Gerwyn Price is through to the third round of the World Darts Championship ©Getty Images

Defending champion Gerwyn Price survived a scare to move into the third round at the Professional Darts Corporation World Darts Championship.

Welshman Price, who is known for his signature roar, has begun to recapture his best form from last year in the build-up to his title defence, and he needed to dig deep to avoid an embarrassing defeat today.

Against England's Ritchie Edhouse, who beat compatriot Peter Hudson 3-2 in the first round earlier in the night, Price had to come from one set down to secure a 3-1 win.

Edhouse had chances to move 2-1 in front, but Price won the deciding leg of the set, before powering clear to claim victory.

Earlier on, Ricky Evans of England defeated India's Nitin Kumar 3-0 to move into the second round.

Two-time winner Adrian Lewis of England, who was also the first player to score a nine-dart leg at the World Championship, set up a tantalising second-round tie with two-time champion Gary Anderson of Scotland, who lost to Price in last year's final.

Lewis beat Matt Campbell of Canada 3-1.

Tomorrow's action sees six seed Anderson face Lewis and number 22 seed Daryl Gurney of Northern Ireland face Evans.