Michael van Gerwen launched his quest for a fourth European Tour title of 2022 with a 6-2 rout of rival…
Michael van Gerwen launched his quest for a fourth European Tour title of 2022 with a 6-2 rout of rival Jelle Klaasen in the Dutch Darts Championship in Zwolle on Saturday, as Mervyn King dispatched Gerwyn Price.
Van Gerwen raised the roof with an imperious display at the Ijsselhallen, averaging 104.7 and landing six 180s to continue his remarkable record against Klaasen, despite a sensational 170 checkout from the former Lakeside Champion in the opening exchanges.
The world number three will now face Callan Rydz for a place in Sunday’s Third Round after the Newcastle star raced to a 6-1 win over a below-par Brendan Dolan earlier in the day.
An out of sorts Price was one of nine seeds to bow out of the competition on Day Two, with Mervyn King prevailing in a last-leg decider.
Following the disappointment of missing out on the Premier League Play-Offs, world number one Peter Wright returned to winning ways with a 6-3 victory over Jermaine Wattimena, producing a superb 125 checkout along the way.
The reigning World Champion will now face Danny Noppert in the Last 16 after the UK Open champion defied a ton-plus average and five 180s from Martin Schindler to prevail in a dramatic decider.
Dirk van Duijvenbode was the third Dutchman to book his place in Sunday’s Last 16 by battling past Mickey Mansell to set up a showdown against Dave Chisnall – who posted a 105.8 average in a 6-3 success over Jose de Sousa.
Thursday’s Premier League Night 16 winner Michael Smith produced a similarly eye-catching display, averaging 105.8 and landing six 180s to end the hopes of home hero Danny Jansen.
Smith is now up against in-form Damon Heta in round three, after the Australian accounted for Scott Waites in a gruelling affair.
Rob Cross’ quest for a fourth European Tour final of 2022 was curtailed by an inspired Ryan Meikle, who averaged 100 to close out a 6-2 success, in one of the left-hander’s best performances on the big stage.
Meikle will meet Boris Krcmar in Round Three, after the Croatian recovered from 5-3 down to dump out Dimitri Van den Bergh, having survived multiple match darts in the penultimate leg.
Former Dutch Masters winner Simon Whitlock survived four missed match darts en route to a 6-5 victory over Premier League semi-finalist Joe Cullen.
Whitlock takes on surprise package Daniel Larsson for a Quarter-Final spot, after the unseeded Swede produced an accomplished display on the outer ring to stun Nathan Aspinall 6-4.
Ryan Searle fired in two ton-plus finishes to defeat Ross Smith in a match dominated by missed doubles, and will now face Andrew Gilding – who continued his impressive form in Zwolle, producing a 170 checkout in a 6-4 success over Krzysztof Ratajski.
In the evening’s finale, Chris Dobey reeled off six consecutive legs to demolish Ritchie Edhouse, and the two-time major semi-finalist now meets Mervyn King on Sunday.
Dutch Darts Championship 2022 – Day Two Results
Saturday May 28
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Krzysztof Ratajski 4-6 Andrew Gilding
Ryan Searle 6-3 Ross Smith
Damon Heta 6-3 Scott Waites
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-6 Boris Krcmar
Nathan Aspinall 4-6 Daniel Larsson
Brendan Dolan 1-6 Callan Rydz
Martin Schindler 5-6 Danny Noppert
Jose de Sousa 3-6 Dave Chisnall
Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Rob Cross 2-6 Ryan Meikle
Joe Cullen 5-6 Simon Whitlock
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Mickey Mansell
Peter Wright 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
Gerwyn Price 5-6 Mervyn King
Michael Smith 6-4 Danny Jansen
Chris Dobey 6-1 Ritchie Edhouse