Van Gerwen eases past Wright to reign supreme in Sindelfingen!

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Michael van Gerwen continued his dominance on the European Tour as he produced a stunning display to ease past second seed Peter Wright 6-2 in the HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen on Sunday evening.

Van Gerwen averaged 105.38 and landed five maximums to scoop the £25,000 winner’s cheque, also securing an unprecedented sixth European Tour title of the year- his 14th in total. Wright once again fell at the final hurdle against MvG, although he battled admirably; averaging 102.36 in defeat.

Van Gerwen started the final strongly, holding throw by virtue of a commanding 14-darter despite a fine scoring leg from Wright. The Dutchman doubled his lead moments later, pinning D8 with his final dart to break the throw, despite Snakebite posting his first maximum of the contest.

‘Mighty Mike’ extended his cushion to 3-0 with a solid 14-darter, before a high-quality fourth leg ensued. The pair traded maximums and Wright left 24 after 12 darts as he appeared poised to open his account. However he was denied by an inspired MvG, who fired in an incredible 164 checkout on the bullseye.

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European Darts Grand Prix: Day Two Report!

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Raymond van Barneveld produced a magnificent 141 finish to edge past Simon Whitlock in a thrilling deciding-leg at the HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix, but Mensur Suljovic produced the performance of the second-round at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen on Saturday.

Van Barneveld made a sluggish start to his contest, as Whitlock eased into a 2-0 advantage. The Australian missed three darts for a precious double-break in the third leg, allowing the Dutchman to open his account with a 60 checkout.

However in the fourth leg, ‘The Wizard’ capitalised on missed doubles from Van Barneveld, who missed two darts at tops to break back, allowing Whitlock to regain his two-leg cushion. Yet, the five-time world champion responded impressively, firing in his first maximum and taking out 111 to reduce the arrears to 3-2.

Whitlock delivered an instant riposte with a top-class 130 checkout, before the next two legs were shared, with the Australian leading 5-3. Barney remained in contention by pinning D16, before benefitting from a missed match dart from the Aussie in the tenth leg.

The Den Haag ace left 24 after 12 darts having posted successive visits of 180 and 137, and after Whitlock missed one dart at D7 for an 86 kill, Barney forced a decider with a 13-darter. Continue reading “European Darts Grand Prix: Day Two Report!”

European Darts Grand Prix: Day One Report!

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Van Barneveld returned to European Tour action with a bang! (Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Raymond van Barneveld made a winning return to the European Tour after producing the performance of the night, as Max Hopp, Brendan Dolan and James Wilson all tasted victory on Friday at the Glaspalast Arena in Sindelfingen.

Van Barneveld marked his return to European Tour action with a high-quality win over debutant Scott Dale, who put in an impressive performance himself. Van Barneveld averaged 99.73 and landed four maximums, to record a fine 6-3 win in his first European Tour appearance since last October.

Barney and Dale both opened their account with 12 darters, before the Dutchman took out 74 in 15-darts to move 2-1 ahead.The 49-year-old then left himself on 36 after just 9 darts as he attempted to break, but he spurned darts at D18 and D9, as Dale levelled up on D6.

The youngster had an opportunity to break the Dutchman in the fifth leg. He missed the bullseye for a 130 kill but still seemed in control, until Van Barneveld fired in a magnificent 160 checkout for a precious hold.

Dale again restored parity at three apiece on D5, before the five-time world champion regained the initiative with a cool 60 checkout. However, the decisive blow was struck in the eighth leg, as Van Barneveld pinned D16 for a 15-darter and a precious break, to move within a leg of the second-round. Continue reading “European Darts Grand Prix: Day One Report!”

HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix Draw!

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Kim Huybrechts will be looking to retain his title at the HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix this weekend, as world number one Michael van Gerwen goes in search of his sixth European Tour title of the year at the Glaspalast Arena in Sindelfingen.

Huybrechts defeated Peter Wright in a thriller to win last year’s title, and he’ll be hoping to maintain his impressive European Tour form, having reached a final and semi-final within the last fortnight.

The Belgian was edged out in the last four by eventual winner Michael van Gerwen in Muelheim last week, and MvG will be hoping to continue his dominance on German soil. The Dutchman clinched the 13th European Tour title of his career last week, winning the European Darts Trophy.

Van Gerwen prevailed in a last-leg decider against Mensur Suljovic, who has enjoyed a phenomenal two weeks. Suljovic won his maiden PDC crown at the European Darts Open in Riesa, before reaching his second final within a week last Sunday. The Austrian is seeded eighth, therefore could be in line to meet ‘The Green Machine’ again this weekend.

Daryl Gurney has been forced to withdraw from his third consecutive European Tour event, as he is yet to recover from an injury to his throwing hand, whilst former European Tour winner Dave Chisnall won’t be competing in Sindelfingen, having withdrawn with a neck problem.

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Comeback-King Huybrechts stuns Snakebite to claim European Darts Grand Prix title!

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Kim Huybrechts produced a brilliant comeback from 5-2 down to stun Peter Wright and claim victory at the European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen.

Huybrechts began strongly, taking out 103 to win the opening leg, before the next two legs went with throw. With Wright trailing 2-1, he was handed a reprieve as Huybrechts managed to bust 25 in two consecutive visits, allowing Snakebite to hit D20 at his sixth attempt to restore parity.

The World Number Four then produced a brilliant 116 finish to break, before holding throw to extend his lead to 4-2. With Huybrechts poised to reduce the arrears to 4-3, Wright produced a phenomenal 161 checkout for a 5-2 lead and a crucial double-break.

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