Delightful Dimitri Van den Bergh claims Dutch Darts Masters crown

Dimitri Van den Bergh stormed to the Dutch Darts Masters title after defeating Dirk van Duijvenbode 8-2 in the final on Saturday.

The Dream Maker, who also triumphed at the Nordic Darts Masters earlier this month, made it back-to-back World Series titles at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.

The former World Matchplay champion dropped just seven legs on the way to claiming the third televised title of his career.

And the second seed sealed the deal in style; hitting six 180s and averaging 104.6 in a dominant win over the Titan.

“I had to be so strong in my mind. I was never playing Dirk; I was playing (the Dutch) support,” he said. “I gave my best and I managed to win.

“The crowd were backing Dirk so much and I understand them.

“I respect him so much; we’ve known each other for a long time.

“The Dream Maker is making his dreams come true.”

Avoiding the carnage of the earlier rounds, Van den Bergh had defeated three home favourites to reach the showpiece in Ron Meulenkamp, Jermaine Wattimena and Danny Noppert.

The Belgian, who hit a top checkout of 170 in the latter, made a flying start by going out in 14, 13 and 15 darts as he opened a commanding 4-0 lead.

World number 14 Van Duijvenbode, who took out 72 to stun James Wade 7-6 in the semi-finals, stopped the rot on double nine in the next after the Dream Maker missed three darts at double 16.

But the second seed regained his authority on proceedings; clinically checking out 72 for a 14-darter, before going out in 13 after nailing double 18 for 6-1.

After the Aubergenius replied, another 13-darter moved Van den Bergh to the brink of victory, which he secured with a ruthless 14-darter in the next leg.

“I just wasn’t good enough,” Van Duijvenbode added. “He played well, but I think I could’ve done better than I did.

“I’m just disappointed that I didn’t play a good game. I felt great, I felt a little bit unlucky some times… it just wasn’t my game.

“I love playing in front of a crowd that’s supporting you so much. I’m disappointed I didn’t win because you want to win it for them.

“This is the last TV tournament before the World Matchplay. Hopefully, I get another gear for that one.”

Dutch Darts Masters 2022 Schedule of Play

Saturday June 25

Quarter-Finals
Martijn Kleermaker 4-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
James Wade 6-4 Maik Kuivenhoven
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Danny Noppert 6-5 Vincent Van der Voort

Semi-Finals
Dirk van Duijvenbode 7-6 James Wade
Dimitri Van den Bergh 7-2 Danny Noppert

Final
Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Dutch Darts Masters 2022 | Day Two Preview and Order of Play

The 2022 Dutch Darts Masters draws to a close on Saturday as the eight remaining hopefuls battle it out for the title in Amsterdam.

A dramatic start to the third World Series event of the season saw six of the eight seeds crash out of the competition on the opening night on Friday.

Six Dutch darters and two former major champions are left standing in the race for the £20,000 title, with the Quarter-Finals, Semis and final all taking place in one blockbuster session.

Dimitri van den Bergh is the only player of the final eight to have previously claimed a regular World Series title, having triumphed earlier this month at the Nordic Masters in Copenhagen.

The Belgian ace is now bidding to go back-to-back and steps up his pursuit with a clash against world number 38 Jermaine Wattimena.

Van den Bergh, quarter-finalist alongside Kim Huybrechts in last week’s World Cup of Darts, was a comfortable 6-2 winner over Ron Meulenkamp in Round One.

Wattimena, meanwhile, produced an inspired display to defeat World Series Finals champion Jonny Clayton 6-5 with the aid of a 122 checkout in his opener.

The former World Grand Prix quarter-finalist has struggled for form and consistency in recent times but now has the opportunity to break new ground by reaching a first televised Semi-Final.

Fourth seed James Wade continues his latest pursuit of a maiden World Series title with a tie against Maik Kuivenhoven – the lowest-ranked player left standing in the competition.

