Glen Durrant marked his swift return to action with a 6-3 win over Nico Kurz in Round Two of the…
Glen Durrant marked his swift return to action with a 6-3 win over Nico Kurz in Round Two of the European Grand Prix in Sindelfingen on Saturday, while three seeds crashed out.
Durrant, who clinched Premier League glory in Coventry on Thursday, returned to the oche less than 48 hours later to battle his way to victory over German youngster Kurz.
World Championship qualifier Kurz led 3-2, but Duzza dug deep to reel off four consecutive legs for a place in Sunday’s Last 16.
Meanwhile, Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas punished 15 missed doubles from Dave Chisnall as he claimed a 6-3 win to move through and face Joe Cullen – who landed a 170 checkout as he defeated Kim Huybrechts by the same scoreline.
Belgian Championship winner Gerwyn Price won the battle of the year’s two European Tour winners so far as he overcame German Championship winner Devon Petersen 6-2.
Price pulled clear from one-all with the South African, following up a 150 checkout with a 12-darter as he pulled clear to move into the Third Round at the Glaspalast.
The World Grand Prix champion will now face Jose De Sousa after the Portuguese star whitewashed Host Nation qualifier Ricardo Pietreczko 6-0.
World number one Michael van Gerwen opened his challenge in Sindelfingen with a dominant 6-1 win over Mervyn King, taking the opening four legs without reply before going on to seal a one-sided victory.
He now plays close friend Vincent van der Voort on Sunday after the former Austrian Open winner ended German hopes in the event with a 6-4 defeat of Max Hopp.
Martijn Kleermaker is another Dutchman in the hunt for the title this weekend after claiming an impressive 6-2 triumph over Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski.
Kleermaker now plays former World Champion Rob Cross, who survived Adam Hunt’s fightback from 5-2 down to force a deciding leg before finally prevailing.
Mensur Suljovic landed six 180s and averaged over 105 as he defeated PDC Challenge Tour champion David Evans 6-3 to set up a tie with Jamie Hughes – who survived one missed match dart from Steve Lennon in their contest.
World number four Michael Smith impressed with a 104 average as he whitewashed Derk Telnekes, and the St Helens ace now plays Ian White, who was a 6-2 winner against Scott Waites.
James Wade averaged 101 to come through a high-quality tie with German ace Gabriel Clemens 6-4, with the left-hander sealing the win with consecutive checkouts of 110 and 116.
Wade now faces Nathan Aspinall, who bounced back from his disappointment in the Premier League final with a 6-1 defeat of William O’Connor.
European Darts Grand Prix 2020 Results
Saturday October 17
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Ian White 6-2 Scott Waites
Michael Smith 6-0 Derk Telnekes
Glen Durrant 6-3 Nico Kurz
Jose De Sousa 6-0 Ricardo Pietreczko
Darius Labanauskas 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Joe Cullen 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
Jamie Hughes 6-5 Steve Lennon
Krzysztof Ratajski 2-6 Martijn Kleermaker
Rob Cross 6-5 Adam Hunt
James Wade 6-4 Gabriel Clemens
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Devon Petersen
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 David Evans
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Mervyn King
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 William O’Connor
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Max Hopp