Darts: Kiwi Darren Herewini progresses at BDO World Darts Championship

Kiwi Darren Herewini.
Kiwi Darren Herewini. Photo credit: BDO Darts/Pro Sports Images

New Zealand's Darren Herewini is through to the last 32 at the British Darts Organisation World Championship at London's O2 Arena on Sunday (NZ time).

Herewini, competing in his first World Championship, came from a set down to beat England's Simon 'Lefty'  Stainton 3-1. 

The Porirua native threw three 180s and averaged 87.30 per oche visit, in an impressive display against Stainton, who was also competing in his first world champs. 

But the most telling stat was his finishing, hitting 11 of 26 double attempts. 

"I love it - just to be a part of this... awesome atmosphere, can't get any better than this," declared a jubilant Herewini.

After hitting the winning double, he turned to the crowd and pulled a Pūkana,

"To get up on here, in front of a crowd like this, is phenomenal," he added. "All I wanted to do was get past the first round and try and progress from there.

"These guys have just heard of me. I'm trying to be up there with them, just try and progress."

'Apocalypse' will face a tougher test in the next round, where he'll meet 2012 world finalist, Andy Hamilton of England, on Tuesday.

The winner of the tournament receives £50,000 (NZ$98,195).

Last year, Herewini became the first Kiwi male to win the World Darts Federation World Cup singles title in Romania.