Michael van Gerwen seals third Euro Tour title of 2022 at the European Open

Michael van Gerwen claimed a third European Tour title of the season at the 2022 European Darts Open in Leverkusen with an 8-5 win over Dimitri Van den Bergh in the final.

Having already triumphed at the German Championship and Austrian Open, Van Gerwen continued his dominance of this year’s European Tour by adding another £25,000 title.

The world number three had seen off Daryl Gurney in his opener on Saturday, and overcame Premier League rival Jonny Clayton in the Last 16 to begin a superb final day at the Ostermann Arena.

He then prevailed in a dramatic decider against Dirk van Duijvenbode, who was punished for squandering seven match darts in the last two legs of their Quarter-Final.

Van Gerwen gained revenge over Luke Humphries in the Semi-Finals for a whitewash defeat to the former World Youth Champion in the recent German Darts Grand Prix, averaging 105 in a 7-2 rout.

He then held off Van den Bergh’s challenge – in the Belgian’s bid for a first European Tour title – to pick up his 35th European Tour title.

Van den Bergh broke throw with a 13-darter in the opening leg, but Van Gerwen replied in kind to level and also added an 11-darter as he moved 3-1 up.

Van den Bergh hit back to level at three-all and responded to a superb 164 checkout from Van Gerwen to take out 80 in leg eight.

Van Gerwen, though, found another gear to pull clear, hitting six perfect darts in a 12-darter in leg nine and then finding double four to move 6-4 up.

Three missed doubles allowed Van den Bergh in to win leg 11, but the Belgian then paid for missing two darts to level the tie as Van Gerwen posted double ten to restore his two-leg lead and double eight to seal the title.

“It was really hard and I’m glad I won,” said Van Gerwen, who averaged 102.5 in the final.

“Dimitri is a phenomenal player, he always pushes me and he’s a good player and a good guy. Sometimes he’s a bit naive but I like him, and I think he’s good for darts.

“The crowd today were phenomenal and I can’t wish for anything more. It’s always amazing in Leverkusen.”

Van den Bergh ended German hopes in the event with a 6-4 win over Martin Schindler in the Last 16, and finished six doubles from seven attempts in a crushing 6-1 Quarter-Final win over Josh Rock.

He was then given a bye into his first European Tour final after James Wade withdrew ahead of their Semi-Final through illness.

Wade had produced some superb form throughout the weekend, and defeated Jose de Sousa and Ryan Searle on Sunday.

Wade had felt unwell following his win over Searle, and after being attended to by medics in the venue, he was advised not to continue.

Humphries overcame Brendan Dolan in the Last 16 and then averaged almost 108 to see off Nathan Aspinall, before an imperious MVG ended his bid for a second European Tour title of the year.

Northern Irish prospect Rock saw off Scott Williams to reach his first European Tour Quarter-Final, ending another impressive weekend.

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European Darts Open 2022 – Day Three Results

Sunday May 8

Third Round

Afternoon Session
Gerwyn Price 5-6 Nathan Aspinall
Luke Humphries 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Joe Cullen 3-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Scott Williams 2-6 Josh Rock
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Martin Schindler
Jose De Sousa 4-6 James Wade
Ryan Searle 6-5 Dave Chisnall

Evening Session

Quarter-Finals
Nathan Aspinall 3-6 Luke Humphries
Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-6 Michael van Gerwen
Josh Rock 1-6 Dimitri van den Bergh
James Wade 6-5 Ryan Searle

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Luke Humphries
Dimitri van den Bergh w/o James Wade (Wade withdraws through illness)

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Dimitri van den Bergh

European Darts Open 2022 | Day Three Preview and Order of Play

The fifth European Tour silverware of the season is up for grabs in Leverkusen on Sunday as the final 16 vie for European Darts Open glory.

Twelve of the top 16 seeds are left standing at the Ostermann Arena, as well as a quartet of in-form qualifiers bidding to capture the £25,000 top prize.

The afternoon session plays host to the Third Round ties, before the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and final take place in the evening.

The stand-out match of the Last 16 features a repeat of Thursday’s Premier League Night 13 final between Jonny Clayton and Michael van Gerwen.