Former World Series Finals winner Wade was a semi-finalist alongside Michael Smith for England in the recent World Cup of Darts and opened up in Amsterdam with a routine 6-2 win over Jeffrey de Zwaan, despite an average of 90.

Kuivenhoven put a struggling Fallon Sherrock to the sword with a dominant 6-1 victory on Friday, and the world number 52 will now look to claim perhaps his biggest win in front of the TV cameras, having already beaten a number of top stars on the floor circuit.

The opening Quarter-Final sees two Dutch power-scorers go head-to-head as Dirk van Duijvenbode takes on Martijn Kleermaker.

Van Duijvenbode, semi-finalist at the World Cup of Darts, picked up from where he left off by dispatching world number one Peter Wright 6-3 with six 180s along the way.

Kleermaker also crashed in six maximums en route to a 6-4 scalp of top seed Michael Smith and now finds himself in a first PDC televised Quarter-Final.

Reigning UK Open champion Danny Noppert resumes his quest for a second televised title of the year with a show-down against crowd favourite Vincent van der Voort.

World number 11 Noppert is producing arguably the most consistent and clinical darts of his career at present and registered the highest average (97.9) of the night in his 6-4 win over Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen in Round One.

The Friesland thrower now comes up against another quick-fire compatriot in Van der Voort – who enjoyed a superb deciding leg scalp of world number two Gerwyn Price on Friday.

The former UK Open finalist averaged 96 as he recovered from 2-0 down to send the crowd into raptures, and is chasing down his first title in eight years.

The action gets under way from 6pm BST, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs, Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15 legs.

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Dutch Darts Masters 2022 Day Two Schedule

All times BST (local time one hour ahead)

Saturday June 25

6pm-10pm

Quarter-Finals
Martijn Kleermaker v Dirk van Duijvenbode
James Wade v Maik Kuivenhoven
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Jermaine Wattimena
Danny Noppert v Vincent Van der Voort

Semi-Finals
Kleermaker/Van Duijvenbode v Wade/Kuivenhoven
Van den Bergh/Wattimena v Noppert/Van der Voort

Final

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Noppert dispatches Van Gerwen as six seeds crash out of the Dutch Darts Masters

Danny Noppert saw off the returning Michael van Gerwen as six seeds were sent packing on the opening night of the 2022 Dutch Darts Masters in Amsterdam on Friday.

The inaugural staging of the World Series event saw six of the eight Dutch representatives prevail at the Ziggo Dome, with UK Open champion Noppert defeating Premier League winner Van Gerwen 6-4 in a high quality show-down.

Van Gerwen, making his first appearance since undergoing wrist surgery last week, fell behind following an extraordinary start, which saw both players averaging above 110 after five legs.

Despite leaving a double after nine darts, Van Gerwen saw Noppert open his account with an 11-dart hold, but the world number three replied with a sublime 141 checkout to level.

Noppert hit back with a 120 checkout, and after landing back-to-back 180s to hold in leg five, the World Cup semi-finalist extended his lead to 4-2 with a 90 checkout on the bullseye.

Van Gerwen restored parity at four apiece with consecutive 72 and 62 finishes, but Noppert stopped the rot via double 12, before following up his sixth 180 with a 14-darter to seal the deal.

“It was a crazy game. The trebles and finishes were going in early on,” said Noppert. “I have so much respect for Michael. He is only just returning from injury, but he played really well.

“I just tried to focus on my own game. Everything is possible if you believe in yourself, and I believe in myself. This was a great start.”

Earlier in the night, Vincent van der Voort raised the roof by knocking out world number two Gerwyn Price in a deciding leg.

Van der Voort rallied from 2-0 down with a trio of 13-darters, and though back-to-back legs from Price appeared to shift the pendulum back in his favour, the home favourite restored parity with a brilliant 102 checkout in leg eight.

Having wrestled back the throw, the former UK Open finalist then posted his fourth 13-darter of the contest to complete the job in the decider.

“I didn’t play particularly well, but that crowd is just amazing,” admitted Van der Voort.

“Any win against Gerwyn Price is special. He is the world number two, he’s one of the best players in the world. I’m very happy.”

Van der Voort puts out Price (Photo by Kelly Deckers/PDC)

World Champion Peter Wright was another big-name casualty of the First Round as the Scot succumbed to Dirk van Duijvenbode in an entertaining affair.

The pair traded 11 maximums in just nine legs, but it was the former World Grand Prix runner-up who ran out a convincing 6-3 winner.

Van Duijvenbode posted seven perfect darts in leg four, before rattling in a delightful 11-darter to close in on victory, eventually wrapping up proceedings with a 96 average and six 180s.

“There were lots of friends and family supporting me, and if you beat the biggest names, you want to do it in front of the people you love,” said Van Duijvenbode, a semi-finalist at last week’s World Cup of Darts.

“I don’t look at my own opponent, I look at my own performance. Peter didn’t play his best game, but I know I can improve.”

Van Duijvenbode will now meet Martijn Kleermaker – who fired in six maximums on his way to a memorable 6-4 win over top seed Michael Smith.

US Masters winner Smith was punished for a slow start, but successive 96 and 80 finishes saw the World Championship runner-up regain the lead.

Kleermaker came roaring back with a majestic ten-darter to level in leg six, before following up a sensational 124 finish on the bull in leg nine with a 78 combination on tops to sink the St Helens star.

“Michael Smith is the best player in the world right now, so to beat him in front of my home crowd is awesome,” reflected Kleermaker, who averaged 96 and missed just two darts at a double.

“This was an amazing game. That 78 finish is probably one of the best 78 checkouts I’ve hit in my life!”

Meanwhile, Jermaine Wattimena produced a superb display of finishing to stun World Series Finals champion Jonny Clayton in a deciding leg.

Finishes of 116, 95 and 122 saw Wattimena recover from a sluggish start to force a final leg, and the Dutchman held his nerve to prevail via double six, sparkling jubilant scenes of celebration.

“I haven’t played well in the last few months, so this is incredible,” admitted Wattimena.

“There was more pressure on me tonight, but the crowd really helped me. I think I played well. I have no words for this. It feels really special.”

Nordic Masters winner Dimitri Van den Bergh began his bid for back-to-back World Series titles with a resounding 6-2 success against Ron Meulenkamp.

The Belgian fired in a classy 118 checkout in leg two, and reeled off the final three legs in 13, 14 and 16 darts to set up a Quarter-Final meeting with Wattimena.

Fourth seed James Wade was the other PDC representative to advance, easing through to the last eight with a 6-2 victory over former World Matchplay semi-finalist Jeffrey de Zwaan.

Ten-time TV title winner Wade capitalised on De Zwaan’s outer ring woes in merciless fashion, drawing first blood with a sublime 125 checkout and winning five of the last six legs to triumph.

The world number five will now play Maik Kuivenhoven on Saturday night after the Dutchman breezed past a struggling Fallon Sherrock 6-1 in his opener.

Saturday will see the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and final played in one unmissable evening session as the remaining eight players battle it out for the £20,000 top prize.

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Dutch Darts Masters 2022 Day One Results

Friday June 24

First Round

Jonny Clayton 5-6 Jermaine Wattimena
Fallon Sherrock 1-6 Maik Kuivenhoven
James Wade 6-2 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Gerwyn Price 5-6 Vincent van der Voort
Michael Smith 4-6 Martijn Kleermaker
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Danny Noppert
Peter Wright 3-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode

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Dutch Darts Masters Betting Tips and Accumulator Predictions

The World Series heads to Amsterdam for the 2022 Dutch Darts Masters, and we’ve picked out our best betting tips for each day.

The third PDC World Series event of the year features eight PDC seeds joined by a further eight Dutch Tour Card holders at the Ziggo Dome from June 24-25.

This will be the first time the Dutch Masters has been held as part of the World Series, as a clutch of the sport’s top stars compete for the £20,000 top prize.

Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen makes a swift return to action less than two weeks after undergoing surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in his throwing arm.

The world number three is be aiming to add a seventh PDC title to his haul this year and a 17th World Series title in total.

US Masters champion Michael Smith is the number one seed, while Nordic Masters winner Dimitri van den Bergh is seeded number two.

World number one Peter Wright, Premier League stars Gerwyn Price, Jonny Clayton and James Wade also feature, as does former World Series event finalist Fallon Sherrock.

UK Open champion Danny Noppert and his recent World Cup team-mate Dirk van Duijvenbode are among the eight Dutch invitees, alongside Vincent van der Voort, Jermaine Wattimena, Martijn Kleermaker, Ron Meulenkamp, Jeffrey de Zwaan and Maik Kuivenhoven.

We’ve picked out our top betting tips for each day’s action below.

Dutch Darts Masters Betting Tips

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Dutch Darts Masters 2022 | Day One Preview and Order of Play

The 2022 Dutch Darts Masters gets under way in Amsterdam on Friday as eight PDC seeds take on eight Dutch Tour Card holders in Round One.

This will be the first time the Dutch Masters has been held as part of the World Series, as a clutch of the sport’s top stars compete for the £20,000 top prize.

Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen makes a swift return to action less than two weeks after undergoing surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in his throwing arm.

The world number three starts his quest for a seventh PDC title of the year and a 17th World Series title in total with a clash against UK Open champion Danny Noppert in one of the stand-out ties of the opening night.

The match signals a repeat of last month’s Austrian Open final, in which Van Gerwen triumphed 8-5, avenging his defeats to Noppert in the International Open and World Grand Prix.

Noppert is enjoying a career-high ranking of 11 and partnered Dirk van Duijvenbode to the Semi-Finals of the World Cup last weekend in the absence of MVG.

Van Duijvenbode also lines up as one of the eight Dutch invitees and has been drawn to face world number one and reigning World Champion Peter Wright.

Van Duijvenbode was one of the stand-out performers at the recent World Cup of Darts, averaging 110.6 in a 4-1 win over Steve Lennon, whilst also producing a stunning 153 checkout on his way to defeating Brendan Dolan.

Wright, meanwhile, has struggled for consistency in recent months, missing out on the Premier League play-offs before seeing his World Cup title defence alongside John Henderson end at the Quarter-Final stage.

Three times a World Series event winner, ‘Snakebite’ was beaten in the Semi-Finals of this year’s US Masters and Quarter-Finals of the Nordic Masters.

Michael Smith comes into the event as the top seed courtesy of his US Masters triumph and subsequent Semi-Final run in Copenhagen, and ‘Bully Boy’ begins his latest campaign against Martijn Kleermaker.

Kleermaker, 31, defeated Simon Whitlock and Joe Cullen en route to the Last 16 of last year’s World Championship and is making his World Series debut.

World number two Gerwyn Price, former World Series Finals winner, starts out against crowd favourite Vincent van der Voort – the world number 28.

Price partnered Jonny Clayton to the final of the World Cup last Sunday, with the Welsh duo denied a second title by Australia’s Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock.

Women’s Series star Fallon Sherrock eyes her second World Series win of the campaign when she takes on world number 52 Maik Kuivenhoven – who has beaten the likes of Price, Van Gerwen, Wright and Wade during his time on the tour.

Nordic Masters champion Dimitri Van den Bergh launches his quest for back-to-back World Series titles with a tie against Dutch left-hander Ron Meulenkamp.

Former Premier League champion Jonny Clayton opens up the evening’s action against former World Grand Prix quarter-finalist Jermaine Wattimena, while world number five James Wade takes on former World Matchplay semi-finalist Jeffrey de Zwaan.

