Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and amateur qualifier Barry Lynn made it through to the quarter-finals of the 2016 UK Open, whilst former champion Adrian Lewis was dumped out by Jelle Klaasen on an eventful Saturday evening at Butlins, Minehead.
Van Gerwen will now face Riley’s qualifier Lynn in the last eight, after MvG secured an emphatic 9-2 victory over Kim Huybrechts, winning nine legs in succession to sweep aside ‘The Hurricane’.
Huybrechts capitalised on some uncharacteristic fragility from van Gerwen in the opening leg after the Dutchman missed four darts at double to hold. The Belgian then doubled his lead moments later with a clinical 72 checkout. Nevertheless, this would be the final leg Huybrechts won, as MvG reeled off 9 legs within a fifteen minute period to ease through.
Huybrechts’ scoring was considerably below par; reflected in his miserly 86 average. Van Gerwen wasn’t at his explosive best, but he still posted an average in excess of 102, hitting five maximums in the process. The fact that this is considered to be almost underwhelming just illustrates the level ‘The Green Machine’ is operating at currently.