Mervyn King sent world champion Gary Anderson packing in the second-round of the Dutch Darts Masters, with a fantastic performance on Saturday evening. King was in tremendous form, averaging 100.54 and posting four maximums to Anderson’s three, to set up a last 16 tie against Devon Petersen on Sunday afternoon in Venray.
King led 2-0 in the early stages, but Anderson fought back strongly to level up proceedings. Yet, Mervyn produced a fantastic 11-darter to steal a march, before eventually completing a memorable 6-4 victory over ‘The Flying Scotsman’.
Michael van Gerwen began the defence of his Dutch Darts Masters title with a routine 6-3 victory over John Henderson. Van Gerwen stormed into a 5-0 advantage, but the Scot avoided the dreaded whitewash with a fine 13-darter.
MvG then missed five match darts in the seventh leg, allowing Henderson to double his tally, before ‘Big Hendo’ clinched his third leg in succession with a fine 14-dart hold culminating on D12. However, van Gerwen eventually sealed the triumph in the ninth leg, posting his third maximum and converting an 81 checkout on the bullseye for a 12-darter.
Van Gerwen will now face Justin Pipe in the last 16, in a repeat of last year’s Dutch Darts Masters final. Pipe came through a nail-biting last leg decider in a high quality contest against Jamie Lewis. The Welshman posted an average of 103.84, but Pipe prevailed, averaging 98.44 himself, with the help of four maximums.
Adrian Lewis eased into the last 16 with an emphatic 6-1 triumph against Remco van Eijden. The Dutchman had the overwhelming crowd support, but ‘Jackpot’ averaged 103 and hit three maximums to set up a clash against Terry Jenkins for a quarter-final berth.
The performance of the day was delivered by Peter Wright, who defeated former world champion Stephen Bunting in a high-quality second-round encounter. ‘The Bullet’ hit three maximums and averaged 95, but Snakebite was in imperious form, averaging 103.87 and producing a spectacular 156 finish to seize command.
Eight-time major winner James Wade began his bid for a second European Tour title with a hard-fought 6-3 victory over Ryan Harrington in the final match of Saturday’s afternoon session.
Wade eased into a 2-0 lead, but Harrington showed impressive resilience and restored parity at 3-3, courtesy of a fine 124 finish. However, ‘The Machine’ upped the ante in the latter stages of the match; winning the final three legs to secure his progression.
Jelle Klaasen secured victory on home soil as he edged out Kevin Painter 6-4 on Saturday evening. Painter struggled for consistency and could only post an 85 average, and whilst Jelle wasn’t at his best, he still posted four maximums en route to the last 16.
Elsewhere, Simon Whitlock maintained his assault for a second Dutch Darts Masters crown, as he claimed the scalp of seventh seed Ian White. Whitlock sported glasses on stage for the very first time in his victory over Mike De Decker yesterday, and his new-look continues to produce the required results.
It was an extremely high-quality affair. White averaged over 101 and took out 140 at a decisive juncture, but Whitlock showed great tenacity, averaging 100 himself and hitting four maximums to defeat ‘The Diamond’ 6-4, to set up a last 16 clash against home favourite Klaasen on Sunday afternoon.
Fifth seed Kim Huybrechts suffered a surprisingly comprehensive defeat to Devon Petersen. The South African stormed into a 3-0 lead, but Huybrechts brought the game back on throw with two successive legs. However, Devon was undeterred and secured a 6-2 win culminating with a magnificent 131 finish.
Premier League star Michael Smith cruised through to the last 16 in Venray with a comfortable 6-3 victory over Gerwyn Price. The Welshman was punished for repeated profligacy on the doubles, as ‘Bully-Boy’ established a commanding 5-1 cushion.
Price continued to battle and reduced the arrears to 5-3, before Smith converted a regulation 52 checkout to seal victory.
Terry Jenkins recorded an emphatic 6-1 victory over James Richardson to set up an enticing last 16 tie against Adrian Lewis. The nine-time major finalist recorded two 12-darters and produced a 114 finish to claim a convincing win against ‘Ruthless’.
Dave Chisnall produced an exhibition of finishing to record a comeback victory against ‘The Undertaker’ Kevin Thomas. Neither player performed anywhere near their real potential, but ‘Chizzy’ produced inspired 143 and 164 finishes to clinch a 6-3 win.
Chisnall will now face Ritchie Edhouse in the last 16, who received a bye to round-three due to Robert Thornton’s withdrawal.
Another Welshman to suffer defeat was Mark Webster, who was beaten by an extremely impressive Benito van de Pas. Webster averaged 102.66; but it was to no avail, as van de Pas averaged 100.82 en route to a clinical 6-2 triumph, to delight the partisan Venray crowd. Benito now faces James Wade for a place in the last eight.
Mensur Suljovic also progressed to the last 16 by virtue of a 6-1 rout against his young compatriot Rowby-John Rodriguez. The darts-control team-mates have a close bond which seemed to have a negative effect on the match quality, with Rowby posting a miserable 66 average.
Daryl Gurney prevailed in the all Northern-Ireland clash against Brendan Dolan, with ‘SuperChin’ claiming a 6-4 victory in an attritional battle. Dolan is desperately struggling for form at present, and averaged just 81.62 en route to suffering another premature European Tour exit.
Dutch Darts Masters – European Tour Event One
Saturday February 13
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)
Justin Pipe (16) 6-5 Jamie Lewis
Terry Jenkins (11) 6-1 James Richardson
Brendan Dolan (14) 4-6 Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic (15) 6-1 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Ian White (7) 4-6 Simon Whitlock
Dave Chisnall (8) 6-3 Kevin Thomas
James Wade (4) 6-3 Ryan Harrington
Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
Jelle Klaasen (10) 6-4 Kevin Painter
Kim Huybrechts (5) 2-6 Devon Petersen
Michael Smith (2) 6-3 Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen (1) 6-3 John Henderson
Gary Anderson (12) 4-6 Mervyn King
Benito van de Pas (13) 6-2 Mark Webster
Adrian Lewis (6) 6-1 Remco van Eijden
Peter Wright (3) 6-4 Stephen Bunting
NB: Ritchie Edhouse receives Second Round Bye following withdrawal of Robert Thornton through illness.
Michael van Gerwen v Justin Pipe
Dave Chisnall v Ritchie Edhouse
Devon Petersen v Mervyn King
James Wade v Benito van de Pas
Michael Smith v Mensur Suljovic
Simon Whitlock v Jelle Klaasen
Adrian Lewis v Terry Jenkins
Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney