Cameron Menzies blitzes Raymond van Barneveld in Dutch Darts Championship opener

Cameron Menzies produced a devastating display to thrash home favourite Raymond van Barneveld on Day One of the 2024 Dutch Darts Championship on Friday.

The opening day of the season’s seventh European Tour event saw 16 First Round matches take place across two sessions in Rosmalen, and it was Menzies who stole the show as he silenced the partisan Dutch crowd.

Menzies looked poised to register a record-breaking average at one stage, firing in consecutive checkouts of 147, 100 and 129 to storm into a 5-0 lead with a staggering 114 average.

Van Barneveld avoided the whitewash thanks to an 80 finish after Menzies missed four match darts in leg six, but the enigmatic Scot wrapped up victory moments later to advance with an eventual 103.8 average and five 180s.

“I’m a darts fan first and foremost, so Barney is a legend to me,” said Menzies, who will meet two-time World Champion Peter Wright in an all-Scottish showdown on Saturday night.

“The atmosphere and the support the crowd gave him – I have never heard noise like that!

“I had nothing to lose tonight because it’s Barney in his home country, and I think that’s why I played so well.”

Despite Van Barneveld’s early exit, there were wins for six Dutch stars on an action-packed day at the Autotron, as Dirk van Duijvenbode returned to winning ways.

Following a run of six straight defeats on the Euro Tour in 2024, Van Duijvenbode swept aside Callan Rydz in his opener, averaging 95 and landing four maximums in a 6-3 success.

Meanwhile, Kevin Doets survived a match dart to deny Mike De Decker in a dramatic climax, overturning a 5-4 deficit to set up a fascinating clash against home hero Michael van Gerwen.

Jermaine Wattimena also marked his return to home soil with a deciding-leg victory, defying a late fightback from Joe Cullen to progress in an ill-tempered affair.

Cullen appeared livid with Wattimena at the conclusion of the match, refusing to shake hands after an apparent gamesmanship from the Dutchman throughout the tie.

Host Nation Qualifier Moreno Blom raised the roof with a superb 6-3 victory over Ryan Joyce, averaging 100.2 and landing a brace of ton-plus finishes to set up a meeting with Chris Dobey.

Meanwhile, Marvin van Velzen dumped out former Lakeside champion Christian Kist in an all-Dutch clash to triumph on debut, while Niels Zonneveld won through a deciding leg against New Zealand’s Haupai Puha.

UK Open champion Dimitri Van den Bergh celebrated a third straight win over Gabriel Clemens on this year’s European Tour, reeling off four straight legs from 4-2 down to prevail with a 103 average and 60 per cent on the doubles.

Ten-time major winner James Wade boosted his hopes of World Matchplay qualification with a whitewash win over Finnish newcomer Teemu Harju, and Ryan Searle now awaits the left-hander in Round Two.

Dom Taylor was the afternoon’s stand-out performer, averaging 102 in his 6-3 success against Jose de Sousa, while Ritchie Edhouse crashed in six 180s en route to defeating Czech qualifier Jiri Brejcha by the same scoreline.

Andrew Gilding produced a skin-saving 164 checkout in the penultimate leg of his comeback victory over Damian Mol, and he will now take on Danny Noppert in a battle of the former UK Open champions.

Brendan Dolan preserved his hopes of World Cup qualification with a battling 6-3 win over Owen Bates, with Dolan’s fellow countryman Mickey Mansell running out a 6-2 winner against a profligate William O’Connor.

Jeffrey de Graaf accounted for Latvia’s Madars Razma to record his first European Tour victory since 2018, while Ryan Meikle squandered six match darts as he surrendered a 4-1 lead at the hands of Luke Woodhouse.

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Dutch Darts Championship 2024 Day One Results

Friday May 24

First Round

Afternoon Session
Dom Taylor 6-3 Jose de Sousa
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Jiri Brejcha
Madars Razma 3-6 Jeffrey de Graaf
Christian Kist 5-6 Marvin van Velzen
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Owen Bates
William O’Connor 2-6 Mickey Mansell
Niels Zonneveld 6-5 Haupai Puha
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Damian Mol

Evening Session
Teemu Harju 0-6 James Wade
Moreno Blom 6-3 Ryan Joyce
Mike De Decker 5-6 Kevin Doets
Joe Cullen 5-6 Jermaine Wattimena
Ryan Meikle 5-6 Luke Woodhouse
Raymond van Barneveld 1-6 Cameron Menzies
Callan Rydz 3-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Gabriel Clemens

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