Clayton came out on top 6-3 in Glasgow and will be eyeing a repeat performance as he bids to remain on course for a first Euro Tour title since 2018.

The Welshman, who swept aside Rowby-John Rodriguez in his opener on Saturday, comes up against the dominant force on the Euro Tour, with Van Gerwen having racked up a staggering 34 titles over the past decade.

Austrian Open champion a week ago, MVG is targeting his third European Tour title from five events so far this term and began in emphatic fashion with a 113.8 average in defeating Daryl Gurney 6-3.

The opening match of the afternoon sees world number two Gerwyn Price take on former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall.

Price is looking to add this title to his International Open success in February as he continues his recovery from a hand injury which has hampered his progress in the Premier League of late.

Aspinall, four times a winner on the ProTour, is chasing down a maiden Euro Tour crown and began with a 6-2 win over Czech qualifier Karel Sedlacek on Saturday.

Joe Cullen, twice a European Tour winner, faces an explosive clash with recent ProTour event winner Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Cullen swept aside his close friend Devon Petersen 6-1 on Saturday, while Van Duijvenbode overcame Dutch compatriot Maik Kuivenhoven by the same scoreline.

Luke Humphries is looking to add this title to his German Darts Grand Prix crown last month and comes up against ninth seed Brendan Dolan in the Last 16.

Dolan averaged 103.6 in a 6-0 whitewash of Andrew Gilding in Round Two, while Humphries saw off Darren Penhall 6-2 with an impressive 99.6 average.

Two players entering uncharted territory go head-to-head as Scott Williams takes on Josh Rock for a place in the Quarter-Finals of a Euro Tour event for the first time.

Challenge Tour leader Williams, an Associate Member qualifier, has enjoyed a dream debut this weekend, knocking out Adam Gawlas and world number one Peter Wright.

Northern Irish youngster Rock, meanwhile, has continued his superb start to life on the PDC circuit, whitewashing Connor Scutt before thrashing Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 with a 101.7 average.

Premier League star James Wade, who averaged 102.2 in his 6-1 rout of Berry van Peer on Saturday, now comes up against last year’s Premier League runner-up – Jose de Sousa.

World number nine Dimitri Van den Bergh aims to spoil the party in Leverkusen by ending the hopes of German ace Martin Schindler – who knocked out European Champion Rob Cross in Round Two.

Top 16 stars Dave Chisnall and Ryan Searle also go head-to-head, having both averaged above 100 in their victories on Saturday over Damon Heta and Krzysztof Kciuk respectively.

The action gets under way from 12pm BST, with Third Round and Quarter-Final ties to be contested over the best of 11 legs, Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15.

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European Darts Open 2022 – Day Three Schedule of Play

All times BST (Local time one hour ahead)

Sunday May 8

Third Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Gerwyn Price v Nathan Aspinall
Luke Humphries v Brendan Dolan
Joe Cullen v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Michael van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton
Scott Williams v Josh Rock
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Martin Schindler
Jose De Sousa v James Wade
Ryan Searle v Dave Chisnall

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

Quarter-Finals
Price/Aspinall v Humphries/Dolan
Cullen/Van Duijvenbode v Van Gerwen/Clayton
Williams/Rock v Van den Bergh/Schindler
De Sousa/Wade v Searle/Chisnall

Semi-Finals

Final

Scott Williams stuns Peter Wright at the European Darts Open as Schindler sees off Cross

Scott Williams continued his dream European Tour debut with a 6-4 scalp of Peter Wright in the Second Round of the 2022 European Darts Open in Leverkusen on Saturday.

Associate Member qualifier Williams pulled off the biggest win of his career by knocking out the world number one to progress to the Last 16.

Wright established a 2-1 lead, but a total of 15 missed doubles allowed Challenge Tour Order of Merit leader Williams in to condemn the World Champion to a third consecutive Second Round exit on the European Tour.

“That wasn’t the Peter we all know, he missed too many darts at doubles, he didn’t score like he could but I won,” said Williams.

“I’m really looking forward to it, regardless of what happens. I’m a Challenge Tour player, not a professional technically, so just to be here for the whole weekend is fantastic. I’m enjoying myself.”