The action gets under way from 6pm BST, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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Dutch Darts Masters 2022 Day One Schedule of Play

All times BST (local time one hour ahead)

Friday June 24

First Round

6pm-10pm
Jonny Clayton v Jermaine Wattimena
Fallon Sherrock v Maik Kuivenhoven
James Wade v Jeffrey de Zwaan
Gerwyn Price v Vincent van der Voort
Michael Smith v Martijn Kleermaker
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Ron Meulenkamp
Michael van Gerwen v Danny Noppert
Peter Wright v Dirk van Duijvenbode

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Dutch Darts Masters 2022 live stream | How to watch live online

The World Series heads to Amsterdam for the 2022 Dutch Darts Masters, and a live stream is available for all matches.

The third PDC World Series event of the year features eight PDC seeds joined by a further eight Dutch Tour Card holders at the Ziggo Dome from June 24-25.

This will be the first time the Dutch Masters has been held as part of the World Series, as a clutch of the sport’s top stars compete for the £20,000 top prize.

Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen makes a swift return to action less than two weeks after undergoing surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in his throwing arm.

The world number three is be aiming to add a seventh PDC title to his haul this year and a 17th World Series title in total.

US Masters champion Michael Smith is the number one seed, while Nordic Masters winner Dimitri van den Bergh is seeded number two.

World number one Peter Wright, Premier League stars Gerwyn Price, Jonny Clayton and James Wade also feature, as does former World Series event finalist Fallon Sherrock.

UK Open champion Danny Noppert and his recent World Cup team-mate Dirk van Duijvenbode are among the eight Dutch invitees, alongside Vincent van der Voort, Jermaine Wattimena, Martijn Kleermaker, Ron Meulenkamp, Jeffrey de Zwaan and Maik Kuivenhoven.

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Dutch Darts Masters 2022 | Draw, Live Scores and Schedule of Play

The World Series heads to Amsterdam for the 2022 Dutch Darts Masters, and you can follow the latest results and schedule of play here.

The third PDC World Series event of the year features eight PDC seeds joined by a further eight Dutch Tour Card holders at the Ziggo Dome from June 24-25.

This will be the first time the Dutch Masters has been held as part of the World Series, as a clutch of the sport’s top stars compete for the £20,000 top prize.

Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen makes a swift return to action less than two weeks after undergoing surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in his throwing arm.

The world number three is be aiming to add a seventh PDC title to his haul this year and a 17th World Series title in total.

US Masters champion Michael Smith is the number one seed, while Nordic Masters winner Dimitri van den Bergh is seeded number two.

World number one Peter Wright, Premier League stars Gerwyn Price, Jonny Clayton and James Wade also feature, as does former World Series event finalist Fallon Sherrock.

UK Open champion Danny Noppert and his recent World Cup team-mate Dirk van Duijvenbode are among the eight Dutch invitees, alongside Vincent van der Voort, Jermaine Wattimena, Martijn Kleermaker, Ron Meulenkamp, Jeffrey de Zwaan and Maik Kuivenhoven.

First Round and Quarter-Final matches are to be contested over the best of 11 legs, with Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15 legs.

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Dutch Darts Masters 2022 Schedule of Play

All times BST (local time one hour ahead)

Friday June 24

First Round

6pm-10pm
Jonny Clayton 5-6 Jermaine Wattimena
Fallon Sherrock 1-6 Maik Kuivenhoven
James Wade 6-2 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Gerwyn Price 5-6 Vincent van der Voort
Michael Smith 4-6 Martijn Kleermaker
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Danny Noppert
Peter Wright 3-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Saturday June 25

6pm-10pm

Quarter-Finals
Martijn Kleermaker 4-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
James Wade 6-4 Maik Kuivenhoven
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Danny Noppert 6-5 Vincent Van der Voort

Semi-Finals
Dirk van Duijvenbode 7-6 James Wade
Dimitri Van den Bergh 7-2 Danny Noppert

Final
Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Dutch Darts Masters Prize Fund

Winner: £20,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Final losers: £5,000
Quarter-Final losers: £2,500
First Round losers: £1,250

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