Cross and Wright produce stand out performances on day two in Leverkusen
Rob Cross and Peter Wright both produce outstanding performances in the second round of the European Darts Open while Daryl Gurney, Ian White and Premier League star Gerwyn Price all head for the airport in Leverkusen.
Peter Wright looked back to his best as he thrashed Luke Woodhouse 6-2 with an average of 105.98. Wright fired in eleven 140s but failed to hit a single maximum and finished the game with a checkout percentage of 75%.
Wright finished his six legs all in 16 darts or less in a brilliant performance and will take on John Henderson tomorrow who averaged just below 100 in his 6-4 victory over Aussie Kyle Anderson.
Rob Cross averaged over 105 in his Unibet Premier League affair with Gerwyn Price last Thursday evening and has now averaged 107.44 in a 6-1 demolition job over Adrian Lewis. ‘Voltage’ converted six out of his ten attempts at double and fired in three maximums as he keeps his hopes alive on claiming his maiden European Tour title.
Cross will take on a ‘Lionheart’ tomorrow afternoon in Germany after Richard North came through a last leg decider against Premier League star and former UK Open runner-up Gerwyn Price. Price was out of sorts once again but North produced a mid-nineties and solid display to edged past the Welshman. ‘Northy’ will be up against it tomorrow unless he scores much better with him facing the World Champion!
“I played really well tonight and I was glad to get the win,” said Cross. “When I play I seem to go into a bubble, and when I’ve got it right I don’t think anything can touch me.”
Michael Smith produced a prosperous display in the last game of tonight’s evening session as he convincingly saw off Darren Johnson 6-3. Smith converted 50% of his attempts at double and averaged just below 100. Smith has made an outstanding start to the year, already winning a UK Open Qualifier and he will be looking to add a European Tour to his roll of honour.
James Wade will be looking to end Michael Smith’s hopes tomorrow afternoon in Leverkusen. Wade saw off fellow Unicorn-sponsored Jelle Klaasen 6-3 with an average of just below 95. ‘The Machine’ completed all six of his victorious legs in 18 darts or less in Germany.
PDC newboys and BDO ranking event winners Danny Noppert, Cameron Menzies and Jamie Hughes all headed for the exit gates at the BayArena on day two after a successful day yesterday in Leverkusen. Noppert was defeated by Joe Cullen despite being 3-0 ahead in the encounter while Cameron Menzies also led against number one seed Michael Van Gerwen but missed chances to progress to the final day of the European Darts Open. Jamie Hughes also led in a fiery tie with Mensur Suljovic but lost out 6-4. The doubles proved costly for ‘Yozza’ as he missed 67% of his darts at the outer ring.
Chris Dobey followed up his Pro Tour final last weekend in Milton Keynes with another victory beating Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts in a somewhat shock outcome. Dobey averaged just 89.88 but converted 60% of his darts at double and also pinned a 113 checkout to level the match up at 1-1 after Huybrechts took the opening leg. ‘Hollywood’ will take on Joe Cullen in tomorrow’s third round.
Simon Whitlock sent Eastern European qualifier Tytus Kanik packing while Marko Kantele was also sent home after a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Dave Chisnall.
Daryl Gurney headed for the airport and Derry as Ron Meulenkamp produced an upset beating ‘Superchin’ 6-4. The Dutchman fired in seven maximums to Gurney’s none as he setup a third round encounter with Justin Pipe tomorrow afternoon. Somerset-based Pipe saw off an out of sorts Ian White in the first match of today’s PDCTV coverage.
2018 European Darts Open
Saturday March 24
Ian White 1-6 Justin Pipe
Gerwyn Price 5-6 Richard North
Kyle Anderson 4-6 John Henderson
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Marko Kantele
Alan Norris 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Kim Huybrechts 2-6 Chris Dobey
Joe Cullen 6-5 Danny Noppert
Mervyn King 6-2 Gabriel Clemens
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Tytus Kanik
Daryl Gurney 4-6 Ron Meulenkamp
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Cameron Menzies
Peter Wright 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Rob Cross 6-1 Adrian Lewis
Jelle Klaasen 3-6 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Jamie Hughes
Michael Smith 6-3 Darren Johnson
Sunday March 25
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm GMT)
Michael van Gerwen v Alan Norris
Simon Whitlock v Dave Chisnall
Ron Meulenkamp v Justin Pipe
Rob Cross v Richard North
Peter Wright v John Henderson
Joe Cullen v Chris Dobey
Mensur Suljovic v Mervyn King
Michael Smith v James Wade
Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm GMT)