Evans and Clemens impress on Day One of European Darts Grand Prix

David Evans continued his fine run of form by impressing on his European Tour debut as the European Darts Grand Prix got underway at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen.

‘Stretch’ won a PDC Tour Card at the Challenge Tour last weekend, and after coming through the Associate Member Qualifier on Thursday, he averaged over 100 to beat a tough opponent in Kai Gotthardt 6-3.

There were two other three-figure averages on day one as Adam Hunt beat Damon Heta 6-1 with an excellent display and Gabriel Clemens put in one of his best Euro Tour performances to date to see off fellow German Steffen Siepmann.

After four withdrawals, there were plenty of Host Nation qualifiers in action, and they enjoyed mixed fortunes. Four of them, including Clemens, booking a spot in the last 32.

Nico Kurz came from 4-1 behind to beat Stefan Bellmont and boost his hopes for a place at the European Championship, while Max Hopp played nicely to knock out Pero Ljubic 6-4.

Ricardo Pietreczko beat Luke Woodhouse by a surprisingly comfortable margin, 6-1.

However, Euro Tour debutant Markus Buffler never got going against Martijn Kleermaker and lost 6-3 and two-time Lakeside semi-finalist Michael Unterbuchner lost out narrowly to Darius Labanauskas.

The other German in action was former Tour Card holder Robert Marijanović, who lost 6-3 to Dutchman Derk Telnekes.

German Darts Champion Devon Petersen hit 7 180s on the way to a straight-forward victory against Harry Ward, while Mervyn King, who also had a deep run in Hildesheim, edged out Mindaugas Barauskas 6-5.

Scott Waites won his first game for the second Euro Tour running as he came through a tough draw against Jason Lowe in a deciding leg.

Maik Kuivenhoven showed some signs of the excellent form that he has shown on the floor this year as he beat Jonathan Worsley 6-4.

Two PDC stalwarts went head-to-head as Kim Huybrechts and John Henderson did battle, but it was the Belgian who came out on top, 6-2.

Finally, Irishmen William O’Connor and Steve Lennon both won 6-3, against Chris Dobey and Madars Razma respectively.

The second round takes place on Saturday with the pick of the matches undoubtedly Gerwyn Price against Petersen, two of the form men in world darts.

There is also another Mervyn King-Michael van Gerwen clash, while newly-crowned Premier League champion Glen Durrant plays Kurz and Joe Cullen plays Huybrechts.

EUROPEAN DARTS GRAND PRIX


Friday October 16
First Round
Afternoon Session
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-4 Jonathan Worsley
Mervyn King 6-5 Mindaugas Barauskas
Ricardo Pietreczko 6-1 Luke Woodhouse
Kai Gotthardt 3-6 David Evans
Scott Waites 6-5 Jason Lowe
Nico Kurz 6-5 Stefan Bellmont
Darius Labanauskas 6-4 Michael Unterbuchner
Harry Ward 1-6 Devon Petersen

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
Kim Huybrechts 6-2 John Henderson
Max Hopp 6-4 Pero Ljubic
Derk Telnekes 6-3 Robert Marijanović
Steve Lennon 6-3 Madars Razma
Markus Buffler 3-6 Martijn Kleermaker
Adam Hunt 6-1 Damon Heta
Steffen Siepmann 3-6 Gabriel Clemens
Chris Dobey 3-6 William O’Connor

Saturday October 17
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Daryl Gurney v Maik Kuivenhoven
Ian White v Scott Waites
Michael Smith v Derk Telnekes
Glen Durrant v Nico Kurz
Jose De Sousa v Ricardo Pietreczko
Dave Chisnall v Darius Labanauskas
Joe Cullen v Kim Huybrechts
Jamie Hughes v Steve Lennon

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
Krzysztof Ratajski v Martijn Kleermaker
Rob Cross v Adam Hunt
James Wade v Gabriel Clemens
Gerwyn Price v Devon Petersen
Mensur Suljović v David Evans
Michael van Gerwen v Mervyn King
Nathan Aspinall v William O’Connor
Vincent van der Voort v Max Hopp


by Jamie Cameron

(Featured Image: PDC Europe)

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