Van Gerwen and Wright ousted in giant-killing third round at German Darts Championship
Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright both departed as the third round of the German Darts Championship took place on Sunday afternoon in Hildesheim.
As the second European Tour staging of the season continued, the 500-strong socially distanced German crowd witnessed both the world number one and reigning world champion endure early exits.
Van Gerwen’s unusual inconsistent form resumed as he suffered an emphatic 6-1 defeat at the hands of former World Masters champion Mervyn King.
The Dutchman squandered seven darts at double and averaged below the 90 mark compared to King’s ton-plus efforts, and exited at same hurdle as he did in March’s Belgian Darts Championship.
Wright, who overcame Van Gerwen to secure the sport’s showpiece title in January, recorded an average in excess of 100 despite being defeated by Welshman Jonny Clayton.
Former Austrian Darts Open champion Clayton led throughout the duration of the contest and converted an impressive 116 checkout to clinch his maiden competitive victory over the world number two.
Elsewhere, Krzysztof Ratajski produced the performance of the afternoon as he overcame Joe Cullen to book his place in his fifth European Tour quarter-final.
The reigning Gibraltar Darts Trophy champion clinically converted six of his nine attempts on the doubles and averaged just short of the 107 mark in a scintillating showing.
Petersen celebrates after reaching his maiden European Tour quarter-final (Photography: Tobias Wenzel/PDC Europe)
Ratajski faces an in-form Devon Petersen in the last eight after the South African claimed the scalp of another multiple-time major champion following his victory over world number three Gerwyn Price.
A prolific Petersen came through another deciding leg thriller, denying former world champion Rob Cross with another six 180s and a scintillating 100.46 average.
Defending champion Daryl Gurney emulated the feat of Petersen, firing home six maximums himself in a convincing 6-4 victory over Premier League table-topper Glen Durrant.
Gurney, who defeated Ricky Evans in the final last time around in Germany, raced into a 3-0 lead averaging well in excess of the 118 mark, before sealing his third competitive victory over the three-time world champion.
After missing his flight and forcing amendments to the schedule on Saturday, James Wade registered an impressive 103.21 average and six of his nine outer ring attempts to thrash Mensur Suljovic.
Nathan Aspinall’s European Tour title duck remained afloat as the former UK Open champion was beaten by a returning to form Dave Chisnall.
Chisnall averaged over the 100 mark for a second successive match and punished seven squandered darts on the outer ring to overcome a valiant world number six.
Danny Noppert scuppered host nation hopes as a wasteful German number one Max Hopp was ousted by the current Dutch number two.
Noppert reeled off four legs in succession against the former German Darts Open winner from 4-2 behind to reach his third ranking quarter-final since the July restart.
The German Darts Championship reaches its climax on Sunday evening as eight players return to the Halle 39 stage in the hope of trousering the £25,000 winner’s cheque.
GERMAN DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Sunday September 27
Mervyn King 6-1 Michael van Gerwen
James Wade 6-1 Mensur Suljovic
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Peter Wright
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Danny Noppert 6-4 Max Hopp
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Glen Durrant
Devon Petersen 6-5 Rob Cross
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Joe Cullen
Evening Session (6pm)
Mervyn King v James Wade
Jonny Clayton v Dave Chisnall
Danny Noppert v Daryl Gurney
Devon Petersen v Krzysztof Ratajski
King/Wade v Clayton/Chisnall
Noppert/Gurney v Petersen/Ratajski
King/Wade/Clayton/Chisnall v Noppert/Gurney/Petersen/Ratajski
(Featured Image: Tobias Wenzel/PDC Europe)