Van Gerwen edges out Norris to win second UK Open qualifier!

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Michael van Gerwen claimed glory in the second UK Open qualifier of 2016 after beating Alan Norris 6-4 in Saturday’s final at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, in Wigan. Van Gerwen was in scintillating form throughout the day, and guaranteed his spot in the third-round of the UK Open with victory over the former BDO World finalist.

Van Gerwen dropped just a solitary leg in progressing through to the last 16 stage. The world number one whitewashed both Matt Padgett and Joe Murnan, before thumping former World-Youth champion Arron Monk 6-1.

Van Gerwen then whitewashed his compatriot Benito van de Pas 6-0 to secure a quarter-final berth against yesterday’s winner Adrian Lewis. MvG continued his rampant form, dismantling ‘Jackpot’ 6-1 to reach the semi-finals, for the loss of only two legs throughout the entire day.

MvG edged past the improving Simon Whitlock 6-4 in the semi-finals, before defeating Norris by the same scoreline to secure his second title of 2016. After his opening night Premier League defeat to James Wade, coupled with his last 32 exit yesterday, van Gerwen will have been determined to bounce back, and he did so in typically emphatic fashion.

However, Alan Norris will be delighted with his day’s work, as he came agonisingly close to securing his second PDC ranking title. However, ‘Chuck’s’ day could have been very different, as he survived a nailbiting last-leg decider against Prakash Jiwa in the last 256.

Norris then came through another testing tussle against popular South-African star Devon Petersen, beating ‘The Spartan’ 6-4, to set up a last 64 clash against his good friend Stephen Bunting in a rematch of the 2014 Lakeside World Championship final.

However, on this occasion Norris prevailed, beating ‘The Bullet’ 6-5 to reach the last 32 where he would later whitewash another former BDO colleague, Jeffrey de Graaf. Norris cruised through to the quarter-finals with a 6-2 win over Lee Evans, and Alan secured his semi-final spot with a 6-3 win over Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts.

Norris faced Welshman Jamie Lewis in the semi-finals, as the pair vied for the right to take on van Gerwen. It was a hard-fought battle, but Norris held his nerve to secure his third deciding-leg victory of the day to guarantee his passage through to the third-round of the UK Open.

Special mention must also go to Jamie Lewis, who has bounced back superbly from his World Championship disappointment. Lewis kicked off his qualification campaign with a deciding-leg win against Chris Dobey, before edging past Tony Newell 6-4.

‘Rasta’ cruised past ‘The Adonis’ Steve Beaton 6-1 in the last 32, and secured a place in the last eight with victory over the veteran Matt Clark. The Welshman continued his fine form with a comprehensive 6-2 victory over Kyle Anderson in the quarters, before his hopes of winning a maiden PDC ranking title were quashed by Norris.

It was a fantastic day for a number of less fancied names. Matt Clark, a former World Matchplay quarter-finalist in 2008, reached the last 16, beating the likes of Lee Palfreyman and Terry Jenkins en route, before losing to Jamie Lewis.

Lee Evans also reached the last 16 stage to virtually guarantee his UK Open berth. Evans thrashed three-time world champion John Part 6-1 to progress through to the last 64, where he then edged out world number 5 Peter Wright to reach the last 32. His run was eventually halted by Alan Norris, but Evans will be delighted with his day’s work.

Young Dutch star Berry van Peer also performed superbly; the 19-year-old, who won two development tour titles in 2015, reached the quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon to secure an appearance in his first ever PDC major tournament.

Van Peer defeated Jason Marriot, Andy Jenkins and Gary Spedding to reach the last 16, where he cruised past his compatriot Vincent van der Voort to reach the last eight. However, his fairytale run eventually came to an end against two-time world finalist Simon Whitlock.

We saw a repeat of yesterday’s final in the last 32, as Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor clashed in an enthralling third-round tie. History repeated itself on this occasion as Lewis again defeated Taylor 6-2 which saw Jackpot make the quarter-finals.

However, for the second day in succession, eight-time major winner James Wade suffered an exit in his first game of the day as he lost 6-5 to Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode. Dirk secured victory with a magnificent 148 checkout in the deciding leg, to leave Wade still searching for his first victory of his UK Open qualification campaign.

Justin Pipe is another established name yet to secure any money on the UK Open Order of Merit after he was beaten in the last 128 by Gary Spedding. Like Wade, Pipe was also edged out in a last-leg decider so both men will be under a little pressure to enjoy decent runs in Sunday’s third qualifier.

Premier League stars Michael Smith, Peter Wright and Robert Thornton were also condemned to premature exits on day-two in Wigan. Thornton was beaten 6-4 in the last 128 by former BDO man Rob Modra, whilst Smith and Wright were both last 64 casualties, being beaten by Richard Corner and Lee Evans respectively.

