King gains revenge win over Van Gerwen at the UK Open as Beaton dethrones Anderson

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 2 Mar 2019
Mervyn King celebrates a shock scalp of MVG (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Mervyn King sent shockwaves through the 2019 UK Open field with a 10-6 victory over tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen on the opening day in Minehead, while Steve Beaton dethroned defending champion Gary Anderson.

The most frenetic day on the darting calendar saw 159 players start out in the event affectionately known as 'The FA Cup of Darts', but just 32 were left standing come the end of play.

The top 32 seeds entered at the Fourth Round stage, with a number of big names sent packing at the first hurdle, including defending champion Anderson and former champions Van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld.

Having lost to James Wade in the Premier League in Exeter on Thursday night, Van Gerwen culminated a frustrating 24 hours with defeat to an inspired King.

King, who had been accused of "not trying" and branded "a disgrace" by MVG during their Semi-Final meeting on the ProTour a fortnight ago, got one over on the green machine with a superb display on the Main Stage.

Van Gerwen, who went out at the first hurdle of last year's event, found himself trailing 7-2 to 2014 semi-finalist King despite opening the game with a 170 checkout, before the world number one battled his way back to within two legs at 7-5.
 
A sensational 141 checkout from King put him within a leg of victory at 9-5, before a missed match dart for a 127 finish allowed Van Gerwen to take out 108 to keep himself in the contest.
 
However, the reprieve proved short-lived for Van Gerwen as King wrapped up his first victory over the Dutchman since the 2014 Masters semi-finals to condemn the three-time World Champion to two defeats in as many days.
 
"I fancied this right from the word go and it went my way tonight," said King.
 
"My performance wasn't fantastic, I didn't play to the best of my ability by a long stretch but I just played better than Michael and took my chances. The 141 was a pivotal moment - it stopped him in his tracks.

"He's got to learn that he can't talk for other people.

"You cannot slur somebody's name without it coming back to bite you."

The Main Stage crowd barely had time to catch their collective breath before the evergreen Beaton ended Anderson's reign as champion in a thrilling contest.
 
Anderson, who had been sidelined since the World Championship with a back injury, fired in a 180 with his first three darts back on the big stage, but quickly found himself embroiled in a battle with Beaton.
 
With nothing to separate the pair at 5-5, Beaton took out a 130 finish on the bull to take the advantage, and followed it up with a 100 checkout to go 8-6 in front.
 
Anderson fought back to level at 8-8, only for Beaton to produce back-to-back 14-dart legs to end Anderson's hopes of a second UK Open crown in as many years.
 
"My game is always in there, it just depends which Steve turns up on the day," said Beaton, who will celebrate his 55th birthday in April.
 
"I didn't like the draw when it came out, but you've got to take every game as it comes and when it got to 5-5 I thought 'just go for it now' - I think it was an entertaining game for everyone.
 
"I play with the attitude that I will win if I produce a high 90s to 100 average but tomorrow's another day and I'll need to be at my best again."
 
The day began with 159 players all bidding for the boosted £100,000 top prize, with 127 matches taking place on eight boards across two sessions on the first staging of the expanded UK Open.
 
The festival of darts saw 95 games held in a bumper afternoon session, with three-time Lakeside Champion Glen Durrant, 2012 champion Robert Thornton and 2011 runner-up Wes Newton among the casualties in the opening three rounds.
 
Mensur Suljovic came through a high-class contest with Wright which saw both players post ton-plus averages, as the Austrian made it two wins in as many days against the world number three following their Premier League clash on Thursday.
 
A see-saw battle between Lewis and Jamie Lewis saw the Welshman land a stunning 161 checkout to win a thriller in a deciding leg, while departing Dutchman Van Barneveld bowed out 10-7 at the hands of Simon Stevenson to see his hopes of a third UK Open title ended.
 
James Wade is now the only previous winner of the tournament left in the competition after he powered past James Wilson 10-1 with a 100.5 average.
 
Former World Champion Rob Cross overcame Darren Webster 10-4, Daryl Gurney thumped Reece Robinson 10-1 and Michael Smith played through the pain of a groin injury to beat John Henderson 10-5.
 
2017 finalist Gerwyn Price continued his recent fine form with a 10-6 triumph over Joe Cullen, while Simon Whitlock and Dave Chisnall secured victories over Jan Dekker and Luke Humphries respectively.
 
