Gerwyn Price v Dirk van Duijvenbode: World Grand Prix 2020 final preview – Ice Man and Titan collide for the title

World number three Gerwyn Price and rank outsider Dirk van Duijvenbode will do battle for the right to become World Grand Prix champion for the first time in Coventry on Monday.

The duo stand on the brink of a place in the history books as they bid to become only the eighth different player to lift this prestigious trophy since the tournament began in 1998.

A David vs Goliath clash sees three-time televised title winner Price up against a player who had never been beyond the Last 32 stage of a TV tournament prior to his trip to Coventry.

Price has banished his previously poor record in this unique event by surpassing the Quarter-Finals for the first time, with the temporary new venue providing a change of fortunes for the Welshman.

The reigning Grand Slam and World Series Finals champion is appearing in his third televised final of the season, having swept through the bottom half of the draw.

Price dropped just one set en route to the Semis, seeing off Jermaine Wattimena, Kim Huybrechts and Jeffrey de Zwaan without breaking sweat.

However, he was then offered a huge reprieve by Dave Chisnall in an enthralling Semi-Final on Sunday, surviving three match darts to prevail in a sudden death leg.

That result is likely to banish any hint of complacency ahead of this final as ‘The Ice Man’ aims to become the first Welsh winner of the World Grand Prix and move into the world number two spot in the process.

Van Duijvenbode, meanwhile, has enjoyed a spectacular Boylesports World Grand Prix debut, storming into his first major final just nine months after regaining a Tour Card at Qualifying School.

An aubergine farmer by day, Van Duijvenbode kick-started his run with a scrappy 2-1 win over Mensur Suljovic but has not looked back since, defeating both Dimitri van den Bergh and Gary Anderson 3-1 with superb displays.

He then overcame Simon Whitlock 4-1 to become the first debutant to reach the final since the event’s inaugural staging 22 years ago.

The 28-year-old is now assured of a place in next month’s Grand Slam, and having started the tournament as world number 73, would climb to 36th if he were to take the title.

His head-to-head record against Price, however, makes for grim ready, having lost all ten of their previous competitive meetings since 2016.

They include two ranking Semi-Finals this season, both by 7-4 scorelines, and a 10-6 defeat in the Last 32 of the 2018 UK Open – their only previous televised encounter.

The final gets underway from 8pm BST and will be contested over the best of nine sets.

All Sets are the best of five legs and there will be no tie-break in any Set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.

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Player’s View:

Price: “It’s his first final and I think he’s going to be under a lot more pressure than I am.

“I think I can go on and win it but I’ve got to work hard, hit my doubles and produce my scoring.

“Hopefully I can be a little bit better and pick up that trophy.”

Van Duijvenbode: “I’ve always said that I’m not thinking about winning the tournament, but if I win my next game then I will do.

“I was supposed to be working again on Monday, so I’ll have to call my boss. I’ll still have to work on Tuesday but I enjoy working.

“He said to me after I beat Gary Anderson that he was in tears. It feels so awesome if people enjoy it so much when I win.”

 

World Grand Prix 2020 Day Six preview and order of play: Final four clash in Coventry

The 2020 Boylesports World Grand Prix enters the Semi-Final stage in Coventry on Sunday as the final four aim to move a step closer to double-start glory.

A new name is now guaranteed on the prestigious trophy to join only seven different previous winners since the event began in 1998.

Only one seed remains standing at the Ricoh Arena alongside two former Grand Prix finalists and a debutant in dreamland.

The opening Semi-Final on Sunday evening sees 2017 runner-up Simon Whitlock take on emerging Dutch star Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Whitlock has grasped his unexpected opportunity with both hands this week, defeating Chris Dobey with a 101 average before coming through a 25-leg marathon to edge out Mervyn King 3-2.

A late replacement for Adrian Lewis, Whitlock then went on to thrash defending champion Michael van Gerwen 3-0 with a 100.3 average in what he described as his “best ever” performance on television.

The Australian ace is now back among the world’s top 16 and is bidding to remain on course for a first major title since the 2012 European Championship.

Van Duijvenbode, meanwhile has broken new ground on his Boylesports World Grand Prix debut, storming into his first major Semi-Final just nine months after regaining a Tour Card at Qualifying School.

