Raymond van Barneveld, Geert Nentjes and Danny van Trijp enjoyed whitewash wins in Round One of the 2022 German Darts Open…
Raymond van Barneveld, Geert Nentjes and Danny van Trijp enjoyed whitewash wins in Round One of the 2022 German Darts Open in Jena on Friday.
Five-time World Champion Van Barneveld rolled back the years with a clinical display to brush aside White at the Sparkassen-Arena, landing six doubles from ten attempts.
The 55-year-old punished nine missed darts at doubles from White and finished with a flourish as legs of 13 and 11 darts sealed an emphatic win.
Van Barneveld will now face reigning World Champion Peter Wright in Saturday’s Second Round.
“The first two or three legs were a bit dodgy but fortunately I won those, and then you see Ian struggling,” said Van Barneveld. “Ian wasn’t playing his game, but I’m happy to beat him.”
“I’m happy with the win and looking forward to tomorrow. “I love to play Peter – I love him to bits, but tomorrow it’s my stage.
“We all know what he can do, but he’s struggling sometimes and if I play my good game I can beat him – but I have to play really well tomorrow.”
Nentjes and Van Trijp were other Dutchmen to enjoy 6-0 wins on Day One as they also progressed to the Second Round of the season’s 11th European Tour event in style.
Nentjes averaged 98 and finished six doubles from ten attempts to thrash in-form Josh Rock – a quarter-finalist in last weekend’s Hungarian Darts Trophy – while Van Trijp swept past former World Cup winner John Henderson.
Martin Lukeman posted a 103.6 average in his 6-1 rout of Gabriel Clemens – who averaged 107.3 in a losing cause on home soil.
Daryl Gurney will face Dirk van Duijvenbode in Round Two following his 6-3 defeat of Connor Scutt, while Alan Soutar overcame Host Nation qualifier Lukas Wenig by the same scoreline to set up a show-down with Damon Heta.
David Evans held off a late fightback from Martijn Kleermaker – who hit back from 5-0 down to trail 5-3 at one stage – to move through to play Dimitri Van den Bergh on Saturday.
Scott Williams suffered a First Round defeat for the first time on the European Tour, as former World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks set up a tie with Dave Chisnall with a 6-3 success, which included a key 136 checkout.
Luke Woodhouse edged through a tight contest against Keane Barry, hitting a second 11-darter of the game to force a deciding leg before surviving a missed match dart at the bull from the Irish ace before progressing to a tie with Ryan Searle.
Jamie Hughes recovered from 3-0 and 5-2 down – landing a 164 checkout along the way – as he forced a deciding leg against Daniel Larsson, who landed a timely 180 as he edged through to meet top seed Luke Humphries.
Jim Williams survived three missed match darts across two visits from Karel Sedlacek in a dramatic deciding leg to their tie, as he created an all-Welsh clash with recent New Zealand Masters winner Jonny Clayton.
Dragutin Horvat hit back from 2-0 down to defeat Canada’s Jeff Smith 6-4, and the Host Nation Qualifier now plays Jose de Sousa.
The pre-tournament withdrawals of Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith, Adrian Lewis and Darren Webster meant that four players received a Bye in the first round.
Steve Beaton will now play Nathan Aspinall on Saturday, Lewy Williams takes on world number one Gerwyn Price, Ross Smith faces UK Open champion Danny Noppert and Joe Murnan meets Joe Cullen – last weekend’s Hungarian Darts Trophy winner.
German Darts Open 2022 Day One Results
Friday September 9
Martijn Kleermaker 3-6 David Evans
Bradley Brooks 6-3 Scott Williams
Keane Barry 5-6 Luke Woodhouse
Jamie Hughes 5-6 Daniel Larsson
Karel Sedlacek 5-6 Jim Williams
Dragutin Horvat 6-4 Jeff Smith
Danny van Trijp 6-0 John Henderson
Josh Rock 0-6 Geert Nentjes
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Connor Scutt
Alan Soutar 6-3 Lukas Wenig
Ian White 0-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Gabriel Clemens 1-6 Martin Lukeman