German Darts Masters- Day 1 Report & Results!

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Kevin Painter, Stephen Bunting, Daryl Gurney, James Wilson and home-favourite Reine Eidams were among the players to reach the second-round of the German Darts Masters, as Alan Norris and Andrew Gilding suffered surprise exits at the Ballhausforum, Dolce Hotel, Munich, on Saturday.

However, the performance of the day was produced by former world finalist Kevin Painter, who eased into the last 32 with a stunning 6-1 victory against Stuart Kellett. ‘The Artist’averaged 101.7 and boasted an impressive 55% on the doubles, although ‘KO’ almost stole the headlines, missing D12 for a 9-darter in leg four.

Stephen Bunting prevailed 6-4 against Steve Beaton in a battle of the world champions in the penultimate game of Saturday’s double-session. Beaton delivered an inspired 161 checkout to go 4-3 up, but ‘The Bullet’ fired back superbly, and clinched victory with an excellent 110 finish, to set up a tasty second-round tie against Peter Wright.

World Championship quarter-finalist Alan Norris suffered a surprise exit at the hands of Jermaine Wattimena in a topsy-turvy contest. There were five successive breaks in the opening stages, before Wattimena missed 11 match darts. Yet, the quick-fire Dutchman wasn’t to be denied, and managed to close out a morale-boosting 6-4 victory.

Devon Petersen edged through to round-two with a fine comeback victory over Nathan Aspinall. The World-Youth championship runner-up led 4-2, but Petersen won three straight legs to lead 5-4. Aspinall forced a last-leg decider due to a fantastic 155 finish, but the South African held his nerve to set up a meeting with Benito van de Pas tomorrow.

Joe Cullen continued his fine form as he stormed into round-two with an emphatic 6-1 triumph against young Dutch talent Mike Zuydwijk. ‘The Rockstar’, who reached his maiden PDC major quarter-final at the UK Open three weeks ago, averaged a respectable 91.07, to punish Zuydwijk’s disappointing 11% on the doubles.

Chris Dobey produced a magnificent display to cruise past European Tour debutant Ben Davies 6-1 in Munich. Dobey, who is mentored by Gary Anderson, kicked off proceedings with a 12-darter, followed by an 11-dart leg. He finished with an average of just under 100, to set up a second-round meeting against a rejuvenated Robert Thornton.

Daryl Gurney came close to hitting a nine-darter as he saw off the talented Belgian youngster Dimitri van den Bergh 6-3. Gurney, a Dutch Darts Masters finalist last month, hit four maximums and completed his victory with a magnificent 10-darter, to set up a pulsating second-round clash against world champion Gary Anderson.

James Richardson lived up to his nickname of ‘Ruthless’, as he breezed past Andrew Gilding 6-1. ‘Goldfinger’ is struggling for form at present, and that was reflected by his miserly 79.92 average. However, Richardson scored well throughout, and will now face nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins on Sunday afternoon.

Former UK Open finalist Mark Walsh breezed through to round-two with a convincing 6-2 victory over Thomas Junghans. It was a scrappy affair and the Swiss star didn’t do himself justice, but Walsh averaged 82.32 and posted 40% on the doubles to set up a clash with Ian White on Sunday afternoon.

Ronny Huybrechts will face his stablemate Jelle Klaasen on Sunday, after the Belgian overcame Greek star John Michael, also by virtue of a 6-2 scoreline. Michael scored superbly and hit four maximums, but he was ruthlessly punished for his abject 13% on the doubles, as ‘The Rebel’ produced a professional performance to ease through.

Cristo Reyes impressed as he dismantled Mark Barilli 6-2 this afternoon. The Spaniard opened up proceedings with a spectacular 16o checkout, before averaging 93.14 and hitting 55% on the doubles to defeat the Scot. Reyes will now face Brendan Dolan in the last 32, and ‘The Spartan’ will fancy his chances against the floundering Northern Irishman.

Jeffrey de Graaf claimed his first ever PDC European Tour victory with a hard-fought win against Darren Johnson. The former BDO world number three recorded four maximums, however he hit just 6/26 on the doubles, as he edged through 6-4 to set up a second-round clash with second seed Michael Smith.

Reine Eidams will face Michael van Gerwen in a repeat of their first-round World Championship clash last year. Eidams delighted the home crowd with a 6-1 victory against Peter Hudson. Nevertheless, it wasn’t as one-sided as the scoreline suggested; Hudson endured a torrid time on the doubles, converting just 1 of his 17 attempts.

However, Fabian Herz was unable to replicate his compatriot’s heroics, as he was beaten 6-3 by the tenacious John Bowles. Herz was unable to maintain consistency, whilst Bowles averaged a solid 91.75 to set up a second-round clash against 2012 German Darts Masters winner Adrian Lewis.

Tomas Seyler was another German to depart in round-one, as he was beaten 6-3 by William O’Connor in an attritional battle. Both players averaged in the 70’s and were guilty of profligacy in the latter stages of legs. Seyler was punished for hitting just 3/15 on the doubles, and O’Connor will take on Belgian star Kim Huybrechts tomorrow.

Former BDO world number one James Wilson also condemned home-favourite Mark Puls to a first-round exit, with an accomplished 6-3 victory. Puls stayed in contention with a fine 102 checkout, although Wilson completed the win with a majestic 130 checkout on the bullseye.

German Darts Masters
European Tour Event Two
Ballhausforum, Dolce Hotel, Munich
Saturday March 26

First Round
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm UK time)
Mark Walsh 6-2 Thomas Junghans
Ronny Huybrechts 6-2 John Michael
Cristo Reyes 6-2 Mark Barilli
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-4 Darren Johnson
John Bowles 6-3 Fabian Herz
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Rene Eidams 6-1 Peter Hudson
James Richardson 6-1 Andrew Gilding

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm UK time)
Joe Cullen 6-1 Mike Zuydwijk
Kevin Painter 6-1 Stuart Kellett
Chris Dobey 6-1 Ben Davies
William O’Connor 6-3 Tomas Seyler
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Alan Norris
James Wilson 6-3 Marko Puls
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Steve Beaton
Devon Petersen 6-5 Nathan Aspinall

Sunday March 27
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm UK time)
Brendan Dolan (14) v Cristo Reyes
Justin Pipe (16) v Kevin Painter
Terry Jenkins (11) v James Richardson
Ian White (7) v Mark Walsh
Robert Thornton (9) v Chris Dobey
James Wade (4) v Joe Cullen
Kim Huybrechts v William O’Connor
Dave Chisnall (8) v Jermaine Wattimena

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm UK time)
Adrian Lewis (6) v John Bowles
Jelle Klaasen (10) v Ronny Huybrechts
Michael Smith (2) v Jeffrey de Graaf
Peter Wright (3) v Stephen Bunting
Mensur Suljovic (15) v James Wilson
Gary Anderson (12) v Daryl Gurney
Benito van de Pas (13) v Devon Petersen
Michael van Gerwen (1) v Reine Eidams

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    1. Hi mate, it’s not being televised although it’s available to watch on PDC.TV, which if you haven’t got already, you can get for £3 a month. Failing that, you can watch it on a few betting sites, such as bet365!

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