An aubergine farmer by day, Van Duijvenbode kick-started his run with a scrappy 2-1 win over Mensur Suljovic but has not looked back since, defeating both Dimitri van den Bergh and Gary Anderson 3-1 with superb displays.

The 28-year-old has already broken into the world’s top 64 as a result of his exploits this week but will be determined to ensure his efforts do not fall agonisingly short.

Whitlock won their first meeting 10-6 at the 2017 UK Open, though Van Duijvenbode has won both of their subsequent encounters on the ProTour.

The second Semi-Final sees world number three Gerwyn Price take on two-time World Grand Prix finalist Dave Chisnall.

Gerwyn Price reacts (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Price has banished his previously poor record in this unique event to reach the Last Four for the first time, with the temporary new venue providing a change of fortunes for the Welshman.

The reigning Grand Slam and World Series Finals champion is now appearing in his sixth Semi-Final in his last seven major ranking tournaments and has swept through his section of the draw so far.

Price has dropped just one set en route to the Semis, seeing off Jermaine Wattimena, Kim Huybrechts and Jeffrey de Zwaan without breaking sweat.

However, he will be poised for a much tougher test against a player with fine pedigree in this competition – who defeated him 2-1 in the opening round 12 months ago.

Chisnall is aiming to reach his second successive World Grand Prix final and a third since 2013 as he continues to hunt down that elusive maiden major title.

The St Helens star has had an incredible pathway to this stage, having twice recovered from two sets down in the last two nights to edge through.

After a blistering straight sets win over Glen Durrant with a 102.8 average in Round One, Chizzy then survived seven match darts from Ryan Joyce to prevail 3-2 before coming from two down again to deny Joe Cullen in a deciding leg on Saturday.

Price has won five of his last six televised Semi-Finals, while Chisnall is looking to become only the fourth different player to have reached the World Grand Prix final on three or more occasions.

The action gets underway from 7pm BST, with Semi-Final matches to be contested over the best of seven sets.

All Sets are the best of five legs and there will be no tie-break in any Set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.

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BoyleSports World Grand Prix 2020 Schedule of Play

Sunday October 11

Semi-Finals

7.15pm Simon Whitlock v Dirk van Duijvenbode
8.45pm Dave Chisnall v Gerwyn Price

Whitlock blitzes Van Gerwen at the World Grand Prix as Van Duijvenbode stuns Anderson

Simon Whitlock produced a scintillating display to dethrone Michael van Gerwen at the World Grand Prix on Saturday, as Dirk van Duijvenbode stunned Gary Anderson to reach his first major Semi-Final.

Whitlock, who had knocked Van Gerwen out of the World Matchplay in July, turned on the style again to send home the world number one after an emphatic straight sets victory.

The Australian averaged 100.29 in the double-start format to end Van Gerwen’s two-year reign as Boylesports World Grand Prix champion at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

Whitlock hit 11 starting doubles from 16 attempts in the contest and finished nine from 17 in a ruthless display as he dropped just two legs.

The 2017 finalist took out 107 to punish two missed doubles from Van Gerwen in the game’s second leg and went on to win the first set 3-1 with a 12-darter.

He finished 100 with two double tops to open set two, which he won without reply with legs of 15, 14 and 14 darts, before powering through the third 3-1 to seal an impressive victory.

The 2012 European Champion had been a late replacement for Adrian Lewis on Tuesday, but is now just two wins away from claiming the £110,000 title after a memorable display.

“I think it’s one of my best performances and I’m delighted to be showing people what I can do,” said Whitlock. “I was relentless and I didn’t let up, and I put Michael under pressure in every single leg.

“It was pretty flawless and there weren’t many bad darts there. I’m still on a free-roll but I’m good in this format and I showed my true potential tonight – 90 percent of my practice is doubles so it doesn’t surprise me.

“Michael’s the best player on the planet and he’s number one in the world for a reason. I beat him at the World Matchplay when he wasn’t at his best but I thought he played well today and I was that little bit better.

“There’s no pressure on me. I’m on a freeroll and I’m taking my chances, and I feel amazing.”