Williams will now face fellow emerging star Josh Rock in Sunday’s Third Round after the Northern Irishman averaged 101.7 in a 6-2 victory over Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski.

Michael van Gerwen began his quest for a fifth European Open title with a scintillating display to defeat Daryl Gurney 6-3.

The Dutchman averaged a stunning 113.8, missing double 12 for a nine-darter in the process, as he stormed into the Last 16 and launched his pursuit of a third Euro Tour title of the season in style.

Gurney played his part as he shared the opening six legs, and he had a chance to win the seventh despite Van Gerwen’s narrow miss for a perfect leg.

However, the Northern Irishman wired double 14 for a 121 checkout to allow Van Gerwen back in to complete a ten-darter, and the Dutchman ruthlessly closed out the victory in the next two legs.

“Daryl pushed me in the beginning of the game,” said Van Gerwen. “I missed a few darts here and there and that puts you under pressure. I still had a couple of really good legs.

“To be playing back here in Leverkusen is always good. I also want to do well because I think the crowd here deserve it and I need to make sure I keep my focus going. I feel good but tomorrow is another day.”

Van Gerwen will now take on current Premier League leader Jonny Clayton in Sunday afternoon’s Third Round after the Welshman dispatched Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-2 with a brace of 121 finishes in a dominant display.

Top seed Gerwyn Price was made to work hard against Luke Woodhouse, coming from 2-1 down to claim a 6-4 victory – although the qualifier had taken out 132 as he cut the gap from 5-2 to just one leg in the latter stages.

Price now takes on Nathan Aspinall in Round Three after the former UK Open champion closed out a 6-2 win over Karel Sedlacek with a superb 160 checkout.

Brendan Dolan produced an outstanding performance in a 6-0 whitewash of Andrew Gilding, landing four 13-darters and a 14-darter as he averaged almost 104.

Dolan now meets Luke Humphries after April’s German Grand Prix winner averaged 99.6 in a 6-2 win over Darren Penhall to safely reach the Last 16.

Joe Cullen and Dirk van Duijvenbode will collide in Round Three after both enjoyed rampant 6-1 wins on Saturday, seeing off Devon Petersen and Maik Kuivenhoven respectively.

Premier League star James Wade finished six from ten on the doubles and averaged 102.2 in a 6-1 rout of Berry van Peer to set up a meeting with Jose de Sousa – who edged out Sweden’s Dennis Nilsson in a tense deciding leg.

Ryan Searle impressed with a 102.6 average in his 6-2 win over Krzysztof Kciuk and now plays Dave Chisnall – who came from 4-3 down against Damon Heta before sealing a 6-4 success with a 146 checkout.

Germany’s Martin Schindler delighted the Leverkusen crowd with a 6-4 win over European Champion Rob Cross, taking out 154 and landing an 11-darter to move into the Last 16.

Schindler now meets Dimitri Van den Bergh – who enjoyed a 6-1 win over Cameron Menzies as he booked his spot in the final day of action.

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European Darts Open 2022 – Day Two Results

Saturday May 7

Second Round

Afternoon Session
Josh Rock 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
Jose de Sousa 6-5 Dennis Nilsson
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Maik Kuivenhoven
Brendan Dolan 6-0 Andrew Gilding
Ryan Searle 6-2 Krzysztof Kciuk
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Cameron Menzies
James Wade 6-1 Berry van Peer
Joe Cullen 6-1 Devon Petersen

Evening Session
Luke Humphries 6-2 Darren Penhall
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Karel Sedlacek
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright 4-6 Scott Williams
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Rob Cross 4-6 Martin Schindler
Damon Heta 4-6 Dave Chisnall

European Darts Open 2022 | Day Two Preview and Order of Play

The top 16 seeds commence their European Darts Open campaigns in Leverkusen on Saturday as the Second Round action takes centre stage.

The fifth European Tour event of the season features 47 players battling it out for £140,000 in prize money, with 16 qualifiers having progressed through Friday’s opening round to set up a meeting with one of the 16 seeded stars.

