Deadly Durrant thrashes Hughes in German Grand Prix opener as Dobey and Beaton crash out

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 20 Apr 2019
Middlesbrough marksman Duzza celebrates (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

Glen Durrant produced a clinical display to thrash Jamie Hughes 6-1 in the opening round of the 2019 German Darts Grand Prix in Munich on Saturday, while Chris Dobey and Steve Beaton suffered shock early exits.

The season's third European Tour event began with the 32 qualifiers facing off for the right to meet one of the top 16 seeds on Day Two at the Zenith.

Three-time Lakeside Champion Durrant, appearing in his second Euro Tour event, came through a potentially tricky First Round tie against former Lakeside semi-finalist Hughes.

Durrant produced a roof-raising 170 checkout and averaged 99 in a strong display as he dropped just one leg to the Tipton ace and set up a meeting with eleventh seed Joe Cullen.

Meanwhile, former Lakeside Champion Beaton suffered a crushing 6-1 defeat at the hands of an inspired Nathan Derry - who landed six 180s and averaged 96 as he punished nine missed darts at doubles from 'The Bronzed Adonis'.

Premier League 'Contender' Dobey crashed out at the first hurdle after a shock 6-3 defeat to Austria's Michael Rasztovits - who converted six of his eight attempts at doubles.

Stephen Bunting stormed into the Last 32 after a 6-1 rout of Alan Norris in a match which signalled a repeat of the 2014 BDO World Championship final.

No fewer than seven German hopefuls were sent packing on the opening day of the tournament, including German number two Martin Schindler as he went down 6-2 at the hands of Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski.

Ricky Evans, the recent German Championship runner-up, held his nerve to edge out ProTour event finalist Gabriel Clemens in a deciding leg with a 97 average and a high checkout of 132.

Kim Huybrechts also prevailed in a last-leg shoot-out as he came from 4-2 and 5-3 down to deny Host Nation qualifier Dragutin Horvat.

Keegan Brown also survived a scare as he recovered from 4-3 and 5-4 down to edge past Swedish veteran Magnus Caris 6-5, while Ritchie Edhouse pulled off an impressive 6-4 win over 2011 Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan.

Karel Sedlacek of the Czech Republic landed four 180s in a 6-4 win over Brazil's Diogo Portela, while Aussie ace Kyle Anderson eased past German left-hander Kevin Munch 6-2.

Arron Monk reeled off five consecutive legs to power past Marko Puls 6-3, as in-form Ross Smith safely dispatched Scotland's Mark Barilli 6-3.

Ted Evetts was a comfortable 6-2 winner over Mark Wilson with a 96.6 average, while Spain's Cristo Reyes brushed aside home hopeful Michael Hurtz by the same scoreline, as did former ProTour event winner Josh Payne over German darting stalwart Jyhan Artut.

German Darts Grand Prix 2019 Results


Saturday April 20

First Round

Afternoon Session
Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Ted Evetts 6-2 Mark Wilson
Arron Monk 6-3 Marko Puls
Keegan Brown 6-5 Magnus Caris
Ross Smith 6-3 Mark Barilli
Josh Payne 6-2 Jyhan Artut
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Diogo Portela
Kyle Anderson 6-2 Kevin Munch

Evening Session
Steve Beaton 1-6 Nathan Derry
Alan Norris 1-6 Stephen Bunting
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Martin Schindler
Chris Dobey 3-6 Michael Rasztovits
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Dragutin Horvat
Gabriel Clemens 5-6 Ricky Evans
Jamie Hughes 1-6 Glen Durrant
Michael Hurtz 2-6 Cristo Reyes


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Deadly Durrant thrashes Hughes in German Grand Prix opener as Dobey and Beaton crash out

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