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Home hero Kim Huybrechts stuns Michael van Gerwen at the Belgian Darts Open

Jamie Shaw in European Tour 24 Sep 2022
Home hero Kim Huybrechts celebrates (Photo by Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe)

Kim Huybrechts pulled off a memorable 6-4 victory over Michael van Gerwen on home soil at the at the Belgian Darts Open in Wieze on Saturday.

Huybrechts punished a staggering 20 missed darts at doubles from the reigning Premier League and World Matchplay champion to prevail in a dramatic Second Round contest.

The Belgian World Cup star fired in a superb 121 checkout on his way to opening up a 4-1 lead, but Van Gerwen hit back to level with three straight legs to draw level.

Huybrechts edged back in front on double two, before an incredible finish saw MVG squander seven darts at doubles to save the match and ‘The Hurricane’ take out 134 on two double tops to delight the Oktoberhallen crowd.

“This is the biggest win so far of my career,” admitted Huybrechts. “I’ve played in the Premier League and I beat Michael in the Grand Slam of Darts, but that’s the most amazing crowd I’ve ever experienced.

“To win with a finish like that is something I’ll always remember. I was already focusing on the next leg – I was thinking it was going to be five-five. He missed, I’m on 134 and I’m thinking “maybe” and then boom!”

Huybrechts won the last of his two previous European Tour titles in 2015, but will be on a high as he enters Sunday’s final stages with a Third Round tie against Adrian Lewis – who averaged 103 in a 6-1 rout of Croatia’s Boris Krcmar.

While Huybrechts was a popular winner on Day Two, the other two remaining Belgian aces – Dimitri Van den Bergh and Mike De Decker – saw their hopes ended.

Van den Bergh suffered an agonising 6-5 loss to Andrew Gilding, with the Belgian number one missing darts to break in legs five and seven.

That proved crucial, and though Van den Bergh took out a 13-darter to take the game into a decisive 11th leg, Gilding was first to a double as he took out 24 for victory.

De Decker led 2-1 early in his tie with Rob Cross, who took three successive legs to turn the tie before defying an 11-darter from the Belgian to close out the win.

World Champion Peter Wright was also eliminated, as Dutch youngster Niels Zonneveld came back from 4-2 down with finishes of 100 and 126 before denying the Scot in a deciding leg to reach the final day of a European Tour event for a first time.

“It’s really amazing,” said Zonneveld. “He was 4-2 up but I got it back and hit some good finishes.”

German number one Gabriel Clemens finished six doubles from as many attempts in a sensational 6-1 win over Ryan Meikle.

Clemens took out 120, 124, 76, 62 and 101 as he opened up a 5-1 lead, and then finished 100 with two double tops to complete a remarkable doubling display.

Clemens will be joined in the Last 16 in Belgium by fellow German Martin Schindler – who averaged 96 in his 6-2 defeat of Czech ace Karel Sedlacek.

Schindler now meets Rusty-Jake Rodriguez in the Last 16 on Sunday afternoon, after the Austrian youngster took out 82 in the deciding leg of his clash with third seed Damon Heta.

Meanwhile, Jose de Sousa survived four missed match darts from Ross Smith as he progressed to the Last 16, hitting back from 5-3 down as the Englishman missed a pair of match darts in each of the final two legs.

De Sousa faces a third round tie with Ryan Searle – who raced past former World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks for the loss of just one leg.

Dave Chisnall landed a 170 checkout and posted two 12-darters and an 11-dart leg in his commanding 6-2 win over former Lakeside Champion Jelle Klaasen.

Nathan Aspinall finished six doubles from 12 attempts and averaged 98 in his dominant 6-1 win over Jamie Hughes.

Last weekend’s World Series Finals runner-up Dirk van Duijvenbode continued his strong form with a 99.5 average in a narrow 6-5 win over Mervyn King – who wired the bull for victory in the deciding leg.

Jonny Clayton was a narrow 6-5 winner against Keane Barry, who missed double 16 for a 101 finish in the deciding leg of their tie before Clayton took out 79 in two darts.

Masters champion Joe Cullen proved too strong for Sweden’s Dennis Nilsson, with a 6-2 triumph setting up a Third Round clash with UK Open champion Danny Noppert – who hit back from 4-2 down against Madars Razma to win in a deciding leg.


Belgian Darts Open 2022 Day Two Results

Saturday September 24

Second Round

Afternoon Session
Damon Heta 5-6 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Gabriel Clemens 6-1 Ryan Meikle
Martin Schindler 6-2 Karel Sedlacek
Ryan Searle 6-1 Bradley Brooks
Jose de Sousa 6-5 Ross Smith
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Mervyn King
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Jamie Hughes

Evening Session
Rob Cross 6-4 Mike De Decker
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Keane Barry
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-6 Andrew Gilding
Peter Wright 5-6 Niels Zonneveld
Joe Cullen 6-2 Dennis Nilsson
Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Kim Huybrechts
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Boris Krcmar
Danny Noppert 6-5 Madars Razma

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