Coral UK Open Qualifier Two
Saturday February 6, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan

Second Round
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Paul Milford
Joe Cullen 6-5 Andy Parsons
Phil Taylor 6-1 Kevin Dowling
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-2 Rene Eidams
Mervyn King 6-2 Cristo Reyes
Dennis Smith 6-5 Darron Brown
Harry Ward 6-5 Kevin Painter
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Kirk Sheperd
Jamie Caven 6-2 Ronny Huybrechts
Alan Tabern 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Benito van de Pas 6-4 Steve West
Antonio Alcinas 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Matt Padgett
Joe Murnan 6-4 Mark Hylton
Andy Hamilton 6-4 Brett Claydon
Arron Monk 6-4 Joey Palfreyman
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 James Wade
Magnus Caris 6-5 Ricky Evans
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Richie Howson
James Wilson 6-1 Mick Todd
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Michel van der Horst 6-4 Shaun Griffiths
Joey Ten Berge 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Robert Owen 6-3 Adam Huckvale
Andy Jenkins 6-4 John Henderson
Berry van Peer 6-3 Jason Marriot
Gary Spedding 6-5 Justin Pipe
Max Hopp 6-4 Leo Hendriks
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Christian Kist
Mark Barilli 6-3 James Hubbard
Ian White 6-3 David Pallett
John Michael 6-4 Ryan de Vreede
Scott Dale 6-3 Wes Newton
Nigel Daniels 6-2 Adam Hunt
Terry Jenkins 6-3 Mark Dudbridge
Matt Clark 6-2 Andrew Johnson
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Chris Dobey
Tony Newell 6-5 Nick Fullwell
Steve Beaton 6-3 Mareno Michels
Paul Nicholson 6-2 Michael Barnard
Michael Smith 6-1 Stephen McNally
Richard Corner 6-4 Barrie Bates
Gary Stone 6-2 Dean Winstanley
Kyle Anderson 6-2 Jan Dekker
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Kevin Simm
Steve Hine 6-4 Dave Ladley
Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Nigel Heydon
Ross Smith 6-3 Simon Preston
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-3 Gerwyn Price
Wayne Jones 6-1 Mark Frost
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Matthew Edgar
Alan Norris 6-4 Devon Petersen
Peter Wright 6-1 Michael Burgoune
Lee Evans 6-1 John Part
Mark Webster 6-2 Peter Hudson
Josh Payne 6-2 Lee Whitworth
Kim Huybrechts 6-3 Jon Jukes
Robbie Green 6-0 Stephen Willard
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Darren Webster
Ken Macneil 6-4 Michael Rasztovits
Rob Modra 6-4 Robert Thornton
Ryan Harrington 6-5 Vincent Kamphuis
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Coni Singh Nagi
Mike Zuydwijk 6-4 William O’Connor

Third Round
Adrian Lewis 6-5 Joe Cullen
Phil Taylor 6-1 Yordi Meeuwisse
Mervyn King 6-1 Dennis Smith
Harry Ward 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Jamie Caven 6-5 Alan Tabern
Benito van de Pas 6-4 Antonio Alcinas
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Joe Murnan
Arron Monk 6-2 Andy Hamilton
Magnus Caris 6-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Simon Whitlock 6-3 James Wilson
Dave Chisnall 6-4  Michel van der Horst
Joey Ten Berge 6-2 Robert Owen
Berry van Peer 6-1 Andy Jenkins
Gary Spedding 6-4 Max Hopp
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Mark Barilli
John Michael 6-3 Ian White
Scott Dale 6-4 Nigel Daniels
Matt Clark 6-5 Terry Jenkins
Jamie Lewis 6-4 Tony Newell
Steve Beaton 6-3 Paul Nicholson
Richard Corner 6-3 Michael Smith
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Gary Stone
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Steve Hine
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Ross Smith
Jeffrey de Graaf  6-3  Wayne Jones
Alan Norris 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Lee Evans 6-5 Peter Wright
Josh Payne 6-2 Mark Webster
Kim Huybrechts 6-4  Robbie Green
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Ken Macneil
Ryan Harrington 6-2 Rob Modra
Andrew Gilding 6-3 Mike Zuydwijk

Last 32
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Phil Taylor
Mervyn King 6-1 Harry Ward
Benito van de Pas 6-5 Jamie Caven
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Arron Monk
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Magnus Caris
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Joey Ten Berge
Berry van Peer 6-4 Gary Spedding
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 John Michael
Matt Clark 6-4 Scott Dale
Jamie Lewis 6-1 Steve Beaton
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Richard Corner
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Mensur Suljovic
Alan Norris 6-0 Jeffrey de Graaf
Lee Evans 6-3 Josh Payne
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Andrew Gilding 6-4 Ryan Harrington

Last 16
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Mervyn King
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Benito van de Pas
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Berry van Peer 6-2 Vincent van der Voort
Jamie Lewis 6-2 Matt Clark
Kyle Anderson 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Alan Norris 6-2 Lee Evans
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Andrew Gilding

Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Adrian Lewis
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Berry van Peer
Jamie Lewis 6-2 Kyle Anderson
Alan Norris 6-3 Kim Huybrechts

Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Alan Norris 6-5 Jamie Lewis

Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Alan Norris
Prize Money

Winner £10,000
Runner-Up £5,000
Semi-Finalists £2,500
Quarter-Finalists £2,000
Last 16 £1,500
Last 32 £750
Last 64 £250
Total £60,000

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