MICHAEL VAN GERWEN made a winning start to his defence of the Dutch Darts Masters title by defeating John Henderson aside with a 6-3 defeat in Venray on Saturday, as World Champion Gary Anderson was knocked out by Mervyn King.
The world number one is bidding to win the PDC European Tour event in his home country for a third successive year, and opened in style by taking five straight legs against Henderson, including an 11-darter.
The Scot hit back with three straight legs, but van Gerwen landed his first 180 of the game in a 12-darter as he sealed victory by finishing 81 on the bull.
“You always try to win as easily as possible but I made it a bit difficult for myself,” said van Gerwen. “If you can win five legs in a row you can also lose three, and I did that.
“Tomorrow’s a big day and I need to prepare myself but I know I can beat everyone when I play well and I want to do that on Sunday.”
Van Gerwen now takes on Justin Pipe in a repeat of the 2015 Venray final as Sunday’s deciding day kicks off with the third round in the afternoon session, after the Taunton ace defied a 104 average from Jamie Lewis to edge a 6-5 win.
World number two Anderson hit back from 2-0 down to level his clash with King, but the Norfolk thrower produced a key 11-darter as he pulled away for a 6-4 victory.
Dutch Darts Masters – European Tour Event One
Saturday February 13
Justin Pipe (16) 6-5 Jamie Lewis
Terry Jenkins (11) 6-1 James Richardson
Brendan Dolan (14) 4-6 Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic (15) 6-1 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Ian White (7) 4-6 Simon Whitlock
Dave Chisnall (8) 6-3 Kevin Thomas
James Wade (4) 6-3 Ryan Harrington
Jelle Klaasen (10) 6-4 Kevin Painter
Kim Hubrechts (5) 2-6 Devon Petersen
Michael Smith (2) 6-3 Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen (1) 6-3 John Henderson
Gary Anderson (12) 4-6 Mervyn King
Benito van de Pas (13) 6-2 Mark Webster
Adrian Lewis (6) 6-1 Remco van Eijden
Peter Wright (3) 6-4 Stephen Bunting
NB: Ritchie Edhouse receives Second Round Bye following withdrawal of Robert Thornton through illness.
|Ave||180s||High Finish||Ave||180s||High Finish|
|98.44||4||110||Justin Pipe||6-5||Jamie Lewis||103.84||3||121|
|93.70||4||114||Terry Jenkins||6-1||James Richardson||88.31||2||20|
|81.62||1||84||Brendan Dolan||4-6||Daryl Gurney||87.90||3||82|
|81.77||1||66||Mensur Suljovic||6-1||Rowby-John Rodriguez||66.19||0||36|
|101.13||3||140||Ian White||4-6||Simon Whitlock||100.51||4||100|
|87.52||2||164||Dave Chisnall||6-3||Kevin Thomas||79.34||1||116|
|90.54||2||86||James Wade||6-3||Ryan Harrington||83.98||0||124|
|91.91||4||114||Jelle Klaasen||6-4||Kevin Painter||85.87||2||51|
|87.98||1||56||Kim Huybrechts||2-6||Devon Petersen||90.65||3||131|
|85.16||0||103||Michael Smith||6-3||Gerwyn Price||83.67||0||96|
|99.49||1||91||Michael van Gerwen||6-3||John Henderson||92.78||4||40|
|99.64||3||91||Gary Anderson||4-6||Mervyn King||100.54||4||86|
|100.82||1||110||Benito van de Pas||6-2||Mark Webster||102.66||3||100|
|102.98||3||128||Adrian Lewis||6-1||Remco van Eijden||91.95||2||36|
|103.87||2||156||Peter Wright||6-4||Stephen Bunting||94.99||3||82|