FOLLOW Live Darts

Burnett Produces Masterclass as Hubbard Keeps Matchplay Dream Alive

Welsh legend Burnett celebrates an incredible display (credit: Lawrence Lustig/ PDC)
Richie Burnett stole the show on the opening night of the 2012 European Open, averaging a breath-taking 121 in a 6-2 win over Andy Jenkins in Dusseldorf.

Watch and bet on live Darts at Bet365 > Live streaming > Darts

Welshman Burnett looked on course for the non-televised world record average (128) at one stage, but sealing victory with a 17-dart leg denied the former Lakeside Champion that feat.

The victory sets up a second round clash with Scott Rand in the third European Tour event of the season, which also featured a number of notable results throughout the opening day. 

Reigning World Youth Champion James Hubbard claimed another big scalp as he knocked out Andy Hamilton 6-5 to keep his hopes of snatching one of the final World Matchplay qualifying places alive.

After a nip and tuck ten legs in which the duo could not be separated, it was the young sensation who held his nerve in the decider to head into the next round where he will face Bristol's Steve Brown, who was a 6-2 winner against another young star, Arron Monk.

World Champion Adrian Lewis swept into the second round with a 6-0 whitewash of Karsten Kornath despite averaging just 84 against his nervy opponent, as Simon Whitlock produced a remarkable comeback to defeat Ross Smith in Dusseldorf.

Whitlock trailed the 23-year-old 5-2 and was staring defeat in the face, but produced his trademark battling quality to prevail 6-5 and avoid becoming another big named casualty.

Number two seed James Wade avoided a potential upset himself with a 6-3 win over Sweden's Magnus Caris, and will now play Jelle Klaasen on Saturday, following the Dutchman's 6-1 win over Mark Hylton.

Whitlock now plays Belgium's Ronny Huybrechts, whose European Tour debut began with a 6-5 win over Peter Wright as he joined brother Kim - who defeated Paul Nicholson 6-2 - in the second round.

Defeat for Snakebite jeopardises his chances of appearing at the Winter Gardens later this month, while Ronny's highly rated brother Kim now faces a second round showdown with Dave Chisnall, after the German Darts Championship runner-up defeated Germany's Kevin Munch 6-1.

Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld saw off Stoke's Ian White 6-2 and now plays Brendan Dolan, who edged out Dean Winstanley 6-5 in their first round contest.

Colin Osborne joined Lewis by inflicting a whitewash, against Jim Walker, and now plays Kevin Painter after the Premier League wildcard won 6-3 against young Dutchman Ryan De Vreede.

Rapid Dutchmen Vincent van der Voort and Michael van Gerwen progressed with wins over Jamie Lewis and Wayne Jones respectively, but there was disappointment for their fellow countryman Co Stompe, who lost 6-1 to Mark Dudbridge.

Ronnie Baxter and Mervyn King will clash in a high-profile second round tie after they saw off Devon Petersen and Stuart Kellett, while Brian Woods' narrow win over Jamie Caven sets up a clash with van Gerwen.

UK Open champion Robert Thornton defeated local qualifier Maik Langendorf to set up a clash with van der Voort and more importantly confirmed his attendance at the World Matchplay as a qualifier to avoid.

Young star Joe Cullen avenged two previous World Championship defeats from Terry Jenkins in style with a crushing 6-1 victory. 

The man known as 'Rockstar' now plays Johnny Haines in the second round, with the Swindon man knocking out Alan Tabern 6-2 in the afternoon session.

Croatian Tonci Restovic sent home veteran Denis Ovens to set up a clash with Mark Walsh, who was a 6-5 winner against Wayne Jones, while Andy Smith's narrow defeat of Mick Todd - for the second successive European Tour event - sees him progress to a second round game with Michael Mansell.

Northern Irish left-hander Mansell put out the in-form Colin Lloyd by a convincing 6-2 score line in one of a scattering of shock results.

The upsets began immediately as Dutch young gun Gino Vos put out the well-fancied Justin Pipe 6-3 in the first match of the tournament.

German hopes will rest solely on Tomas Seyler, after he delighted the bumper home crowd by beating three-time world champion John Part 6-3.

Wes Newton and Scott Rand received Byes through to the second round, with their scheduled first round opponents Steve Maish and Gary Anderson withdrawing from the tournament.

Play continues from 12pm (1pm local time) on Saturday, with the second round games split across two sessions at the Maritim Hotel in Dusseldorf.

