Peter Wright produced one of the finest European Tour performances in recent memory, averaging almost 114 on day-two at the German Darts Championship, as Michael van Gerwen overcame a battling Robbie Green in Hildesheim on Saturday evening.
Van Gerwen began his assault for a seventh European Tour title of the year with a hard-fought 6-4 victory over Robbie Green. The world number one averaged 99.83 and hit 46% of his double attempts to overcome ‘Kong’, who narrowly misses out on a qualification spot for the European Championships in Hasselt.
However, it was Peter Wright who produced the performance of the tournament thus far, averaging 113.77 as he recorded a comprehensive 6-1 victory over St Helens’ Eddie Dootson. Snakebite registered four maximums and hit six of his ten attempts at double, as Dootson claimed just the solitary leg, despite averaging a respectable 94.74.
International Darts Open winner Mensur Suljovic delivered a stunning performance as he swept aside Darren Johnson in round-two. The Austrian averaged a mightily impressive 106.22 and converted 55% of his attempts at double to set up a third-round clash with David Pallett.
Third seed Dave Chisnall breezed into the last 16 with a whitewash victory over ‘The Rock’ Peter Hudson. Chisnall averaged 102.48, landed three maximums and hit 43% of his doubles, as Hudson was afforded just the solitary dart at double in the entire contest.
Mark Webster continued his fine form as he dumped out sixth seed Michael Smith. ‘Webby’ thrashed Mervyn King on Friday evening, and averaged 95.37 to defeat the world number nine, who averaged 89.25 and hit just three of his eleven double attempts.
Steve West remains on course to qualify for the European Championships after reeling off five successive legs to ease past an off-colour Stephen Bunting. ‘The Bullet’ led 2-1 but finished with a miserly 79.85 average, as West fired in four maximums and averaged 89.50 to ease into round-three.
Jelle Klaasen saw off Rowby-John Rodriguez in an attritional contest in the evening session. Klaasen averaged 90.21 and landed three maximums en route to victory, punishing Rodriguez’s poor checkout ratio of 20% to secure a spot in the last 16.
Kim Huybrechts came through a gruelling tussle with 19-year-old Warwickshire ace Ted Evetts, who battled valiantly in his first European Tour event. Huybrechts averaged 92.13, wrapping up a 6-4 victory with a clinical 71 finish to set up a third-round tie against the in-form Steve West.
Terry Jenkins produced a magnificent comeback to dump out his best-friend Andy Smith in a dramatic sudden-death leg. Jenkins stormed into a 4-2 lead, but Smith reeled off three successive legs to assume control. However, the nine-time major finalist responded brilliantly, registering 13 and 14-darters in the final two legs to seal his progression.
Ian White survived three match darts as he overcame Kevin Painter in a topsy-turvy tussle. White led 3-0 and 5-3 before Painter forced a decider after ‘The Diamond’ missed match darts in successive legs. However ‘The Artist’ returned the favour, missing one dart at bull and two darts at D12, as White pinned tops to squeak through.
David Pallett fired in five maximums as he overcame Gerwyn Price in a thrilling last-leg decider. The Welshman missed darts at double to secure victory and Pallett exploited his opponent’s profligacy, securing a dramatic victory with a 94.50 average.
Elsewhere, Daryl Gurney produced the performance of the afternoon session as he eased past Ron Meulenkamp. The Northern Irishman stormed into a 5-0 advantage, but Meulenkamp avoided the whitewash, reeling off successive legs thanks to a 121 finish. However, Gurney completed the win with a 14-darter, finishing with a 99.55 average.
Justin Pipe produced a brilliant display of finishing as he thumped Simon Whitlock 6-1. ‘The Wizard’ averaged 91.81 compared to Pipe’s 87.49, but the pair’s respective finishing percentages proved decisive. Pipe hit six of his nine double attempts, whilst Whitlock converted a poultry 10% of his shots at double.
Cristo Reyes coasted into the last 16 after easing past a wasteful Benito van de Pas. ‘Big Ben’ hit just two of his nine shots at double and the Spaniard capitalised, completing a 6-2 triumph with a 91.45 average.
Joe Cullen ended German hopes as he dumped out Robert Allenstein in comprehensive fashion. ‘The Rockstar’ averaged 96.36 and hit 50% of his doubles, to set up a tasty third-round tie with second seed Peter Wright.
Finally, Alan Norris eased into Sunday’s third-round with an emphatic 6-1 victory over his Target stablemate Scott Taylor. ‘Chuck’ wasn’t at his vintage best, averaging 88.70 and hitting 40% of his attempts at double, but he remained in cruise control throughout.
2016 HappyBet German Darts Championship
Saturday October 15 – Second Round
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)
Gerwyn Price 5-6 David Pallett
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Alan Norris 6-1 Scott Taylor
Simon Whitlock 1-6 Justin Pipe
Stephen Bunting 2-6 Steve West
Terry Jenkins 6-5 Andy Smith
Benito van de Pas 2-6 Cristo Reyes
Ian White 6-5 Kevin Painter
Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Peter Hudson
Michael Smith 3-6 Mark Webster
Joe Cullen 6-1 Robert Allenstein
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Darren Johnson
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Peter Wright 6-1 Eddie Dootson
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Robbie Green
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Ted Evetts
Draw Bracket – Third Round Onwards
Dave Chisnall v Justin Pipe
Mark Webster v Terry Jenkins
Cristo Reyes v Jelle Klaasen
Peter Wright v Joe Cullen
Ian White v Alan Norris
Kim Huybrechts v Steve West
Mensur Suljovic v David Pallett
Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC