Premier League leader Glen Durrant completed a clean sweep to triumph in Group 19 of the PDC Home Tour on Tuesday evening, defeating Vincent van der Meer, Justin Pipe and Maik Kuivenhoven to advance to the last 32.
The three-time BDO world champion has seen many high-profile names crash out in the innovative live-streamed event, with Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith and James Wade among those who were denied top spot in their respective groups.
Nevertheless, the two-time PDC title winner displayed impressive consistency throughout the evening, boasting a tournament average of 99.85 – second only to Ryan Searle in the tournament to date.
Durrant kicked off his campaign with a commanding 5-1 win over Van der Meer in the group’s curtain-raiser. The Teessider averaged 101.80, converted five of his seven attempts at double and registered his five winning legs in 13, 16, 16, 13 and 15 darts.
The three-time BDO world champion then faced Pipe in his second clash of the evening, after ‘The Force’ saw off Kuivenhoven by the same 5-1 scoreline. It was billed as the showdown which would decide the group and Durrant ran out a narrow 5-3 winner in an entertaining affair.
The opening three legs went with the darts until Durrant struck the first decisive blow, producing a sensational 164 checkout to break throw, before cementing his advantage with a 13-dart hold as he stretched his lead to 4-1.
Pipe rallied however, taking out 64 and 68 finishes to reduce the arrears to 4-3 and he appeared poised to force a decider, only to spurn four darts at double which would have restored parity. ‘Duzza’ needed no further invitation – nailing a clinical 97 combination to prevail with a 98.20 average.
Despite this, Pipe kept his hopes of topping the group alive after breezing past Van der Meer 5-2 in his final tussle of the evening, meaning that Durrant required four legs against Kuivenhoven to secure top spot in Group 19.
The Dutchman flew out of the blocks, drawing first blood in 11 darts and leaving 24 after 12 darts in leg four as he closed in on a 3-1 advantage. Durrant responded in typically nerveless fashion, landing a crucial 110 checkout to level up proceedings at two apiece.
The pair traded breaks as Durrant edged closer to top spot and in the latter stages, the nine-time major winner once again delivered the goods. The Premier League debutant sealed top spot with a 13-dart break, before converting another 97 kill to close out a 5-3 win with a 100 average.
Pipe ended the night in second spot, whilst Kuivenhoven thrashed Van der Meer 5-1 to ensure that he finished above his fellow countryman. Another Dutchman enters the fray on Wednesday, with Jermaine Wattimena taking on Joe Cullen, Ryan Murray and John Michael in Group 20.
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Group 19 – Tuesday May 5
Glen Durrant 5-1 Vincent van der Meer
Justin Pipe 5-1 Maik Kuivenhoven
Maik Kuivenhoven 5-1 Vincent van der Meer
Glen Durrant 5-3 Justin Pipe
Justin Pipe 5-2 Vincent van der Meer
Glen Durrant 5-3 Maik Kuivenhoven