Painter crashes out

IPSWICH Town fan and 13th seed, Kevin Painter, was a first round casualty in the Ladbrokes.com world darts championship yesterday.Cambridgeshire-based Painter, who attends matches at Portman Road whenever his playing commitments allow, lost to England's Colin Osborne at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet.

IPSWICH Town fan and 13th seed, Kevin Painter, was a first round casualty in the Ladbrokes.com world darts championship yesterday.

Cambridgeshire-based Painter, who attends matches at Portman Road whenever his playing commitments allow, lost to England's Colin Osborne at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet.

Painter, the 2004 runner-up, was the last of the 11 seeds to bow out at the first-round stage as he lost 3-1 to rising star Osborne, who is unseeded.

Seven of the 16 second-round matches were taking place today, the highlight being the clash between top seed Colin Lloyd and four-time Lakeside world champion Raymond van Barneveld.

Ipswich-born darts star Keith Deller failed to qualify for the championships.

The 1983 Embassy world champion was knocked out at a qualifying event held at Villa Park, Birmingham.

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Deller, who will be 47 on Christmas Eve, has dropped out of the top 32 players.

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