Whitlock will now take on Dutchman Van Duijvenbode for a place in Monday’s final, with the winner of their last four clash also set to qualify for November’s Grand Slam of Darts.

“It’s a great opportunity for both of us,” added Whitlock. “Dirk’s played some great darts to get through so far and I’m definitely not taking him lightly.

“He’s just beaten one of the best players in the world, Gary Anderson, so I’ve got to put him under pressure too and play the best I can against him. I think we will have a great game.

“I’ve been in the final before and I’m just going to give everything. I know I can beat any player on my day – I feel as good as anybody, I’m playing probably as well as I ever have.”

Debutant Van Duijvenbode secured a place in his first televised Semi-Final by knocking out two-time World Champion Anderson 3-1 with a nerveless display.

The Dutchman edged the first set with a 96 finish in the deciding leg, before trading 13-darters with Anderson as he took the second 3-1 to double his lead.

Van Duijvenbode then moved 2-0 up in the third, but Anderson took out 97 to save the tie before punishing a missed match dart in the set’s decider to keep his hopes alive.

Van Duijvenbode, though, produced legs of 14 and 13 darts to move ahead in set four, with Anderson taking the third but unable to prevent his rival landing tops to seal a memorable victory.

“It’s the best win of my career, I’m so happy,” said the 28-year-old, who has also defeated Mensur Suljovic and Dimitri Van den Bergh this week.

“It feels awesome for me and I can’t believe it that I’m in the semi-finals.

“I was the underdog against Mensur and Dimitri but I didn’t have the feeling that I could beat Gary because I’ve always been a big fan of his and I’ve never believed I could beat him before.

“I was very nervous when I went 2-0 up because I’ve never beaten Gary before but I kept believing in myself.

“Every time I progress I feel better and tonight I felt like I played my normal game. It wasn’t my best game but I played well and Gary wasn’t at his best.”

Sunday’s second Semi-Final will see world number three Gerwyn Price take on two-time World Grand Prix finalist Dave Chisnall.

Price is now the only seed remaining in the tournament following his 3-1 win over Jeffrey de Zwaan, with the Welsh ace having only dropped one set so far.

He took the opening set against the Dutchman 3-0 and edged the second in a deciding leg before De Zwaan posted a 100 finish as he took the third 3-1 to threaten a comeback.

Price, though, was in no mood to relent and sealed a last four spot for the first time in the double-start format with a brilliant 164 checkout.

“It was a good win and I’m happy that I’m still in,” said Price. “I enjoyed it but I was a bit patchy at times. Jeffrey upped his game a bit in the middle but I was always confident.

“I’ll need to improve to beat Dave. I’m the only seed left but you can’t take that for granted and I’ll just look forward to playing Dave, and hopefully I can win that.

“As long as I hit my starting doubles I can out-score most people. I was confident before the tournament but it’s going to be a tough game with Dave.

“I’ve won three out of the last four tournaments and hopefully I can make it four out of the last five.”

Chisnall came from two sets down for a second successive night as he secured a 3-2 win over Joe Cullen in a tense sudden-death leg.

The two-time finalist had survived seven missed match darts from Ryan Joyce in their on Friday and had to again show his battling qualities to overcome Cullen.

Chisnall opened the game with a 150 checkout but missed nine darts to claim the set in a deciding leg, before missing a further five to win the second set as Cullen followed an earlier 120 finish by capitalising again.

Chisnall finished 150 once more as he took the third set without reply to kick-start his challenge, before firing in a 155 combination as he came from a leg down to win set four.

Cullen hit back from 2-0 down in the decider to level and send the game into a sudden-death leg, but was unable to finish 115 as Chisnall stepped in to post a third-dart double ten for the win.

“I’m not making it easy for myself but I’m still here,” said Chisnall. “Last night I was a bit lucky but I felt I was the better player tonight.

“When I went 2-0 down I thought I was the better player and I was getting to the doubles first and not missing them by much.

“I should have been two nil up and I was really disappointed but I knew if I hit my doubles I could win because I was scoring well.

“I kept battling and I think I deserved to win. When I got a set back, I thought I was going to win again. I never give up and I’m here to do a job, and luckily for me I got through.