Starring in his first UK Open since 2012, Jamie Hughes caught the eye with four victories, averaging 107.7 on the Main Stage in his win over Diogo Portela, which he followed with a 10-5 success over Ian White.
 
Scott Taylor was the only Rileys Qualifier to make it to the fourth round before going down to an agonising 10-9 loss to Mickey Mansell.
 
The tournament continues on Saturday with the fifth round in the afternoon session, followed by the sixth round in the evening, after which just eight players will remain to compete in Sunday's final day.
 
The Main Stage play on Saturday afternoon will see King face Cross, while Smith takes on Gurney, Wade meets German number one Max Hopp and Suljovic faces Van den Bergh in a replay of the 2018 German Masters final.
 
At the conclusion of each round, an open draw will be made live on the Main Stage with the UK Open's unique open draw format in place.


Ladbrokes UK Open 2019 Results


Friday March 1

Main Stage
Mark McGeeney 6-3 David Pallett - First Round
Wes Newton 4-6 Cameron Menzies - First Round
Dawson Murschell 3-6 Ross Smith - Second Round
Glen Durrant 6-1 Maik Kuivenhoven - Second Round
Diogo Portela 1-6 Jamie Hughes - Second Round
Scott Taylor 6-3 Kevin Burness - Second Round
Luke Humphries 6-1 Vincent van der Voort - Third Round
Toni Alcinas 3-6 Nathan Aspinall - Third Round
Ricky Evans 6-5 Jose Justicia - Third Round
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-0 Bradley Brooks - Third Round

Stage Two
Barry Lynn 4-6 Michael Rasztovits - First Round
Jamie Hughes 6-3 Callan Rydz - First Round
Dennis Nilsson 2-6 Madars Razma - First Round
Mike van Duivenbode 2-6 Ted Evetts - First Round
Scott Taylor 6-4 Darius Labanauskas - First Round
Wayne Jones 2-6 Vincent Kamphuis - Second Round
Cody Harris 2-6 Adam Hunt - Second Round
Simon Preston 3-6 Arron Monk - Second Round
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Bradley Brooks - Second Round
Mickey Mansell 6-1 Danny Noppert - Third Round
James Richardson 0-6 Steve Lennon - Third Round
Scott Baker 4-6 Krzysztof Ratajski - Third Round
Devon Petersen 2-6 Jamie Hughes - Third Round

Stage Three 
Conan Whitehead 6-3 Michael Burgoine - First Round
Shaun Fox 1-6 Andy Jenkins - First Round
Joe Murnan 6-3 Mark Frost - First Round
Diogo Portela 6-4 Barrie Bates - First Round
Mark Wilson 4-6 Mark Dudbridge - Second Round
Madars Razma 6-3 Mark McGeeney - Second Round
Ted Evetts 3-6 George Killington - Second Round
Rob Collins 3-6 Andy Boulton - Second Round
Gabriel Clemens 6-2 Zoran Lerchbacher - Third Round
Luke Woodhouse 6-4 Chris Dobey - Third Round
Simon Stevenson 6-3 Mark Webster - Third Round
Gavin Carlin 6-2 Glen Durrant - Third Round

Stage Four
Adam Huckvale 6-3 Mark Barilli - First Round
Geert Nentjes 6-5 David Evans - First Round
Cody Harris 6-5 John Davey - First Round
Kirk Shepherd 6-2 Jonathan Worsley - First Round
Matthew Edgar 6-4 Gary Eastwood - Second Round
Harry Ward 6-3 Lloyd Browning - Second Round
Cameron Menzies (timed out) 0-w/o Jamie Bain - Second Round
Nathan Derry 6-4 Vincent van der Meer - Second Round
Richard North 6-5 Ronny Huybrechts - Third Round
Ryan Joyce 6-3 Robert Owen - Third Round
Jamie Bain 3-6 Josh Payne - Third Round
Reece Robinson 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode - Third Round

Stage Five
Jose de Sousa 6-4 Brian Raman - First Round
Nathan Derry 6-4 Lee Budgen - First Round
Vincent van der Meer 6-1 Eddie Dootson - First Round
Matt Clark 6-3 Niels Zonneveld - First Round
Robert Marijanovic 3-6 Davy van Baelen - Second Round
Andy Jenkins 5-6 Mario Robbe - Second Round
Simon Stevenson 6-2 Adrian Gray - Second Round
Gavin Carlin 6-2 John Michael - Second Round
Mark Dudbridge 5-6 William O'Connor - Third Round
Mario Robbe 2-6 Jeffrey de Zwaan - Third Round
Andy Boulton 4-6 Christian Kist - Third Round
Vincent Kamphuis 3-6 Scott Taylor - Third Round

