Micheal van Gerwen in action during day one of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

Current reigning World Champion, Michael van Gerwen set the benchmark very high as he eased to a 3-1 victory over Christian Kist at the Alexandra Palace.

Van Gerwen set an average of 106 on the opening night and a 69% success rate on his doubles as he shut the door on fellow Dutchman Kist.

The reigning champion started as he meant to go on, winning the first four legs with ease.

MVG clinched the first set with a superb 141 finish as Kist rued his missed bullseye – one of three 100 plus checkouts on the night.

However, Kist hit back in the second leg to get himself on the scoreboard as he hit a 13 darter.

It did not take long for Mighty Mike to reach a 2-0 advantage, however, the world number one looked rocked as Kist hit back in the third set.

The Lipstick narrowly secured the third set by pinning a double nine, getting the better of the bookies pre-tournament favourite.

Van Gerwen hit double 12 to grab himself an excellent 138 checkout in the third set but it was not enough to secure the match as Kist claimed the set.

Two-time world champion, Van Gerwen secured his winning set as he breezed through the last three legs unanswered.

Kist, who has admitted to suffering from arthritis, was unable to match his fellow countryman, who was far too clinical for the former Lakeside Champion.

It was an honourable performance from Kist who managed a 100 average despite suffering the pain in his throwing arm.

MVG took the match-deciding set and bagged a 114 checkout in doing so. Firmly securing himself a spot in the second round, where he will face Yorkshire-man James Wilson.

Van Gerwen told Sky Sports: “I played well to start the tournament, the first round is always hard as you want to show everyone the form you are in.”

“Every game will be different; the format will get longer and I just have to go out there and play well.”