“I’m here to win it, and it’s up to the other players to stop me. I’ve got a great chance but I’ve still got to perform – hopefully I won’t go two sets down in the semi-finals too!”

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BoyleSports World Grand Prix 2020 Results

Saturday October 10

Quarter-Finals

Dirk van Duijvenbode 3-1 Gary Anderson
Dave Chisnall 3-2 Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen 0-3 Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price 3-1 Jeffrey de Zwaan

World Grand Prix 2020 Day Five preview and order of play: Final eight face off in Coventry

The Quarter-Finals of the 2020 World Grand Prix take centre stage in Coventry on Saturday as a mix of decorated stars and in-form underdogs aim to continue their title pursuits.

The unique double-start tournament has already provided its fair share of shocks and drama across the opening two rounds, now the big guns aim to make their move at the business end.

Each half of the draw contains just one seed, though half of the remaining field have experience of appearing in a Boylesports World Grand Prix final.

Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen looks to extend his unbeaten run in this competition to 13 games by gaining revenge on 2017 finalist Simon Whotlock.

Van Gerwen was thrashed 11-4 by ‘The Wizard’ in the Last 16 of July’s World Matchplay, ending a run of 15 consecutive head-to-head wins.

The world number one has endured a below-par season by his standards, missing out on the Premier League play-offs and suffering several early exits, but is looking to add this trophy to his UK Open crown back in March.

Van Gerwen has mastered the double-start format ever since securing his first major title in Dublin eight years ago, reaching the final in six of his last eight appearances.

He held his nerve to deny Krzysztof Ratajski in a deciding set in Round One before dispatching Devon Petersen 3-0 despite multiple missed set darts from the South African.

Whitlock, meanwhile, has grasped his unexpected opportunity with both hands this week, defeating Chris Dobey with a 101 average before coming through a 25-leg marathon to edge out Mervyn King 3-2.

A late replacement for Adrian Lewis, Whitlock is now back among the world’s top 16 and is eyeing a second successive scalp of MVG in a major tournament.

The opening match of the night sees 2016 Grand Prix finalist Gary Anderson take on dangerous debutant Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Anderson has continued his consistent record in behind closed doors events, having previously won the 2018 UK Open and finished runner-up in this year’s World Matchplay.

The two-time World Champion is yet to drop a set this week, having swept aside Rob Cross and Danny Noppert, and will look to remain on a collision course with MVG in the Semi-Finals.

Van Duijvenbode has enjoyed a fine debut so far, overcoming Mensur Suljovic 2-1 and World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh 3-1 to reach his first major Quarter-Final.

The confident Dutchman, an aubergine farmer by day, is hoping to become the pick of the crop in Coventry this weekend and is gearing up for the biggest match of his career to date.

World number three Gerwyn Price looks to book his place in a first World Grand Prix Semi-Final at the expense of Dutch talent Jeffrey de Zwaan.

Price is appearing in only his second Quarter-Final in this event but appears to be producing his best form in the double-start format to date, having swept aside Jermaine Wattimena and Kim Huybrechts without dropping a set.

The reigning Grand Slam and World Series Finals champion is bidding to reach his sixth Semi-Final in his last seven major ranking tournament appearances.

De Zwaan finds himself in a first televised Quarter-Final since the European Championship 12 months ago following wins over Jamie Hughes and Gabriel Clemens.

Like Whitlock, The Black Cobra has benefitted from a late call-up to the event following Stephen Bunting’s positive Covid test, and has seized his opportunity in style so far.

Perhaps the most closely-matched tie of the night sees two-time Grand Prix finalist Dave Chisnall take on European Matchplay champion Joe Cullen.

Chisnall pulled off a remarkable fightback from two sets down to defeat Ryan Joyce on Friday, surviving seven match darts in the process.

After averaging 102.8 in a straight sets rout of Glen Durrant in Round One, ‘Chizzy’ will be keen to make a brighter start again here as he looks to continue his superb run of consistency in this event.

Cullen has broken new ground by reaching his first Grand Prix Quarter-Final on the back of epic deciding leg victories over Daryl Gurney and Jonny Clayton.

The world number 21 is now eyeing a first major Semi-Final in two years and will look to do so with room to spare after his nail-biting passage to the Last Eight so far.

