Gary Anderson and James Wade were dumped out on a dramatic opening day at the 2017 Coral UK Open at Butlin’s Minehead on Friday evening, to throw the tournament wide open after the withdrawal of world number one Michael van Gerwen earlier in the day.
Paul Hogan produced an astonishing display to dump out world number two Gary Anderson in an epic deciding-leg tussle. The Riley’s qualifier, ranked 77th in the BDO system, dumped out Keegan Brown and Jamie Lewis earlier in the day, before edging out Anderson with a 95.56 average and three maximums.
‘The Flying Scotsman’ was the bookmaker’s favourite after the withdrawal of Michael van Gerwen with a back problem, but Anderson was cruelly denied victory after he had a match dart bounce out of the bullseye in a decider.Hogan capitalised and pinned D8 to banish the demons from his Lakeside defeat to Glen Durrant earlier in the year.
Top seed Peter Wright booked his place in round-four with a convincing 10-3 victory against James Richardson. Snakebite was plagued by an ankle injury sustained in last night’s Premier League, but he played through the pain barrier; averaging 96.86, landing three maximums and converting 56% of his double attempts.
He’ll face Dave Chisnall in round-five, after ‘Chizzy’ produced one of the performances of the evening to ease past Jamie Caven on board two. Chisnall averaged 102.44, landed seven maximums and converted 59% of his double attempts to continue from where he left off in Exeter last night.
2014 champion Adrian Lewis edged out world number five James Wade in a pulsating affair. ‘Jackpot’ was plagued by missed doubles for much of the contest, but fired in nine maximums and averaged 98.30 to record a 10-8 victory over the two-time UK Open champion.
Two-time UK Open champion Raymond van Barneveld defeated a spirited Barrie Bates in a repeat of the 2006 UK Open Final. Bates led 5-4 at one stage, but Van Barneveld rallied and won six of the remaining seven legs to complete a convincing 10-6 victory with a 94.6 average.
Premier League strugglers Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts also triumphed; registering hard-fought victories over Jonny Clayton and Brian Woods respectively. 2012 UK Open champion Robert Thornton crashed out after suffering a humbling 10-2 defeat against a rampant Joe Cullen.
Second seed Simon Whitlock enjoyed a memorable birthday after thrashing promising youngster Chris Quantock 10-2 in the opening match on the main stage. ‘The Wizard’ averaged 101.42 to round-off a clinical display as he goes in search of his maiden UK Open crown.
Alan Norris and Daryl Gurney were the first players to secure their spots in round-four. Gurney thrashed Riley’s qualifier Alex Roy 10-2, whilst Norris defeated Dutchman Yordi Meeuwisse by the same scoreline. Elsewhere, Ronnie Baxter continued his resurgence with a fine 10-8 victory against an in-form Darren Webster.
Michael Smith wired D12 for a nine-darter in his third-round clash, but ‘Bully-Boy’ was in rampant form and eased past the in-form John Henderson 10-4. Elsewhere, multiple ranking-winner Ian White coasted into the last 32 with an emphatic 10-2 win against Riley’s qualifier Paul Barham.
It was also a profitable evening for a number of the PDC’s most promising youngsters. Ted Evetts continued his fine form with an emphatic victory against 2015 semi-finalist Andrew Gilding, whilst Chris Dobey and David Pallett saw off the veteran duo of Kevin Painter and Steve Beaton respectively.
Former World Championship finalist Kirk Shepherd edged out UK Open ever-present Wayne Jones to seal his spot in the last 32, and he’ll be joined by John Michael and Alan Tabern, who produced impressive performances to dump out Brendan Dolan and Mervyn King.
It was a successful night for a number of Dutchman. Ron Meulenkamp survived a valiant fightback from Ricky Evans to set up a fourth round clash with his compatriot Raymond van Barneveld.
Benito van de Pas and Vincent van der Voort recorded commanding wins over Matthew Dennant and Ronny Huybrechts, whilst Dirk van Duijvenbode defeated former Lakeside world champion Christian Kist in an all-Dutch affair.
Mark Webster came down from 9-8 behind to defeat Ross Twell in a marathon tussle, and his fellow Welshman Gerwyn Price also triumphed; comfortably seeing off Taunton ace Justin Pipe 10-5.
Rob Cross and Ryan Searle, both of whom secured tour cards this year via the Challenge Tour Order of Merit, clinched victories against Johnny Haines and Mick McGowan and they will now collide for a place in round-five, whilst Martin Lukeman reached the last 32 after surviving an incredible thirteen match darts to edge out Rob Hewson.