European Darts Open - European Tour Event Three Results
First Round
Friday July 6

Gino Vos 6-3 Justin Pipe
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Jamie Lewis
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Wayne Jones
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Kevin Munch
Mervyn King 6-3 Stuart Kellett
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Devon Petersen
Joe Cullen 6-1 Terry Jenkins
Tonci Restovic 6-3 Denis Ovens
Mark Walsh 6-5 Mark Jones
Andy Smith 6-5 Mick Todd
Johnny Haines 6-2 Alan Tabern
Steve Beaton 6-3 Tony Littleton
Michael Mansell 6-2 Colin Lloyd
Kevin Painter 6-3 Ryan de Vreede
Steve Brown 6-2 Arron Monk
James Hubbard 6-5 Andy Hamilton 
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Ross Smith
Robert Thornton 6-1 Maik Langendorf
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Ian White
James Wade 6-3 Magnus Caris
Adrian Lewis 6-0 Karsten Kornath
Tomas Seyler 6-3 John Part
Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Paul Nicholson
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Dean Winstanley
Colin Osborne 6-0 Jim Walker
Ronny Huybrechts 6-5 Peter Wright
Mark Dudbridge 6-1 Co Stompe 
Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Mark Hylton
Richie Burnett 6-2 Andy Jenkins
Brian Woods 6-5 Jamie Caven
Scott Rand Bye (Gary Anderson withdrew)
Wes Newton Bye (Steve Maish withdrew)

Saturday July 7

Second Round 
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Kevin Painter v Colin Osborne
Joe Cullen v Johnny Haines
Michael van Gerwen v Brian Woods
Mark Walsh v Tonci Restovic
Gino Vos v Tomas Seyler
Ronnie Baxter v Mervyn King
Michael Mansell v Andy Smith
Scott Rand v Richie Burnett

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Vincent van der Voort v Robert Thornton
Wes Newton v Mark Dudbridge
Kim Huybrechts v Dave Chisnall
James Wade v Jelle Klaasen
Simon Whitlock v Ronny Huybrechts
Adrian Lewis v Steve Beaton
Raymond van Barneveld v Brendan Dolan
James Hubbard v Steve Brown
comments powered by Disqus

All PDC Darts News

Recent PDC Darts News Articles

  • European Darts Grand Prix live streaming - How to watch live online at WHTV

    European Tour action returns this weekend for the penultimate event of the 2014 series, and you can tune in to every match exclusively live online....

  • European Darts Grand Prix live stream - How to watch live online

    Live PDC darts returns to Europe this weekend for the penultimate European Tour event of the season, and you can tune in to every match exclusively live online....

  • Van Gerwen and Taylor to sit out European Darts Grand Prix

    Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor will be absent from the European Darts Grand Prix, as the seventh European Tour event of season heads to Sindelfingen this weekend....

  • Scottish trio to star in November's Unibet Masters in Edinburgh

    Sixteen of the world's top players - including Scottish stars Gary Anderson, Robert Thornton and Peter Wright - are set to return to Edinburgh in November for The Unibet Masters....

  • Perth Darts Masters draw announced - Michael van Gerwen to face Kyle Anderson in first round on Friday

    The draw for the 2014 Perth Darts Masters has been made with top seed Michael van Gerwen facing home player Kyle Anderson while Phil Taylor will play David Platt in round one. ...

  • Van Gerwen targeting clean sweep in World Series of Darts

    Michael van Gerwen says he is eyeing the full set of World Series titles this season after claiming glory in Singapore last weekend....

  • Tichowitsch and Miles secure Perth Darts Masters qualification

    Shane Tichowitsch and Justin Miles secured their places in the inaugural Perth Darts Masters after winning through the DPA qualifiers in Fremantle on Sunday....

  • Inspired Van Gerwen storms to Singapore Masters title

    Michael van Gerwen got back to winning ways as he claimed glory in the inaugural Singapore Darts Masters with an 11-8 win over Simon Whitlock in final on Saturday....

  • Singapore Darts Masters day two preview - Final four with glory in their sights

    The 2014 Singapore Darts Masters draws to a close on Saturday, with the Semi-Finals and final comprising an unmissable climax to the World Series event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium....

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • The race to the 2014 World Grand Prix - The latest provisional list of qualifiers

    The scramble to secure places in next month's World Grand Prix hot up with this weekend's European Trophy the final event before the cut off is made....

