Reigning champion Glen Durrant began his Winmau World Masters defence with a comprehensive straight-sets victory, as Martin Adams and Danny Noppert suffered surprise first-round exits at the Lakeside Country Club on Friday afternoon.
Glen Durrant began the defence of his Winmau World Masters title with a comprehensive straight sets victory over Maltese qualifier Norbert Attard. ‘Duzza’ wasn’t at his vintage best; averaging just 87.78. However, he was always in control and sealed his progression to the last 16 with a clinical 133 checkout.
Irish qualifier John O’Shea dumped out three-time champion Martin Adams in an extremely topsy-turvy first-round contest. All five sets went against throw, as Adams was punished for converting just four of his nineteen attempts at double, allowing O’Shea to progress with a modest 80.58 average.
Another shock saw Canadian qualifier Kiley Edmunds knock out world number three Danny Noppert in a thrilling five-setter. Noppert fired in five maximums but was profligate in the finishing department, hitting just 25% of his double attempts. Edmunds took full advantage, averaging 89.90 to record a brilliant 3-2 triumph.
World champion Scott Waites eased into round-two with a straight-sets victory over David Copley. Waites, a Winmau World Masters champion back in 2011, averaged a modest 83.76 compared to Copley’s 87.99, but the two-time world champion took advantage of some erratic finishing from the qualifier to register a comfortable win.
World number two Scott Mitchell stormed into the last 16 after thrashing Swedish qualifier Oskar Alukasiak. The 2015 world champion put in an extremely professional display, averaging 90.18 and converting 67% of his attempts at double, as he secured a place in the last 16 without dropping a single leg.
Eighth seed Wesley Harms booked his place in the second-round after producing a fine comeback from 2-0 down to overcome Australian qualifier Raymond Smith. Smith started strongly, but Harms clinched his first set with a stunning 164 finish, before claiming the final two sets without reply to seal victory with an 88.07 average.
Harms will face Darius Labanauskas in the last 16, after the Lithuanian breezed through to round-two having dropped just the solitary leg against Welsh qualifier Steve Alker. It was a rather scrappy affair, with Labanauskas averaging 83.14 to Alker’s 78.08, as the Welshman was punished for a miserly 11% conversion rate on the doubles.
Jamie Hughes produced a fine performance to seal his spot in round-two. ‘Yozza’ averaged 90.50, hit three maximums and converted finishes of 103, 130 and 167 to defeat BDO veteran Gary Robson 3-1. Hughes’ scoring was particularly impressive, as he finished with a 9-dart average of 105.74.
Brian Dawson edged out Lakeside runner-up Jeff Smith in a nerve-jangling deciding leg on Friday afternoon. The twelfth seed fired in two maximums and averaged 87.21 to progress, and whilst Smith converted 50% of his double attempts, ‘The Silencer’ was unable to match the Yorkshireman’s impressive scoring power.
Dean Reynolds continued his good form to record an emphatic straight sets victory over qualifier Neil Duff. Duff’s solitary leg came courtesy of a stunning 149 finish but Reynolds dominated the contest, hitting 60% of his double attempts and averaging 82.17 en route to victory.
Reigning World Trophy champion Darryl Fitton produced an impressive display to whitewash Dave Parletti 3-0 in round-one. ‘The Dazzler’ lived up to his name, averaging 90.18 to record a straight-sets victory which sets up a mouth-watering last 16 showdown with Dean Reynolds.
Jim Williams came from 2-1 behind to defeat PDC European Tour participant Robert Allenstein in an entertaining tussle. Allenstein led 1-0 and 2-1, but Williams performed solidly, averaging 92.79 and landing three maximums to edge out the German in a tense last-leg decider.
Belgian qualifier Davy van Baelen dumped out 2014 World Masters champion Martin Phillips in an attritional battle. Phillips fired in three maximums but his performance was plagued with inconsistency, as Van Baelen hit three maximums, averaged 86.68 and converted 38% of his double attempts to record a 3-1 victory.
Geert de Vos coasted into the last 16 with a straight sets victory over Michael Meaney in the penultimate match of Friday’s marathon session. The former BDO World Trophy winner wasn’t at his best, averaging just 83.50. However, the Belgian converted 50% of his doubles as Meaney failed to register a single leg.
Richard Veenstra became yet another seed to suffer an early departure after he was beaten by Scotland’s Alan Soutar. Both men hit one maximum apiece but Soutar was clinical; clinching a 3-1 victory with an 89.39 average and a mightily impressive 55% checkout success ratio.
Mark McGeeney survived three match darts to edge past qualifier James Hurrell in arguably the match of round-one. Hurrell posted a stunning 9-dart average of 109.86, hitting four maximums. However, McGeeney posted 5 180’s and converted 50% of his doubles to progress to the second-round.
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2016 Winmau World Masters- Last 32
Glen Durrant 3-0 Norbert Attard
Martin Phillips 1-3 Davy van Baelen
Wesley Harms 3-2 Raymond Smith
Darius Labanauskas 3-0 Steve Alker
Martin Adams 2-3 John O’Shea
Brian Dawson 3-2 Jeff Smith
Jim Williams 3-2 Robert Allenstein
Jamie Hughes 3-1 Gary Robson
Danny Noppert 2-3 Kiley Edmunds
Richard Veenstra 1-3 Alan Soutar
Mark McGeeney 3-2 James Hurrell
Scott Waites 3-0 David Copley
Dean Reynolds 3-0 Neil Duff
Darryl Fitton 3-0 Dave Parletti
Geert de Vos 3-0 Michael Meaney
Scott Mitchell 3-0 Oskar Alukasiak