De Zwaan and Klaasen among early Dutch casualties at the Dutch Darts Championship

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 7 Sep 2018
Dejection for Jelle Klaasen (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Jeffrey de Zwaan and Jelle Klaasen were among five Dutchmen to crash out of the 2018 Dutch Darts Championship at the first hurdle in Maastricht on Friday.

World Matchplay semi-finalist De Zwaan suffered a shock 6-2 defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton veteran Wayne Jones in the evening session.

De Zwaan was punished for eight missed darts at doubles in the contest as the 53-year-old set up a show-down with Adrian Lewis in Saturday's Last 32.

Former Lakeside Champion Klaasen continued to struggle for form on the European Tour in 2018 as he went down 6-3 to a resurgent Barrie Bates.

Bates, the 2006 UK Open runner-up, recorded his first ever win on the European Tour as he punished just 27 per cent on the doubles from the world number 19.

Crowd favourite Vincent van der Voort was left to rue two missed match darts in the deciding leg of his clash with Kevin Painter.

Former world finalist Painter landed five 180s in a high quality display, taking out 92 in the decider to record his first Euro Tour win of the year.

Two-time Lakeside semi-finalist Jan Dekker was on the receiving end of a strong showing from Ricky Evans - who averaged 95, hit four 180s and 66 per cent on the doubles in a 6-3 success.

Players Championship event winner Josh Payne put paid to the hopes of Dirk van Duijvenbode with a 6-3 triumph, sealing the win with a tidy 13-darter.

Jeffrey de Graaf broke the trend by giving the Dutch crowd something to celebrate as he edged out former Players Champion Paul Nicholson in a last-leg decider.

Nicholson had come from 5-2 down and produced seven perfect darts in the process on the way to levelling the tie, but it was the Host Nation qualifier who landed double 16 for a 15-darter to get over the line.

Rowby-John Rodriguez produced the highest average of the opening round (100.71) as he dispatched Germany's Robert Marijanovic 6-3 with five 180s and a 144 checkout to boot.

Arron Monk picked up only his second European Tour win of the season as he dumped out former UK Open champion Robert Thornton 6-3 with high finishes of 118 and 122 along the way.

Lithuania's Darius Labanauskas converted 50 per cent of his attempts at doubles in a 6-3 win over Antonio Alcinas - whose fellow Spaniard Cristo Reyes pulled off an impressive 6-4 win over last weekend's German Championship runner-up James Wilson.

Reyes averaged 96 and landed four 180s in a solid display to tear up the form guide.

Kyle Anderson enjoyed an emphatic 6-0 whitewash of German qualifier Christian Bunse with four 180s and a 99 average to his name.

Ryan Searle, runner-up in Wednesday's Players Championship event, continued his fine run of form by recording a 6-3 win over Stoke's Andy Boulton.

European Matchplay finalist William O'Connor set up another show-down with Michael van Gerwen following a 6-2 defeat of Karel Sedlacek - the first Czech Republic player ever to appear in a Euro Tour event.

Darren Johnson fired in five 180s and a high finish of 101 on his way to a 6-4 victory over German left-hander Kevin Munch.

Ritchie Edhouse set up a clash with fifth seed James Wade after seeing off Canada's Dawson Murschell 6-4, while Ross Smith overcame Austrian youngster Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-2 with a 96 average.


Dutch Darts Championship 2018 Results


Friday September 7

First Round

Afternoon Session
Kevin Munch 4-6 Darren Johnson
Karel Sedlacek 2-6 William O'Connor
Barrie Bates 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Robert Marijanovic
Ryan Searle 6-3 Andy Boulton
Ricky Evans 6-3 Jan Dekker
Toni Alcinas 3-6 Darius Labanauskas
Josh Payne 6-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Evening Session
Jeffrey de Zwaan 2-6 Wayne Jones
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-5 Paul Nicholson
Dawson Murschell 4-6 Ritchie Edhouse
Kevin Painter 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Ross Smith 6-2 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Robert Thornton 3-6 Arron Monk
Kyle Anderson 6-0 Christian Bunse
James Wilson 4-6 Cristo Reyes


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