One of the stand-out ties of Round Two at the Ostermann Arena sees Michael van Gerwen, twice a European Tour event winner this season, take on former German Championship winner Daryl Gurney.

Van Gerwen collected his 34th Euro Tour title at the Austrian Open in Graz last weekend and has won half of the events on the continent so far this year, but faces a tricky opener against the multiple major champion.

Gurney took out 78 in the deciding leg to edge past Northern Irish compatriot Kevin Burness in Round One and is looking to climb back up the rankings after dropping to world number 23.

Meanwhile, world number one Peter Wright aims to address a patchy recent run of form by challenging for glory this weekend, but faces a tricky opening test against three-time Challenge Tour event winner Scott Williams.

Wright was beaten 6-3 by Callan Rydz in Graz last weekend before suffering a Quarter-Final exit to Gary Anderson in the Premier League in Glasgow on Thursday.

Williams held his nerve to defeat Czech star Adam Gawlas in a deciding leg on Friday with six 180s and a 98 average to his name.

Gerwyn Price starts his quest for a second Euro Tour title of the season with a clash against in-form Luke Woodhouse.

Price picked up the International Open title in February but opted to skip last week’s Austrian Open and has seen his Premier League play-off push dealt a major blow courtesy of just two wins in his last seven outings.

Woodhouse registered a personal best average of 110 in a 6-0 whitewash of Mickey Mansell on Friday afternoon and is now eyeing what would be his biggest result on the Euro Tour to date.

Home hopes rest on the shoulders on Martin Schindler, and the in-form youngster looks to delight a bumper Leverkusen crowd by overcoming two-time European Champion Rob Cross.

Reigning Premier League champion and runaway league leader Jonny Clayton aims to pick up from where he left off in Glasgow 48 hours ago when he faces Austrian ace Rowby-John Rodriguez.

Multiple ranking event winner Damon Heta opens up against two-time Euro Tour event winner Dave Chisnall – who knocked out Gabriel Clemens in Round One.

The evening session also features a tie between recent German Grand Prix champion Luke Humphries and Associate Member qualifier Darren Penhall – who averaged 100 in a 6-0 rout of Luc Peters on Day One.

Nathan Aspinall, semi-finalist in Graz a week ago, opens up against Czech star Karel Sedlacek – who received a bye in Round One following the withdrawal of Danny Baggish.

The afternoon session kicks off with a contest between former Gibraltar Trophy winner Krzysztof Ratajski and new sensation Josh Rock – who whitewashed Connor Scutt in Round One with a 98 average.

Third seed Jose de Sousa looks to arrest a recent slump in form when he faces Sweden’s Dennis Nilsson – conqueror of Martin Lukeman in Round One.

Dirk van Duijvenbode, a winner on the ProTour this season, starts out against Dutch compatriot Maik Kuivenhoven, while former World Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan faces recent ProTour event finalist Andrew Gilding.

Players Championship Finals runner-up Ryan Searle takes on Poland’s Krzysztof Kciuk – who overcame Keane Barry on Friday, while ten-time major winner James Wade looks to continue his sublime spell of form when he plays former World Youth finalist Berry van Peer.

Joe Cullen and Devon Petersen will put their close friendship to one side when they lock horns on the big stage, while Dimitri Van den Bergh aims to kick-start a resurgence in results when he meets recent Lakeside semi-finalist Cameron Menzies – who defeated Ian White on Friday.

The action gets under way from 12pm BST, with Second Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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European Darts Open 2022 – Day Two Schedule of Play

All times BST (Local time one hour ahead)

Saturday May 7

Second Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Krzysztof Ratajski v Josh Rock
Jose de Sousa v Dennis Nilsson
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Maik Kuivenhoven
Brendan Dolan v Andrew Gilding
Ryan Searle v Krzysztof Kciuk
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Cameron Menzies
James Wade v Berry van Peer
Joe Cullen v Devon Petersen

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Luke Humphries v Darren Penhall
Nathan Aspinall v Karel Sedlacek
Gerwyn Price v Luke Woodhouse
Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright v Scott Williams
Jonny Clayton v Rowby-John Rodriguez
Rob Cross v Martin Schindler
Damon Heta v Dave Chisnall

Woodhouse, Rock and Penhall enjoy opening day whitewash wins at the European Darts Open

Luke Woodhouse, Josh Rock and Darren Penhall each enjoyed whitewash wins in Round One of the 2022 European Darts Open in Leverkusen on Friday.