  • Van Gerwen denies Smith to seal Players Championship glory in Crawley

    Michael van Gerwen secured his eighth PDC title of 2014 with a 6-4 victory over Michael Smith in the final to claim glory in Players Championship 14 at the K2 Centre in Crawley on Sunday....

  • Six of the best for Anderson on the ProTour in 2014

    Gary Anderson claimed his sixth PDC ranking title of 2014 with a 6-5 victory over Richie Burnett in the final of Players Championship 13 in Crawley on Saturday....

  • King tips Smith to win the World Championship title in "two to three years"

    Mervyn King claims that Michael Smith could become world champion within the next two or three years after recording a thrilling victory over the St Helens youngster in last weekend's European Grand Prix final....

  • Players Championship events 13 & 14 - The full list of entries for this weekend's ProTour

    PDC ProTour action returns this weekend with a double-header of events featuring a full field of 128 players in Crawley....

  • Darts stars set to assemble for annual PDC fishing tournament

    The stars of the PDC darts circuit will swap their arrows for fishing rods on Friday in a charity fishing day to raise money for Haven House Children's Hospice....

  • European Darts Grand Prix day two preview - Top seeds enter the fray in Sindelfingen

    The top 16 seeds launch their quest for European Tour glory on Saturday as the second round gets underway in Germany....

  • Wade up and running in European Darts Grand Prix as Bunting, Hamilton and Anderson also impress

    James Wade overcame a tricky opening test against Kevin Painter as the European Darts Grand Prix began on Friday in Sindelfingen, with Kyle Anderson, Andy Hamilton and Stephen Bunting also enjoying first round victories....

  • European Darts Grand Prix 2014 live scores and tournament schedule of play

    PDC darts returns to Europe this weekend for the penultimate European Tour event of the season, and you can keep in touch with all the latest results and fixtures here....

More Stories

Claim your free bet

  • £200bonus
    1.
    Watch & bet on live darts at 365

    Find out why bet365 is the World's largest bookmaker with over 10 million customers. Superb in-play service and live watch and bet streaming of big sporting events including all darts streams. Plus, deposit £200 and have £400 to use whichever way you like, no tokens, just cash! Register to activate.

  • £100bonus
    2.
    Live Streaming Darts - new

    Ladbrokes have just started a new live streaming sports service available to members for free - register using the code MAXCASH to access.

  • £250bonus
    3.
    £250 free bet

    Get £250 free when you bet £250 at Paddy Power.

  • £50 bonus
    4.
    Exclusive £50 free bets

    BetVictor are the new title sponsor of the second biggest event of the year - the World Matchplay running now. Grab £50 in free bets from BetVictor in this exclusive offer.

  • £5bonus
    5.
    £5 free every week from Skybet!

    All new customers at Sky Bet will get a £5 free bet each week simply for betting with Skybet and their newly launched Skybet Free Bet Club. All you have to do is bet a fiver each week to get a free fiver! That's £260 free in just one year...nice one!

  • £10bonus
    6.
    Free £10 bet using MAXIMUMBONUS

    Use promotion code MAXIMUMBONUS when you register with Stan James and claim a free £10 bet! Watch live darts online via your account!

  • £25bonus
    7.
    £25 free bet

    Watch the Darts Live online - register via this link and get free live stream access all year round.

  • £50bonus
    8.
    £50 free bet

    Get your £50 free bet now at Coral

  • £25bonus
    9.
    Free £25 when you join Betfred

    Register with Betfred.com today for a free £25 matched bet. Also enjoy regular darts promotions from the Bonus King and superb darts betting markets.

  • £20bonus
    10.
    Betfair £20 free

    Register with the World Matchplay official sponsor and get a £20 free bet - Stake £20 and if your selection loses you'll get your £20 bet refunded.

  • £50bonus
    11.
    Risk-free £50 at Sportingbet

    Sportingbet offer exclusive outright markets on all non-televised PDC ProTour events. They have a generous welcome bonus which means that if your first bet loses, then you will get it refunded (up to £50). Use the promotional code MAXIMUMBONUS when you sign up.

Bookmakers


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Burnett Produces Masterclass as Hubbard Keeps Matchplay Dream Alive

Richie Burnett stole the show on the opening night of the 2012 European Open, averaging a breath-taking 121 in a 6-2 win over Andy Jenkins in Dusseldorf.

Read more »