Danish Darts Open Day One: Durrant Dumped Out, Laursen Delights Home Crowd
The EuroTour hit Denmark, with the Brondby Halle in Copenhagen the setting for the Danish Darts Open.
The surprise of the first day’s action was Glen Durrant’s first round exit at the hands of Northern Ireland’s Kevin Burness, despite the Teesider averaging almost eleven points more than his opponent. Durrant’s 97.59 average wasn’t enough to prevent a 6-5 defeat. It was only Burness’ third win in a ranking tournament in 2019.
Home interest will continue into the weekend, as last minute qualifier, Per Laursen delighted his home crowd by overcoming Reece Robinson 6-4. His reward is a second round meeting with Welshman, Jonny Clayton on Saturday afternoon.
Sweden’s Dennis Nilsson ensured another Scandinavian progressed, as he upset World Cup finalist, Steve Lennon, hammering the out of sorts Irishman 6-0.
Tie of the first round saw Michael Smith see off Steve Beaton 6-4 in a high quality affair. Smith averaged 100.02 to Beaton’s 94.96, to set up a rapid fire contest with Jermaine Wattimena in round two.
The evening session began with German number two, Martin Schindler handing a 6-0 thrashing to Kim Viljanen.
Gabriel Clemens’ impressive form continued, and he put out Mervyn King with a 95.16 average, 6-3.
Chris Dobey inched ever closer to a World Matchplay debut, with a 6-3 victory against Steve West. He now meets Ricky Evans as a result.
2008 World Championship runner-up, Kirk Shepherd came out on top against Vincent van Der Voort with a 6-4 win.
Ryan Harrington overcame home crowd boo-boys by defeating Niels-Jorgen Hansen 6-4, to set up a meeting with Gerwyn Price on Saturday night.
The afternoon session saw William O’Connor continue where he left off at the World Cup of Darts with an assured 6-3 win against Luke Woodhouse, to book a meeting with Peter Wright in round two.
UK Open Champion, Nathan Aspinall broke the 100 average barrier in a comfortable 6-3 win against Mick Todd.
New Zealander, Cody Harris hammed qualifier, Teuvo Haverinen 6-1, with the Finn averaging a miserable 60.77.
There were also wins in the early matches for World Championship quarter finalist, Ryan Joyce, who overcame Jose Justicia 6-2, Kyle Anderson, who beat Mike de Decker by the same margin, and Krzysztof Ratajski, who won an all Polish clash against Krzysztof Kciuk 6-3.
Jose de Sousa defeated Scott Taylor 6-3 in the remaining first round match, and he’ll now meet Darren Webster in the second round.
William O’Connor 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Mick Todd
Kyle Anderson 6-2 Mike De Decker
Per Laursen 6-4 Reece Robinson
Cody Harris 6-1 Teuvo Haverinen
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Scott Taylor
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Jose Justicia
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Krzysztof Kciuk
Martin Schindler 6-0 Kim Viljanen
Kevin Burness 6-5 Glen Durrant
Ryan Harrington 6-4 Niels-Jorgen Hansen
Chris Dobey 6-3 Steve West
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Mervyn King
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Steve Beaton 4-6 Michael Smith
Dennis Nilsson v Steve Lennon
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Stephen Bunting v Cody Harris
Darren Webster v Jose De Sousa
Jonny Clayton v Per Laursen
Dave Chisnall v Krzysztof Ratajski
Simon Whitlock v Nathan Aspinall
Joe Cullen v Kevin Burness
Daryl Gurney v Ryan Joyce
Ricky Evans v Chris Dobey
Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)
Gerwyn Price v Ryan Harrington
Rob Cross v Kirk Shepherd
Peter Wright v William O’Connor
James Wade v Dennis Nilsson
Adrian Lewis v Kyle Anderson
Mensur Suljovic v Gabriel Clemens
Ian White v Martin Schindler
Jermaine Wattimena v Michael Smith