PDC Home Tour: Klaasen overcomes Clemens in controversial clash to claim Group Seven
Jelle Klaasen topped Group Seven as the innovative PDC Home Tour resumed on Thursday evening but his success was overshadowed courtesy of an element of controversy in his win over Gabriel Clemens.
Prior to the professional season being grounded by the coronavirus crisis, Klaasen was beginning to regain his form after a torrid few years.
The Dutchman reached the quarter-finals of the UK Open in Minehead – which was his first major run of that kind in four years.
Klaasen overcame Northern Ireland’s Gavin Carlin in his opener on Thursday evening, before denying Gabriel Clemens and the German star’s 96.21 average.
Both the Dutchman and Clemens enjoyed three-leg streaks throughout the contest, with Clemens battling back from 3-0 down with a blistering 132 checkout on the bull.
Legs of 12 and 14 darts sealed a crucial victory for former world champion Klaasen, however, his triumph was later criticised as viewers suggested that his winning double in the second leg landed outside its intended target.
Klaasen later played down the allegations, before taking to the oche for his final match of the evening in which he was defeated at the hands of Ryan Meikle.
Elsewhere, group favourite and emerging German talent Clemens finished third after two defeats from three on the night.
‘The German Giant’ conjured up just two points, with those coming in his very first match against Meikle early on.
The PDC Home Tour resumes on Friday evening with world number 15 Jonny Clayton headlining Group Seven – which also features Richard North, Adam Hunt and David Pallett.
PDC HOME TOUR
Thursday April 23
Gabriel Clemens 5-3 Ryan Meikle
Jelle Klaasen 5-2 Gavin Carlin
Ryan Meikle 5-1 Gavin Carlin
Jelle Klaasen 5-3 Gabriel Clemens
Ryan Meikle 5-4 Jelle Klaasen
Gavin Carlin 5-4 Gabriel Clemens
It's Jelle Klaasen who wins Group Seven on the @unibet Home Tour, edging out Ryan Meikle on leg difference!
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) April 23, 2020
Friday April 24
Jonny Clayton v Adam Hunt
Richard North v David Pallett
Adam Hunt v David Pallett
Jonny Clayton v Richard North
Richard North v Adam Hunt
Jonny Clayton v David Pallett
(Photography: Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe)