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England Dart Dominance Suppressed - 2001-12-31

A Canadian and a Dutchman have stopped the dominance of the home country at the end of the first round of the World Darts Championship at Purfleet near London, England.

John Part from Oshawa in Ontario is one of the most articulate players in the game. He won the world title back in 1994, but then went through a dry spell when he made more impact in TV commentary than by throwing the darts.

However, he reached the final again last year, and has shown signs since that he might, at least, repeat the feat.

Part has recorded a four to two victory over Mick Manning a former world soft-tip champion. While darts is played the world over, the English have dominated the game.

The Dutchman, Roland Scholten, moved to England to be able to play the best more often, and has improved notably. He's eased through against one of the game's veteran stars "Big" Cliff Lazarenko.