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Delight for Dekker at the Dutch Darts Masters as Lewis and Wade crash out

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 11 May 2018
Dekker dumps out Lewis in Round One (credit:Stefan Strassenburg/PDC Europe)

Jan Dekker pulled off an upset on home soil as he knocked out Adrian Lewis in the opening round of the Dutch Masters in Zwolle on Friday, while Cristo Reyes dumped out James Wade.
 
Dekker had won through the Host Nation Qualifier 24 hours earlier to secure his spot in the £135,000 event,and rose to the occasion against the two-time World Champion.
 
Lewis had come from behind to lead 3-2, but an 11-darter from Dekker levelled before he moved 5-3 up, and he sealed the win with a 13-dart finish.
 
"It's a great win," said Dekker, who now meets Simon Whitlock in Saturday's Second Round. "In the beginning I didn't play well but at the end of the day I played okay.
 
"I'm so proud to play here for the Dutch crowd, and I'm over the moon at the moment."
 
Wade's bid to follow up last week's run to the European Grand Prix final with further success was ended at the first hurdle in Zwolle as he lost out 6-3 to Spanish star Reyes.
 
Reyes, who will now take on Daryl Gurney, took four of the opening five legs to assume control as he booked his spot in round two.

Josh Payne came through a remarkable 11-leg contest with Jonny Clayton, surviving a missed match dart before progressing to a tie with Mensur Suljovic.
 
Austrian Darts Open winner Clayton led 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 before Payne hit back to level and then took out 116 on the bull to move 5-4 up.
 
Clayton forced a decider, but missed double 12 for a 141 checkout to snatch the win before Payne landed double ten for a narrow triumph.
 
Veteran star Terry Jenkins will lock horns once more with reigning champion Michael van Gerwen in Saturday's second round after overcoming Belgian youngster Mike De Decker 6-2.
 
Last year's beaten Dutch Masters finalist Steve Beaton survived missed match darts from Jeffrey de Graaf before he progressed to face Darren Webster with a narrow 6-5 win.
 
Stephen Bunting set up an all-St Helens tie in round two against Michael Smith with a comfortable 6-1 win over German qualifier Tobias Mueller.
 
Krzysztof Ratajski enjoyed his first European Tour win of 2018 with a 6-2 success against Ricky Evans, as the Polish star progresses to meet home favourite Jelle Klaasen.
 
Cameron Menzies set up a second round tie with Dave Chisnall courtesy of a 6-1 win over Kevin Munch - who took out 112 to claim his only leg of a one-sided contest.
 
Wayne Jones produced a vintage display on the IJsselhallen stage with a superb 101.32 average as he overcame Jamie Lewis 6-5, firing in three 180s and a 106 checkout en route.
 
Jermaine Wattimena also gave the home crowd something to cheer with a 6-3 triumph over European Tour debutant Adam Huckvale, while James Wilson produced the second ton-plus average of the afternoon (101.59) in his 6-2 victory over Sweden's Johan Engstrom.

Kyle Anderson hit five maximums en route to a comfortable 6-3 win over Christian Kist in the final game of the afternoon, and the Australian star will now take on Ian White in round two.
 
Steve Lennon held his nerve in a tense last-leg decider against Rowby-John Rodriguez to seal a 6-5 win and the Irish ace goes straight through to Sunday's last 16 after World Champion Rob Cross withdrew on medical grounds.
 
Ryan Joyce produced a stunning comeback in the opening game of the afternoon as he fought from 5-1 down to beat Michael Rosenauer 6-5, while Dragutin Horvat edged out Toni Alcinas 6-5 to progress.
 
James Richardson overcame Ireland's Jason Cullen 6-4 with a 96.6 average and 60 per cent on the doubles, defying five maximums from his opponent.

Dutch Darts Masters 2018 Results


Friday May 11

First Round

Afternoon Session
Ryan Joyce 6-5 Michael Rosenauer
Toni Alcinas 5-6 Dragutin Horvat
James Richardson 6-4 Jason Cullen
Adam Huckvale 3-6 Jermaine Wattimena
Wayne Jones 6-1 Jamie Lewis
Johan Engstrom 2-6 James Wilson
Steve Lennon 6-5 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Christian Kist 3-6 Kyle Anderson
 
Evening Session
Cameron Menzies 6-1 Kevin Munch
Terry Jenkins 6-2 Mike De Decker
Steve Beaton 6-5 Jeffrey de Graaf
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Tobias Mueller
Josh Payne 6-5 Jonny Clayton
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Ricky Evans
Jan Dekker 6-4 Adrian Lewis
Cristo Reyes 6-3 James Wade



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Delight for Dekker at the Dutch Darts Masters as Lewis and Wade crash out

Jan Dekker pulled off an upset on home soil as he knocked out Adrian Lewis in the opening round of the Dutch Masters in Zwolle on Friday, while Cristo Reyes dumped out James Wade.

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