Magnificent Murschell dumps Wade out of the US Darts Masters

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 15 Jul 2017
Canadian ace Murschell in action (credit:PDC)

Young sensation Dawson Murschell enjoyed the night of his darting life as he stunned James Wade in a last-leg decider on the opening night of the US Masters in Las Vegas on Friday.

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The 21-year-old Canadian, who came through a vast North American qualifier earlier in the week to seal his spot in the inaugural World Series event, held his nerve to close out victory after Wade had missed six match darts.

Wade took the first leg with a 74 finish before the youngster reeled off three on the spin with a notable finish of 92 in leg four.

Wade hit back with finishes of 108, 66 and tops to wrestle back the upper-hand, before Murschell followed up a maximum with double four to get back on level terms.

An 80 finish from 'The Machine' moved him to the brink of victory, though Murschell had other ideas as he converted double nine to force a dramatic decider.

Wade looked to be cruising over the winning line, only to squander six match darts and allow the home favourite to snatch a memorable victory on double top.

"I've been dreaming about this moment since I was 13 years old," said Murschell. "It's insane, I can't believe it.

"This is what's it's all about - I love it. 

"I haven't shown my best darts so far but I'm happy I'm still in the competition and I have a chance to show it tomorrow," he added.

Dave Richardson became the first North American representative to move through to the Quarter-Finals following an impressive 6-3 defeat of Max Hopp.

Richardson, who was born in Scotland but is now based in Canada, began superbly with checkouts of 121 and 80 to open up a 2-0 lead.

Hopp got off the mark in leg three but missed four darts at doubles in the next leg to allow his opponent to return for double 18 and a 3-1 lead.

An 11-darter followed in leg five from the German, but only for Richardson to reply with an exhibition 100 checkout on two double tops before hitting double five in the seventh to make it 5-2.

Hopp kept the match alive with double seven, but Richardson held his nerve with a 74 finish to get over the line.

"Yesterday was a tough loss for me and I had to put that behind me with a fresh mind," said Richardson, who lost 6-5 in the final of the North American Championship on Thursday. "I never had much time to get over it. 

"Who doesn't want to come to a tournament and play MVG? It's going to be incredible," he added.

Michael van Gerwen needed just eleven minutes of playing time to dispatch California's Chris White 6-0 with an average of 104.86.

The reigning World Champion, who is chasing a tenth World Series crown, sealed the deal with a show-piece 132 checkout of two bullseyes and double 16.

Daryl Gurney marked his World Series debut with a comfortable 6-2 victory over Dennis Sayre.

The heavy-scoring Northern Irishman produced six 180s and a high checkout of 154 as he recovered from a spell of early double troubles to dispatch the Ohio qualifier.

UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price survived a scare as he battled back from 3-1 down to edge out North American champion Willard Bruguier 6-4.

Price took the opening leg before the South Dakota star took the next three to hit the front, punishing a series of missed doubles from the Welshman.

Price then reeled off the next three legs to take the initiative, and though Bruguier restored parity, 'The Ice Man' took the following two to seal his spot in Saturday's Quarter-Finals.

"From the off I was under pressure," said Price. "I struggled most of the way through but I got there in the end.

"To be on the stage with the top players is doing me the world of good."

Gary Anderson followed in the footsteps of Van Gerwen as he brushed aside Jayson Barlow 6-0 with an average of 102.5.

The two-time World Champion made light work of the Canadian qualifier as he set up a show-down with Raymond van Barneveld in the Last Eight on Saturday.

Van Barneveld staved off a potential scalp as he overcame Canada's David Cameron 6-3 despite an average of just 88.

The five-time World Champion raced into a 3-0 lead before Cameron hit back with three consecutive legs of his own to level the contest.

A crucial 96 checkout helped turn the tide back in Barney's favour as he took the next three legs without reply to safely progress.

Peter Wright survived an early scare as he came from 3-1 down to see off Shawn Brenneman 6-3 despite 17 missed darts at doubles.

The UK Open champion drew upon his vast experience to end any hopes of an upset and confirm a tasty clash with Gurney at the business end of the competition on Saturday.

US Darts Masters 2017 Results

Friday July 14

Round One

Daryl Gurney 6-2 Dennis Sayre
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Willard Bruguier
Max Hopp 3-6 Dave Richardson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 David Cameron
James Wade 5-6 Dawson Murschell
Peter Wright 6-3 Shawn Brenneman
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Chris White
Gary Anderson 6-0 Jayson Barlow

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