Callan Rydz produced a spellbinding display to defeat Peter Wright 6-3 in the Second Round of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy…
Callan Rydz produced a spellbinding display to defeat Peter Wright 6-3 in the Second Round of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy on Saturday.
World Matchplay quarter-finalist Rydz averaged 110.7 in a devastating display, landing a 170 checkout and converting six doubles from as many attempts.
Wright, himself, averaged 108 with four 180s, but was powerless to stop the Tyneside thrower as he stormed into Sunday’s Last 16 at the Europa Sports Park.
That result also assures Rydz of a place in next month’s European Championship as the field for the 32-player tournament was confirmed following Saturday’s action.
A further ten players secured places in the European Championship – for which the field is comprised solely of the top 32 players from the European Order of Merit, despite this season’s European Tour consisting of just two events.
Adam Smith-Neale will be among a host of debutants in Salzburg after the former World Masters champion continued his dream Euro Tour debut by defeating Premier League champion Jonny Clayton 6-4.
Ted Evetts also secured his qualification as he edged out World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode in a last-leg decider, extending the Dutchman’s barren run of results.
Mensur Suljovic continued his resurgence with a 6-5 victory over Kim Huybrechts, punishing three missed match darts from the Belgian.
Michael van Gerwen got off and running in style as he averaged 100 in a 6-3 success over Rob Cross with a high checkout of 112.
Van Gerwen will face fellow Dutchman Danny Noppert in Sunday’s Last 16 after he overcame Sweden’s Andreas Harrysson to also seal a spot at the European Championship.
James Wade held his nerve to edge out Croatia’s Boris Krcmar in a deciding leg, landing a timely 180 in the last leg and hitting double five with his final dart.
Second seed Jose de Sousa opened up with a whitewash win over struggling Belgian youngster Kenny Neyens, while top seed Joe Cullen with a comfortable 6-1 winner against Joe Murnan – who squandered 14 darts at doubles.
Simon Whitlock pulled off an impressive 6-2 win over Michael Smith with the aid of three maximums and a 114 checkout.
Whitlock’s World Cup team-mate Damon Heta safely dispatched Adam Hunt 6-3 with a high finish of 158, while Brendan Dolan thrashed an out of sorts Mervyn King 6-1 with 55 per cent on the doubles.
Krzysztof Ratajski, who won the most recent staging of the Gibraltar Trophy in 2019, began his title defence with a 6-3 win over Ryan Searle – who was punished for 13 missed darts at doubles.
World number one Gerwyn Price showed no sign of injury problems as he swept aside Germany’s Florian Hempel 6-1 to reach the Last 16, averaging 97.
Gabriel Clemens ended Devon Petersen’s hopes of European Championship qualification as he secured a 6-3 victory, while Nathan Aspinall overcame Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 with an emphatic 102.5 average and six from nine on the outer ring.
Van Duijvenbode, Clayton and Petersen join the likes of Dave Chisnall, Daryl Gurney, Dimitri van den Bergh and Gary Anderson as notable absentees at October’s European Championship.
Gibraltar Darts Trophy 2021 Day Two Results
Saturday September 25
Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-6 Ted Evetts
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Mervyn King
Danny Noppert 6-2 Andreas Harrysson
Damon Heta 6-3 Adam Hunt
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Michael Smith 2-6 Simon Whitlock
James Wade 6-5 Boris Krcmar
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Ryan Searle
Jonny Clayton 4-6 Adam Smith-Neale
Jose de Sousa 6-0 Kenny Neyens
Devon Petersen 3-6 Gabriel Clemens
Peter Wright 3-6 Callan Rydz
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Florian Hempel
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Rob Cross
Joe Cullen 6-1 Joe Murnan
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Ritchie Edhouse