Dutch Darts Championship 2018 Day One preview and order of play: Qualifiers face off in Maastricht

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 7 Sep 2018
Home favourite Van der Voort celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The inaugural Dutch Darts Championship gets underway in Maastricht on Friday as the 32 qualifiers vie to set up a show-down with a seed.

The eleventh of 13 live-streamed Euro Tour events this season will feature 48 players battling it out for the £25,000 title at the IJsselhallen.

The afternoon session features a number of closely-matched ties, including Spain's number two Antonio Alcinas up against Lithuania's top darter Darius Labanauskas.

Karel Sedlacek will make history by becoming the first Czech Republic player ever to grace a Euro Tour stage when he takes on European Matchplay finalist William O'Connor, with the small matter of a show-down with Michael van Gerwen at stake.

Former Lakeside Champion Jelle Klaasen looks to avoid an upset at the hands of former UK Open finalist Barrie Bates, while Players Championship event winner Josh Payne faces lively Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Ryan Searle, runner-up in Wednesday's Players Championship 18, looks to continue his fine run of form when he meets Stoke's Andy Boulton, as Austrian youngster Rowby-John Rodriguez comes up against German qualifier Robert Marijanovic.

Kevin Munch, conqueror of Adrian Lewis in last year's World Championship, kicks off the day's action against Yorkshire's Darren Johnson, while former World Youth finalist 'Rapid' Ricky Evans takes on two-time Lakeside semi-finalist - Jan Dekker.

The evening session features a stand-out clash between former world finalist Kevin Painter - a player making his first European Tour appearance of the season - and in-form Vincent van der Voort, who hit a nine-darter on the ProTour in midweek.

World Matchplay semi-finalist Jeffrey de Zwaan takes on Wolverhampton veteran Wayne Jones as 'The Black Cobra' bids for his first win on the Euro Tour this year.

Former Players Champion Paul Nicholson aims to take another significant step towards securing a place in both the European Championship and World Championship by overcoming world number 60 Jeffrey de Graaf.

James Wilson, last weekend's German Championship runner-up, bids to maintain his blistering run of form this week when he plays Spanish number one Cristo Reyes.

Multiple major winner Robert Thornton takes on former World Youth Champion Arron Monk, with both players in need of a strong second half of the season.

Canada's Dawson Murschell looks to continue his improved run of form when he faces Ritchie Edhouse for the right to face James Wade on Saturday.

Rusty-Jake Rodriguez, younger brother of Rowby-John, has been drawn to face the original European Tour nine-dart hero Ross Smith, while former Auckland Masters champion Kyle Anderson takes on German qualifier Christian Bunse.

The action gets underway from midday, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

Dutch Darts Championship 2018 Schedule


All times BST (local time one hour ahead)

Friday September 7

First Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)    
Kevin Munch v Darren Johnson
Karel Sedlacek v William O'Connor
Barrie Bates v Jelle Klaasen
Rowby-John Rodriguez v Robert Marijanovic
Ryan Searle v Andy Boulton
Ricky Evans v Jan Dekker
Toni Alcinas v Darius Labanauskas
Josh Payne v Dirk van Duijvenbode

Evening Session (6.15pm-10pm)
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Wayne Jones
Jeffrey de Graaf v Paul Nicholson
Dawson Murschell v Ritchie Edhouse
Kevin Painter v Vincent van der Voort
Ross Smith v Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Robert Thornton v Arron Monk
Kyle Anderson v Christian Bunse
James Wilson v Cristo Reyes


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