Woodhouse produced a personal record average of 109.98 in an empathic 6-0 rout of Mickey Mansell in the stand-out performance of the opening day at the Ostermann Arena.

Woodhouse finished six doubles from seven attempts in a dominant display, limiting Mansell to just two darts at a double as he set up a Second Round tie with top seed Gerwyn Price on Saturday.

“I felt really good,” said Woodhouse. “Practice didn’t go so well, but I felt really comfortable up on the stage and the crowd was amazing – it went really well.

“Obviously Gezzy is an unbelievable player so I’m going to have to perform like that tomorrow then you never know.

“I’ve got all the respect in the world for Gezzy so we’ll see what happens.”

Penhall was another whitewash winner, with Luc Peters being afforded only one dart at a double in their tie as a 100 average set up the Englishman for a meeting with recent German Darts Grand Prix winner Luke Humphries.

Northern Irish youngster Rock powered past Connor Scutt 6-0 to continue his blistering spell of form, and will now face Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski in Round Two.

German Darts Grand Prix runner-up Martin Lukeman saw his hopes of another strong run on the European Tour ended with a 6-3 loss to Dennis Nilsson, with the Swedish qualifier now set to face Jose de Sousa.

Daryl Gurney took out 78 in the deciding leg of his tie with fellow Northern Irishman Kevin Burness as he moved through to meet Michael van Gerwen on Day Two.

Scott Williams will meet World Champion Peter Wright on Saturday after recovering from 5-4 down to defeat Czech Republic youngster Adam Gawlas 6-5.

Germany’s Martin Schindler delighted the Leverkusen crowd with a clinical 6-2 win over Ritchie Edhouse, finishing six doubles from 11 attempts, and he now plays reigning European Champion Rob Cross.

Top-ranked German Gabriel Clemens was eliminated with a 6-3 loss to Dave Chisnall – who booked a tasty second round clash with Damon Heta.

Young German Nico Kurz was defeated 6-4 by Rowby-John Rodriguez as the Austrian set up a tie with Premier League leader Jonny Clayton on Saturday night.

Berry van Peer came from 4-2 down to defeat Jermaine Wattimena 6-4, punishing 21 missed doubles from his fellow Dutchman to move into the last 32, where he plays Premier League star James Wade.

Cameron Menzies pulled clear from two-all to defeat Ian White 6-3 in their tie, sealing a second round meeting with Dimitri Van den Bergh with a superb 156 checkout.

Devon Petersen came from 5-4 down to win a deciding leg against youngster Kevin Doets, setting up the South African for a second round tie against former housemate Joe Cullen – the 2022 Masters champion.

Krzysztof Kciuk punished 13 missed darts at doubles from Keane Barry as he set up a Second Round clash with Ryan Searle courtesy of a 6-3 victory, taking out 133 along the way.

Maik Kuivenhoven survived four missed match darts from Stephen Bunting in the deciding leg of their tie as he set up an all-Dutch contest with Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Andrew Gilding came from 2-0 down to defeat Lukas Wenig 6-3 to move through to a tie with Brendan Dolan, stringing together five legs of between 12-15 darts in the process.

With America’s Danny Baggish having withdrawn for personal reasons, Karel Sedlacek will take on Nathan Aspinall in round two after receiving a bye.

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European Darts Open 2022 – Day One Results

Friday May 6

First Round

Afternoon Session
Mickey Mansell 0-6 Luke Woodhouse
Darren Penhall 6-0 Luc Peters
Dennis Nilsson 6-3 Martin Lukeman
Josh Rock 6-0 Connor Scutt
Adam Gawlas 5-6 Scott Williams
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-3 Keane Barry
Andrew Gilding 6-3 Lukas Wenig

Evening Session
Devon Petersen 6-5 Kevin Doets
Stephen Bunting 5-6 Maik Kuivenhoven
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Kevin Burness
Berry van Peer 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Cameron Menzies 6-3 Ian White
Martin Schindler 6-2 Ritchie Edhouse
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Nico Kurz
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
Karel Sedlacek (Bye)

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The fifth of 13 European Tour events this season features 47 players battling it out for £140,000 in prize money at the Ostermann Arena from May 6-8.

