throw||5|
|7/17 – 41%||Checkout %||11/38 – 29%|