Jim Long was mightily close to reaching the third round of the William Hill World Darts Championship as the Canadian from London, Ontario produced a simply sensational fightback from two sets to nil behind as he gave the World no.30 and a multiple PDC ranking title winner Benito van de Pas an almighty scare. Long did miss a match dart at D20 for a 72 checkout, but Van de Pas took the tie-breaker 4-2 to edge out Long in a 3-2 victory. Van de Pas produced a staggering 150 checkout to seal the win, as Long showed extreme professionalism as he applauded the Dutchman on his victory.
For Long it’s been quite a debut in the William Hill World Darts Championship as the Canadian was given a spot from the PDC due to Long finishing as the top Canadian in the CDC order of merit. And, it must be said that Long has done his friends, family, his sponsors and all at the CDC so proud. The tenacity and determination that was shown during that terrific fightback was delightful to see.
Peter Citera of the Championship Darts Circuit managed to grab a chat with Long following the narrow defeat, the interview can be found below.