ROSS SMITH secured his first Alexandra Palace victory with a 3-1 success over Paul Lim in round one of the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship.

A strong start from Smith saw him land a 106 finish to take the opening set, before turning on the style with a 138 checkout in the second on his way to doubling the advantage.

Crowd favourite Lim, who came agonisingly close to a nine-darter at last year's event, won three successive legs to pull one back.

However, that was as good as it got for the 64-year-old as Smith took the final set without reply to run out a comfortable 3-1 victor, and he will now face Daryl Gurney in round two.

Match Stats
Averages:
Smith - 91.89
Lim - 91.28

180s:
Smith - 2
Lim - 1

Highest Finish:
Smith - 138
​​​​​​​Lim - 76

100+ Checkouts:
Smith - 2 
​​​​​​​Lim - 0

Finishing:
Smith - 9/18
​​​​​​​Lim - 5/16

Ross Smith (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Paul Lim (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)