Dirk van Duijvenbode closed out a dramatic 10-9 victory over Gary Anderson on the opening day of the UK Open,…
Dirk van Duijvenbode closed out a dramatic 10-9 victory over Gary Anderson on the opening day of the UK Open, while Dave Chisnall knocked out Peter Wright.
An action-packed day at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes began with 151 players, but just 32 remain standing after a marathon double session across eight stages.
The world’s top 32 ranked players awaited the winners from the Third Round in the evening session, with the traditional open draw format producing a number of mouth-watering ties.
History was made by Lisa Ashton on the Main Stage in Round Two as the four-time Women’s World Champion averaged 100.3 – the highest ever recorded by a woman in a televised event, in a 6-2 win over Aaron Beeney.
It was also Ashton’s first win on a TV stage in the PDC and the first victory for a woman in the tournament since Deta Hedman achieved the feat in 2005, although her progress was later halted by Darius Labanauskas in Round Three.
Two nine-darters were hit in the opening two rounds, firstly by 17-year-old Polish debutant Sebastian Bialecki in his First Round win over Jim McEwan, before Dutchman Jitse van der Wal achieved perfection against Bialecki in a Second Round defeat.
Round One saw early exits for the likes of Adam Gawlas, Ritchie Edhouse, Geert De Vos, John Michael and former World Champion Richie Burnett.
The Second Round saw two-time UK Open champion Raymond van Barneveld fall by the wayside as his return to the competition was ended by impressive debutant Alan Soutar.
Scotland’s Soutar, who secured his Tour Card at UK Qualifying School last month, went on to reach the Last 32, defeating Mickey Mansell and Stephen Bunting in the process.
Canada’s Jeff Smith and America’s Danny Baggish both departed in Round Two, alongside Scottish pair Ryan Murray and William Borland.
Scott Waites received a walkover into Round Three after his scheduled opponent Steve Brown was incredibly timed out for failing to show at the board on time.
Brown’s son John, however, enjoyed a contrastingly successful day as he reached the Last 32 on his UK Open debut, becoming the only player to do so having started out in Round One.
Emerging star Brown began by defeating Northern Ireland’s Gavin Carlin 6-3 with a 98 average before edging out Nathan Rafferty 6-5 and overcoming Chas Barstow 6-3.
He then knocked out former Lakeside finalist Mark McGeeney 10-6 to continue his superb run, setting up a Last 32 meeting with Chris Dobey.
The Third Round saw the likes of William O’Connor, Damon Heta, Keane Barry, Jim Williams and Jelle Klaasen crash out.
Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen made it safely through to Saturday afternoon’s Fifth Round with a hard-fought 10-8 win over Scott Mitchell.
World number one Gerwyn Price, meanwhile, cruised through with a 10-5 defeat of Peter Hudson.
Peter Wright’s slow start to 2021 continued as he went down 10-5 to Dave Chisnall – who averaged 100 and landed six 180s on his way to victory.
Michael Smith recovered from 5-1 down and survived a match dart to defeat Joe Cullen in a last-leg epic, taking out 170 along the way.
Nathan Aspinall, the 2019 champion, bowed out following a 10-5 loss to Krzysztof Ratajski – who averaged 102.6 in a clinical display.
2018 champion Gary Anderson and 2014 winner Adrian Lewis also fell at the first hurdle at the hands of Dirk van Duijvenbode and Ryan Searle respectively, both of whom averaged above 100.
Van Gerwen is joined by James Wade as the only former winners remaining in the tournament after the 2008 and 2011 champion came through a last-leg decider against Ryan Joyce.
Dutch ace Danny Noppert enjoyed a 10-6 victory over Premier League champion Glen Durrant – whose struggles in major competition continue.
Luke Woodhouse dispatched World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-5, with the Belgian recovering from a recent knee operation, while Rob Cross battled back from 8-5 down to deny 2013 finalist Andy Hamilton 10-8.
Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa produced a timely 103 checkout in the deciding leg to defeat Mervyn King 10-9.
The action continues on Saturday with the Fifth Round ties in the afternoon session, followed by the Last 16 in the evening session, with the draw to be made at the conclusion of the previous round.