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
Coral UK Open
Friday March 3
Afternoon Session (11.45am-5pm)
First Round & Second Round
Played across eight stages
Jamie Caven 6-3 Dan Read
James Richardson 6-4 Antonio Alcinas
Ron Meulenkamp 6-1 Ting Chi Royden Lam
Paul Hogan 6-3 Keegan Brown
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Ryan Palmer
Mark Webster 6-2 Stephen Bunting
Robert Thornton 6-0 Kevin Bambrick
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 James Wilson
Mark Frost 6-4 Jamie Bain
Wayne Jones 6-5 Lee Bryant
Alex Roy 6-1 Kevin Edwards
Dean Reynolds 6-2 Andy Roberts
Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Mark Barilli
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Stuart Kellett
Ted Evetts 6-3 Paul Milford
Justin Pipe 6-0 Ryan Meikle
Ryan Murray 6-5 John Ferrell
Alan Tabern 6-4 Scott Robertson
Johnny Haines 6-0 Wayne Morris
Rob Hewson 6-4 Ritchie Edhouse
David Pallett 6-4 Andy Jenkins
John Michael 6-5 Peter Hudson
Matthew Dennant 6-4 Zoran Lerchbacher
Paul Hogan 6-4 Jamie Lewis
Joe Davis 6-2 Paul Harvey
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-4 Martin Biggs
James Carroll 6-3 Brandon Walsh
Paul Barham 6-4 Brett Claydon
Barrie Bates 6-3 Jeffrey de Graaf
Johnny Haines 6-3 Darren Johnson
Wayne Jones 6-2 Terry Jenkins
Ronnie Baxter 6-3 Richard North
James Wilson 6-4 Gary Eastwood
Darren Johnson 6-5 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Paul Milford 6-3 Brian Dawson
Tony Newell 6-4 Mark Layton
William O’Connor 6-2 Steve Lennon
Andrew Gilding 6-4 Ryan Murray
Paul Barham 6-5 Scott Taylor
Mick McGowan 6-4 Dean Reynolds
Matt Padgett 6-2 Paul Cartwright
Ronnie Baxter 6-5 Paul Rowley
Jonny Clayton 6-1 Jimmy McKirdy
Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Kai Fan Leung
Ross Twell 6-4 Joe Davis
James Richardson 6-1 Neil Smith
Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Lee Evans
Rob Hewson 6-5 Jan Dekker
Kevin Bambrick 6-5 Nicky Bell
Ben Green 6-4 Darryl Pilgrim
Lee Evans 6-5 Andrew Davidson
Jonathan Worsley 6-4 Dave Prins
Martin Lukeman 6-5 Matt Padgett
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Mark Frost
Brian Woods 6-4 Tony Newell
Alex Roy 6-4 Dave Parletti
Brian Woods 6-3 Damian Smith
Neil Smith 6-4 Steve Maish
Ryan Meikle 6-3 Vincent Kamphuis
Dave Parletti 6-2 Gareth Pass
Jamie Caven 6-0 Ben Green
Alan Tabern 6-3 James Carroll
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Devon Petersen
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-4 Jonathan Worsley
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Played across eight stages
Simon Whitlock 10-2 Chris Quantock
Peter Wright 10-3 James Richardson
Adrian Lewis 10-8 James Wade
Paul Hogan 10-9 Gary Anderson
Daryl Gurney 10-2 Alex Roy
Chris Dobey 10-8 Kevin Painter
Joe Cullen 10-2 Robert Thornton
Jamie Caven 4-10 Dave Chisnall
Raymond van Barneveld 10-6 Barrie Bates
William O’Connor 10-3 Mick Todd
Jermaine Wattimena 10-7 Kyle Anderson
Ryan Searle 10-7 Mick McGowan
Dirk van Duijvenbode 10-5 Christian Kist
Ronnie Baxter 10-8 Darren Webster
Jelle Klaasen 10-7 Jonny Clayton
Vincent van der Voort 10-4 Ronny Huybrechts
Ian White 10-2 Paul Barham
Alan Norris 10-2 Yordi Meeuwisse
Martin Lukeman 10-9 Rob Hewson
David Pallett 10-6 Steve Beaton
Michael Smith 10-4 John Henderson
Kim Huybrechts 10-8 Brian Woods
John Michael 10-9 Brendan Dolan
Kirk Shepherd 10-8 Wayne Jones
Rob Cross 10-5 Johnny Haines
Alan Tabern 10-7 Mervyn King
Benito van de Pas 10-6 Matthew Dennant
Ted Evetts 10-5 Andrew Gilding
Mark Webster 10-9 Ross Twell
Gerwyn Price 10-5 Justin Pipe
Ron Meulenkamp 10-7 Ricky Evans
Third Round Bye – following Michael van Gerwen withdrawal
Cristo Reyes Bye
Coral UK Open- Round Four Draw:
Benito van de Pas v Alan Norris
Simon Whitlock v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Jelle Klaasen v Vincent van der Voort
Ryan Searle v Rob Cross
Dave Chisnall v Peter Wright
Paul Hogan v Adrian Lewis
Chris Dobey v Martin Lukeman
Jermaine Wattimena v Michael Smith
Gerwyn Price v David Pallett
Joe Cullen v Cristo Reyes
Kim Huybrechts v Ted Evetts
Ronnie Baxter v William O’Connor
Raymond van Barneveld v Ron Meulenkamp
Mark Webster v Daryl Gurney
Alan Tabern v John Michael
Kirk Shepherd v Ian White