The top 16 players from the ProTour Order of Merit (as of March 16) are seeded and enter at the Second Round stage, while 32 qualifiers battle it out for the right to join them.

The 32 unseeded players are made up of 23 Tour Card Holder Qualifiers, two Associate Member Qualifiers, two Host Nation Qualifiers, the top two highest ranked Germans, one Nordic & Baltic Qualifier and one East European Qualifier.

Gerwyn Price is the number one seed, ahead of Peter Wright, Jose de Sousa, Joe Cullen and Michael van Gerwen.

Van Gerwen is eyeing is third Euro Tour title of the year and is joined by fellow Premier League stars Jonny Clayton and James Wade, as well as the likes of Ryan Searle, Rob Cross and recent German Darts Grand Prix winner – Luke Humphries.

Tour Card holder qualifiers include Dave Chisnall, Daryl Gurney, Stephen Bunting, Keane Barry and Josh Rock.

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European Darts Open 2022 | Day One Preview and Order of Play

The 2022 European Darts Open gets under way in Leverkusen on Friday as the 32 qualifiers battle it out in Round One.

The fifth of 13 European Tour events this season features 47 players battling it out for £140,000 in prize money at the Ostermann Arena from May 6-8.

The top 16 players from the ProTour Order of Merit (as of March 16) are seeded and enter at the Second Round stage on Saturday, while 32 qualifiers battle it out for the right to join them.

With Danny Baggish having withdrawn for personal reasons and Karel Sedlacek subsequently receiving a bye, the afternoon session features seven matches, kicking off with former ProTour event winner Mickey Mansell versus Luke Woodhouse.

Martin Lukeman, runner-up in the German Darts Grand Prix last month, aims to kick-start another memorable Euro Tour campaign by overcoming Swedish qualifier Dennis Nilsson.

Former World Youth finalist Adam Gawlas faces a tough opener against Associate Member qualifier Scott Williams – a three-time Challenge Tour event winner in 2022.

Emerging Northern Irish star Josh Rock, who was beaten by Rob Cross on his Euro Tour debut last weekend, returns to face fellow young gun Connor Scutt – who also came through Qualifying School to claim a Tour Card in January.

UK Open semi-finalist Keane Barry opens up against Polish number two Krzysztof Kciuk, while Players Championship Nine finalist Andrew Gilding takes on German qualifier Lukas Wenig.

Associate Member qualifier Darren Penhall faces Dutch youngster Luc Peters, while the evening session commences with a tie between former Euro Tour event winner Devon Petersen and Dutch talent Kevin Doets.

Arguably the stand-out tie of the evening sees two-time Euro Tour event winner Dave Chisnall take on German number one Gabriel Clemens.

Ian White aims to bounce back from last week’s shock First Round defeat to Patrik Gosnak when he faces WDF World Championship semi-finalist Cameron Menzies.

World number 20 Stephen Bunting faces a tricky opener against Dutch giant-killer Maik Kuivenhoven, while home hero Martin Schindler looks to continue his blistering spell of form when he meets Ritchie Edhouse.

Two-time major winner Daryl Gurney returns to Euro Tour action to face fellow Northern Irishman Kevin Burness as they face off for the right to take on Michael van Gerwen in the Second Round.

Austrian ace Rowby-John Rodriguez starts out against Host Nation qualifier Nico Kurz, as Berry van Peer and Jermaine Wattimena go head-to-head in an all-Dutch show-down.