Stage Six
Jarred Cole 6-4 Michael Barnard - First Round
Jason Cullen 3-6 Reece Robinson - First Round
Christian Bunse 4-6 John Michael - First Round
Martin Atkins 3-6 Jamie Bain - First Round
Scott Baker 6-2 Ryan Harrington - Second Round
Tony Newell 6-4 Adam Huckvale - Second Round
Tytus Kanik 0-6 Yordi Meeuwisse - Second Round
Michael Rasztovits 6-5 Conan Whitehead - Second Round
Matthew Edgar 3-6 Ryan Searle - Third Round
Harry Ward 4-6 Jan Dekker - Third Round
Arron Monk 6-5 Robert Thornton - Third Round
George Killington 4-6 Madars Razma - Third Round

Stage Seven
Marko Kantele 6-2 Chris Lacey - First Round
Lloyd Browning 6-4 Lee Harris - First Round
Kevin Thoburn 6-5 Matthew Dennant - First Round
Adrian Gray 6-1 Ian McFarlane - First Round
Peter Hudson 6-3 John Goldie - Second Round
Geert Nentjes 6-3 Jarred Cole - Second Round
Robert Owen 6-4 Marko Kantele - Second Round
Joe Murnan 6-4 Ryan Meikle - Second Round
Davy Van Baelen 4-6 Martin Schindler - Third Round
Adam Huckvale 2-6 Brendan Dolan - Third Round
Nathan Derry 5-6 Keegan Brown - Third Round
Yordi Meeuwisse 3-6 Ross Smith - Third Round 

Stage Eight
Daniel Day 1-6 Maik Kuivenhoven - First Round
Carl Wilkinson 4-6 Yordi Meeuwisse - First Round
Terry Temple 5-6 Simon Preston - First Round
Robbie Collins 6-1 Rowby-John Rodriguez - First Round
Darren Beveridge 2-6 Luke Woodhouse - Second Round
Reece Robinson 6-1 Jose De Sousa - Second Round
Jose Justicia 6-2 Kevin Thoburn - Second Round
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Matt Clark - Second Round
Ron Meulenkamp 5-6 Adam Hunt - Third Round
Geert Nentjes 0-6 Justin Pipe - Third Round
Joe Murnan 6-4 Alan Tabern - Third Round
Michael Rasztovits 2-6 Peter Hudson - Third Round

Evening Session 

Fourth Round

Main Stage
Joe Cullen 6-10 Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen 6-10 Mervyn King
Steve Beaton 10-8 Gary Anderson
Mensur Suljovic 10-8 Peter Wright

Stage Two
Dave Chisnall 10-8 Luke Humphries
Rob Cross 10-4 Darren Webster
Raymond van Barneveld 7-10 Simon Stevenson
Adrian Lewis 9-10 Jamie Lewis

Stage Three
Jelle Klaasen 4-10 Madars Razma
James Wilson 1-10 James Wade
Stephen Bunting 6-10 Steve Lennon
Geert Nentjes 3-10 Max Hopp

Stage Four
Peter Hudson 3-10 Kim Huybrechts
Martin Schindler 10-7 Adam Hunt
Jeffrey de Zwaan 2-10 Jermaine Wattimena
Benito van de Pas 3-10 Gabriel Clemens

Stage Five
Luke Woodhouse 10-7 Gavin Carlin
Joe Murnan 4-10 Krzysztof Ratajski
Ricky Evans 5-10 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jan Dekker 3-10 Simon Whitlock

Stage Six
William O'Connor 4-10 Keegan Brown
Nathan Aspinall 10-9 Christian Kist
Jamie Hughes 10-5 Ian White
Daryl Gurney 10-1 Reece Robinson

Stage Seven
John Henderson 5-10 Michael Smith
Josh Payne 10-2 Kyle Anderson
Jonny Clayton 10-3 Arron Monk
Mickey Mansell 10-9 Scott Taylor

Stage Eight
Cristo Reyes 10-2 Ryan Joyce
Alan Norris 5-10 Ross Smith
Brendan Dolan 4-10 Richard North
Ryan Searle 4-10 Steve West



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King gains revenge win over Van Gerwen at the UK Open as Beaton dethrones Anderson

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