Ladbrokes UK Open 2021 Results
Friday March 5
Berry van Peer 5-6 Martin Schindler (R1)
Brett Claydon 3-6 Danny Baggish (R1)
Aaron Beeney 2-6 Lisa Ashton (R2)
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-4 Boris Koltsov (R2)
Alan Soutar 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld (R2)
Keane Barry 6-1 Geert Nentjes (R2)
Max Hopp 6-3 William O’Connor (R3)
Damon Heta 1-6 David Evans (R3)
Alan Soutar 6-3 Mickey Mansell (R3)
Gordon Mathers 3-6 Kirk Shepherd (R1)
Boris Koltsov 6-1 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez (R1)
Zoran Lerchbacher 5-6 Jim Williams (R1)
Geert Nentjes 6-5 Richie Burnett (R1)
Martin Atkins 6-3 Bradley Brooks (R2)
Martijn Kleermaker 6-3 Wayne Jones (R2)
Lewis Williams 5-6 Scott Mitchell (R2)
Ciaran Teehan 6-5 Danny Baggish (R2)
Mark McGeeney 6-5 Steve Beaton (R3)
Ross Smith 5-6 Callan Rydz (R3)
Lisa Ashton 2-6 Darius Labanauskas (R3)
Krzysztof Kciuk 5-6 Kim Huybrechts (R3)
Rhys Griffin 6-5 Sean Fisher (R1)
Matt Jackson 3-6 Nathan Rafferty (R1)
Keelan Kay 5-6 Kevin McDine (R1)
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Brian Raman (R1)
Nick Kenny 6-5 Ryan Meikle (R2)
Jeff Smith 1-6 Martin Schindler (R2)
Andy Hamilton 6-5 Damian Mol (R2)
Jim Williams 6-1 Kirk Shepherd (R2)
James Wilson 1-6 Keegan Brown (R3)
Martin Atkins 4-6 Scott Waites (R3)
Keane Barry 6-2 Luke Woodhouse (R3)
Scott Taylor 0-6 Adam Hunt (R3)
Geert De Vos 2-6 Niels Zonneveld (R1)
Martin Lukeman 4-6 Maikel Verberk (R1)
Scott Taylor 6-4 John Michael (R1)
Michael Rasztovits 2-6 Peter Jacques (R2)
Peter Hudson 6-1 Jesus Noguera (R2)
Scott Waites W/O Steve Brown (R2)
Kevin McDine 3-6 Rowby-John Rodriguez (R2)
Eddie Lovely 2-6 Ron Meulenkamp (R3)
Kai Fan Leung 6-5 Nick Kenny (R3)
Jim Williams 2-6 Madars Razma (R3)
Shane McGuirk 2-6 Jack Main (R1)
Jason Heaver 6-2 Lorenzo Pronk (R1)
Luc Peters 3-6 Lewis Williams (R1)
Steffen Siepmann 4-6 David Evans (R2)
Niels Zonneveld 2-6 Derk Telnekes (R2)
Alan Tabern 5-6 Gino Vos (R2)
Joe Murnan 3-6 Kai Fan Leung (R2)
Steve West 1-6 Jason Lowe (R3)
Andy Boulton 6-3 Jelle Klaasen (R3)
Kevin Doets 4-6 Steve Lennon (R3)
Karel Sedlacek 6-0 Rhys Griffin (R3)
Peter Jacques 6-1 Ciaran Teehan (R3)
Jim McEwan 2-6 Sebastian Bialecki (R1) – *Bialecki hits a nine-darter*
Chas Barstow 6-4 Lukas Wenig (R1)
Joe Murnan 6-2 Matthew Dennant (R1)
Jon Worsley 1-6 Andrew Gilding (R2)
Jack Main 6-4 Robert Collins (R2)
Mike De Decker 4-6 Rhys Griffin (R2)
Scott Taylor 6-5 Maikel Verberk (R2)
John Henderson 6-5 Matt Edgar (R3)
Andy Hamilton 6-1 Gary Blades (R3)
Martin Schindler 5-6 Martijn Kleermaker (R3)
John Brown 6-3 Chas Barstow (R3)
Joe Davis 3-6 Kevin Doets (R1)
Adam Gawlas 4-6 Gino Vos (R1)
Ritchie Edhouse 4-6 Damian Mol (R1)
Harald Leitinger 0-6 Karel Sedlacek (R2)
Dom Taylor 0-6 Gary Blades (R2)
John Brown 6-5 Nathan Rafferty (R2)
Chas Barstow 6-1 Martin Thomas (R2)
Maik Kuivenhoven 1-6 Brendan Dolan (R3)
Peter Hudson 6-1 Gino Vos (R3)
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Josh Payne (R3)
Jake Jones 5-6 Dom Taylor (R1)
Peter Hudson 6-1 Ryan De Vreede (R1)
John Brown 6-3 Gavin Carlin (R1)
Ryan Murray 2-6 Krzysztof Kciuk (R2)
William Borland 4-6 Kevin Doets (R2)
Sebastian Bialecki 6-3 Jitse van der Wal (R2) – *Van der Wal hits a nine-darter*
Jason Heaver 5-6 Eddie Lovely (R2)
Ted Evetts 4-6 Darren Webster (R3)
Jack Main 5-6 Ryan Searle (R3)
Scott Mitchell 6-3 Andrew Gilding (R3)
Sebastian Bialecki 6-3 Derk Telnekes (R3)
Gary Anderson 9-10 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Scott Mitchell
Gerwyn Price 10-5 Peter Hudson
Peter Wright 5-10 Dave Chisnall
Mervyn King 9-10 Jose de Sousa
Andy Hamilton 8-10 Rob Cross
Nathan Aspinall 5-10 Krzysztof Ratajski
Joe Cullen 9-10 Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney 10-8 Jason Lowe
Ryan Searle 10-7 Adrian Lewis
Max Hopp 10-6 Vincent van der Voort
John Brown 10-6 Mark McGeeney
Callan Rydz 10-6 Jermaine Wattimena
Jonny Clayton 10-7 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Darius Labanauskas 10-5 Darren Webster
Ryan Joyce 9-10 James Wade
Ian White 7-10 Ricky Evans
Alan Soutar 10-5 Stephen Bunting
Kai Fan Leung 7-10 Brendan Dolan
Martijn Kleermaker 10-8 Jamie Hughes
Karel Sedlacek 7-10 Simon Whitlock
Devon Petersen 10-5 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Luke Woodhouse 10-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Andy Boulton 9-10 Peter Jacques
Mensur Suljovic 10-6 Sebastian Bialecki
Gabriel Clemens 10-4 Adam Hunt
Steve Lennon 7-10 Ron Meulenkamp
David Evans 6-10 Madars Razma
Scott Waites 10-6 Keegan Brown
John Henderson 6-10 Chris Dobey
Glen Durrant 6-10 Danny Noppert
Kim Huybrechts 8-10 Luke Humphries