Ten stars secure European Qualification double!

Former European Tour winners Steve Beaton and Mervyn King were among ten players to secure places in the Austrian Darts Open and European Darts Grand Prix on Friday, as UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall also sealed a qualification double.

There were 18 places on offer in each UK Qualifier in Barnsley, with Beaton and King securing their spots in both tournaments which take place next month. This maintains Beaton’s astonishing record of having come through qualification for six consecutive European Tour events in 2019.

UK Open champion Aspinall will feature in Graz and Sindelfingen after enjoying a flawless afternoon of qualification, while former Lakeside champion Stephen Bunting and Premier League contender Chris Dobey also did the double, alongside Keegan Brown, Jamie Hughes, Ross Smith and Ryan Searle.

Elsewhere, World Matchplay semi-finalist Jeffrey de Zwaan was the solitary player to enjoy a qualification double in the European Tour Card Holder Qualifier, as he produced the goods on an action-packed evening at the Barnsley Metrodome.

De Zwaan’s fellow Premier League Contenders Steve Lennon and John Henderson were amongst the UK Qualifiers for the Austrian Darts Open, alongside another former Lakeside champion Mark Webster, who is set for a welcome return to European Tour action.

The other qualifiers for next month’s Austrian Darts Open included UK Open semi-finalist Andrew Gilding, South African World Cup star Devon Petersen, as well as Conan Whitehead, Jamie Bain, Mark Barilli and Mark Wilson.

Three-time Lakeside world champion Glen Durrant – who was edged out by Hughes in the opening-round of ET5 Qualifying- made amends by sealing qualification to Sindelfingen, courtesy of a nail-biting 6-5 success against former World Youth champion Arron Monk.

Mark McGeeney – who Durrant defeated to win his second Lakeside title – also qualified, alongside World Championship quarter-finalist Brendan Dolan, former World Youth finalist Josh Payne and 2018 UK Open semi-finalist Robert Owen. Dave Prins, Gavin Carlin, Matthew Edgar and James Richardson also clinched their spots at the European Darts Grand Prix.

Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld headlined the list of six European qualifiers for the Austrian Darts Open, overcoming Danny Noppert 6-4 before posting a 105 average in thrashing Madars Razma.

Van Barneveld’s compatriots De Zwaan and Dirk van Duijvenbode, Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts, Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas and Polish World Cup ace Tytus Kanik also secured spots in Graz, as a number of seeds tumbled at the first hurdle.

Barney was denied a qualification double after losing 6-4 in the final round of ET6 qualifying against World Youth champion Dimitri Van den Bergh, whilst former World Masters champion Krzysztof Ratajski halted Labanauskas’ charge in Friday’s second qualifier.

Razma survived missed match darts from German number two Martin Schindler as he qualified for the Sindelfingen event, where he will be joined by former UK Open finalist Vincent van der Voort and Development Tour event winner Niels Zonneveld.

However, in the UK Qualifier, there was disappointment for the Australian duo of Simon Whitlock and Corey Cadby, who suffered successive opening-round exits at the Barnsley Metrodome. The list of results can be viewed below.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Austrian Darts Open (ET5)
UK Qualifier
Final Matches

Mervyn King 6-3 Matt Clark
Andrew Gilding 6-0 Scott Taylor
Steve Beaton 6-3 Justin Pipe
Devon Petersen 6-5 Steve West
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Nathan Rafferty
Conan Whitehead 6-1 James Wilson
Steve Lennon 6-1 Bradley Brooks
Jamie Bain 6-3 Kyle Anderson
John Henderson 6-5 Reece Robinson
Mark Webster 6-3 Josh Payne
Keegan Brown 6-1 Adam Hunt
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
Chris Dobey 6-5 Matthew Dennant
Ross Smith 6-2 Richard North
Mark Barilli 6-4 Dave Prins
Jamie Hughes 6-1 Wayne Jones
Ryan Searle 6-4 James Richardson
Mark Wilson 6-3 Brendan Dolan

UK Qualifiers: Mervyn King, Andrew Gilding, Steve Beaton, Devon Petersen, Stephen Bunting, Conan Whitehead, Steve Lennon, Jamie Bain, John Henderson, Mark Webster, Keegan Brown, Nathan Aspinall, Chris Dobey, Ross Smith, Mark Barilli, Jamie Hughes, Ryan Searle, Mark Wilson

European Tour Card Holder Qualifier
Final Matches

Darius Labanauskas 6-4 Christian Bunse
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Madars Razma
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
Tytus Kanik 6-1 Jan Dekker
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Ron Meulenkamp
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Mike van Duivenbode

European Qualifiers: Darius Labanauskas, Raymond van Barneveld, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Tytus Kanik, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Kim Huybrechts

European Darts Grand Prix (ET6)
UK Qualifier
Final Matches

Mervyn King 6-0 Adam Hunt
Jamie Hughes 6-2 Alan Norris
Steve Beaton 6-5 David Pallett
Matthew Edgar 6-2 Steve West
Stephen Bunting 6-5 Kevin Burness
Mark McGeeney 6-1 Mark Webster
Robert Owen 6-2 Barrie Bates
Dave Prins 6-3 Devon Petersen
Gavin Carlin 6-5 John Henderson
Josh Payne 6-5 Andy Boulton
Keegan Brown 6-5 William O’Connor
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Mark Wilson
Chris Dobey 6-2 Nathan Rafferty
Ross Smith 6-4 Ryan Meikle
James Richardson 6-2 Robert Thornton
Glen Durrant 6-5 Arron Monk
Ryan Searle 6-5 Daniel Ayres
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Richard North

UK Qualifiers: Mervyn King, Jamie Hughes, Steve Beaton, Matthew Edgar, Stephen Bunting, Mark McGeeney, Robert Owen, Dave Prins, Gavin Carlin, Josh Payne, Keegan Brown, Nathan Aspinall, Chris Dobey, Ross Smith, James Richardson, Glen Durrant, Ryan Searle, Brendan Dolan

European Tour Card Holder Qualifier
Final Matches

Niels Zonneveld 6-4 Vincent Kamphuis
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Mario Robbe
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Darius Labanauskas
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 John Michael
Madars Razma 6-5 Martin Schindler

European Qualifiers: Niels Zonneveld, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Krzysztof Ratajski, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Vincent van der Voort, Madars Razma

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