The action gets under way from 12pm BST, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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European Darts Open 2022 – Day One Schedule of Play

All times BST (Local time one hour ahead)

Friday May 6

First Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Mickey Mansell v Luke Woodhouse
Darren Penhall v Luc Peters
Dennis Nilsson v Martin Lukeman
Josh Rock v Connor Scutt
Adam Gawlas v Scott Williams
Krzysztof Kciuk v Keane Barry
Andrew Gilding v Lukas Wenig

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Devon Petersen v Kevin Doets
Stephen Bunting v Maik Kuivenhoven
Daryl Gurney v Kevin Burness
Berry van Peer v Jermaine Wattimena
Cameron Menzies v Ian White
Martin Schindler v Ritchie Edhouse
Rowby-John Rodriguez v Nico Kurz
Dave Chisnall v Gabriel Clemens

European Darts Open 2022 | Draw, Live Scores and Schedule of Play

The 2022 European Darts Open takes place in Leverkusen, and you can follow the latest results and schedule of play here.

The fifth of 13 European Tour events this season features 47 players battling it out for £140,000 in prize money at the Ostermann Arena from May 6-8.

The top 16 players from the ProTour Order of Merit (as of March 16) are seeded and enter at the Second Round stage, while 32 qualifiers battle it out for the right to join them.

The 32 unseeded players are made up of 23 Tour Card Holder Qualifiers, two Associate Member Qualifiers, two Host Nation Qualifiers, the top two highest ranked Germans, one Nordic & Baltic Qualifier and one East European Qualifier.

Gerwyn Price is the number one seed, ahead of Peter Wright, Jose de Sousa, Joe Cullen and Michael van Gerwen.

Van Gerwen is eyeing is third Euro Tour title of the year and is joined by fellow Premier League stars Jonny Clayton and James Wade, as well as the likes of Ryan Searle, Rob Cross and recent German Darts Grand Prix winner – Luke Humphries.

Tour Card holder qualifiers include Dave Chisnall, Daryl Gurney, Stephen Bunting, Keane Barry and Josh Rock.

Danny Baggish has withdrawn from the event for personal reasons, meaning Karel Sedlacek receives a bye into the Second Round.

All matches up to and including the Quarter-Finals are to be contested over the best of 11 legs, with Semi-Finals best of 13 and the final best of 15.

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European Darts Open 2022 Schedule of Play

All times BST (Local time one hour ahead)

Friday May 6

First Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Mickey Mansell 0-6 Luke Woodhouse
Darren Penhall 6-0 Luc Peters
Dennis Nilsson 6-3 Martin Lukeman
Josh Rock 6-0 Connor Scutt
Adam Gawlas 5-6 Scott Williams
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-3 Keane Barry
Andrew Gilding 6-3 Lukas Wenig

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Devon Petersen 6-5 Kevin Doets
Stephen Bunting 5-6 Maik Kuivenhoven
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Kevin Burness
Berry van Peer 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Cameron Menzies 6-3 Ian White
Martin Schindler 6-2 Ritchie Edhouse
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Nico Kurz
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
Karel Sedlacek (Bye)

Saturday May 7

Second Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Josh Rock 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
Jose de Sousa 6-5 Dennis Nilsson
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Maik Kuivenhoven
Brendan Dolan 6-0 Andrew Gilding
Ryan Searle 6-2 Krzysztof Kciuk
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Cameron Menzies
James Wade 6-1 Berry van Peer
Joe Cullen 6-1 Devon Petersen

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Luke Humphries 6-2 Darren Penhall
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Karel Sedlacek
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright 4-6 Scott Williams
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Rob Cross 4-6 Martin Schindler
Damon Heta 4-6 Dave Chisnall

Sunday May 8

Third Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Gerwyn Price 5-6 Nathan Aspinall
Luke Humphries 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Joe Cullen 3-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Scott Williams 2-6 Josh Rock
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Martin Schindler
Jose De Sousa 4-6 James Wade
Ryan Searle 6-5 Dave Chisnall

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

Quarter-Finals
Nathan Aspinall 3-6 Luke Humphries
Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-6 Michael van Gerwen
Josh Rock 1-6 Dimitri van den Bergh
James Wade 6-5 Ryan Searle

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Luke Humphries
Dimitri van den Bergh w/o James Wade (Wade withdraws through illness)

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Dimitri van den Bergh

Prize Fund
Winner: £25,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Final losers: £6,500
Quarter-Final losers: £5,000
Last 16 losers: £3,000
Second Round losers: £2,000
First Round losers: £1,000
Total: £140,000