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Co Stompe Stomps Jelle Klaasen at Lakeside World Championship

(from Sky Sports)

Defending champion Jelle Klaasen crashed out of the Lakeside World Championship at the first hurdle, beaten 3-0 by fellow Dutchman Co Stompe.

Klaasen has endured a turbulent year off the oche since claiming the title at his first attempt last year and arrived unseeded for his defence.

But he was still expected to beat the man affectionately known as ‘The Matchstick’ – Stompe had lost his previous four first round games at Frimley Green.

Former Amsterdam tram driver Stompe enjoyed a one-sided victory, racing through in straight sets as Klaasen looked a shadow of the player who had played such thrilling darts 12 months ago.

“The bookmakers had Jelle as 3-10 favourite against me and I wasn’t having that,” said Stompe.

“After I won the first set I saw Jelle struggling and getting down and just told myself to finish him off and keep the pressure on.

“I had lost four first-round matches on the trot and really wanted to get through this one.”

Stompe now faces a second-round match against Martin Adams after the England captain enjoyed a 3-0 victory over Tony O’Shea.

Adams, the top seed at the Lakeside, raced through the opening two sets before O’Shea finally found some form during a competitive third.

Read the entire article at Sky Sports.

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