Welshman Jonny Clayton has progressed to the third round of the PDC World Darts Championship after a thrilling win against Ireland’s Keane Barry last night.

Clayton was huge favourite going into the second round tie, but a real matchup arrived in 19 year old Barry who gave him a run for his money.

The Llanelli born Grand Prix champion averaged 103.70 in the tie, having picked up the pace in the latter sets to put pressure on ‘Dynamite’ Barry.

The Ferret won the first set 3-1 through an even round of darts that saw both players average 96.48 (Clayton) and 96.60 (Barry) respectively. Seemingly, experience was on Jonny’s side as he checked out 3/7 of his chances compared to Dynamite’s 1/4.

A tough second set saw a cool headed Keane Barry put the pressure on, with a 121 checkout securing a 3-2 win for the set despite only averaging 93.77. 1-1 going into the third.

Ally Pally’s crowd was stunned when Keane Barry took the third set 3-1 after some strong darts – averaging 108 and checking out a 122 chance whilst earning a 42% successful checkout rate. 2-1 Barry.

Keane Barry takes the lead in a fierce contest against Premier League and Grand Prix winner Jonny Clayton

Welshman Clayton’s comeback began in the fourth set as his famous form grew into place – with a 114.96 average seeing him storm the set 3-1. Now 2-2 on sets, the 19 year old had work to do to prevent missing out on a place in the third round.

The fifth and final set saw a clean sweep from the experienced 47 year old as he marched to a 3-0 victory after boasting a 112.73 average. Jonny Clayton seizes the victory 3-2 to knock out an impressive Keane Barry – who has a promising future ahead.

Either Gabriel Clemens or the winner of Williams and Shibata will face Clayton in the third round, between Monday 27th and Wednesday 29th of December.