The action gets underway from 7pm BST, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of five sets.

All Sets are the best of five legs and there will be no tie-break in any Set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.

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BoyleSports World Grand Prix 2020 Schedule of Play

Saturday October 10

Quarter-Finals

7.15pm Dirk van Duijvenbode v Gary Anderson
8.00pm Dave Chisnall v Joe Cullen
8.45pm Michael van Gerwen v Simon Whitlock
9.30pm Gerwyn Price v Jeffrey de Zwaan

Cullen and De Zwaan reach first World Grand Prix Quarter-Finals as Price and Chisnall also progress

Joe Cullen and Jeffrey de Zwaan broke new ground by reaching their first Quarter-Final at the World Grand Prix in Coventry, while Gerwyn Price and Dave Chisnall also prevailed.

For the second successive game, Cullen held his nerve in a thrilling last-leg shoot-out, this time denying his close friend Jonny Clayton after the Welshman had hit back from two sets down.

Cullen looked to be cruising through, averaging just under 100 on his way to sealing the opening two sets for the loss of just one leg.

However, Clayton came roaring back, winning the deciding leg of set three before taking the fourth set 3-1 to send the contest all the way to a decider.

An unpredictable final set saw all five legs won against throw, with a timely 180 from Cullen in the decider teeing him up for a 74 checkout which he finished in two darts.

“It was always going to be nervy going into the final set and to go to a sudden-death leg, so it’s great to get the win,” said Cullen.

“I felt good going up there and maybe the only downside was that I was playing a good friend and that’s always tough.

“In the first two sets I put him under a lot of pressure but he played fantastic darts to work his way back into the game and in the last set it was always going to be close.

“I don’t think my level dipped that much but Jonny was relentless with his starting doubles after the first couple of sets.

“The pleasing thing at the end was to take out 254 in five darts, in a sudden-death leg – that’s what dreams are made of.

“This means a lot to me, I feel like I’m getting better and more confident and I felt relaxed going into this.”

Cullen will now face Dave Chisnall in Saturday’s Quarter-Finals after the two-time Boylesports World Grand Prix runner-up recovered from two sets down to edge out Ryan Joyce.

Chisnall was handed a huge reprieve by debutant Joyce – who squandered seven match darts to follow up his First Round scalp of Peter Wright.

Joyce continued his relentless hitting of double 16 as he took a two-set lead, but in the deciding leg of set three he missed five darts at tops and two at double ten for the match, allowing Chisnall a way back into the contest.

Two-time World Grand Prix runner-up Chisnall grasped the opportunity, edging the fourth set by one leg before winning three legs in a row in the decider to seal his passage into the Last Eight.

“I’m over the moon. I should be packing my bags to go home but I didn’t give in and I waited for my chance to come, and it’s nice to have a bit of luck,” said Chisnall.

“I keep scraping through but I’ll have to play a lot better than I did today. My starting doubles were awful.

“He was brilliant all the way through the game and I can’t fault him, other than those missed doubles to win. I got a bit lucky tonight.”

In-form Price continued his march towards a first World Grand Prix title with an impressive straight sets win over Kim Huybrechts.

The world number three dominated the contest from the start, averaging 95.42 and hitting two ton-plus checkouts to reach the last eight for the second time in three years, dropping just three legs in the tie.

Huybrechts battled to the end but was unable to live with the scoring power of the Welshman, who will now take on De Zwaan.

“I was happy to get the first set and that put me at ease, and I played pretty well from there,” said Price.

“I started really well today and put Kim under pressure. He played reasonably well but I was that bit better today, but there’s still room for improvement.

“I’m more confident than I was after the first round, and this was a step in the right direction. I slipped up a couple of times and if you want to win tournaments like this then you have to be squeaky clean.

“I don’t mind who I play these days, I think it’s all about me. I believe in myself and if I turn up and play my A-game I’m hard to beat.

“I’ve not got a great record in this tournament but hopefully that can change.”

De Zwaan also made it through in straight sets, blowing away Gabriel Clemens to make it through to his first TV Quarter-Final in almost a year.

A late replacement for Stephen Bunting in the field, De Zwaan enjoyed back-to-back triumphs as he dropped just two legs in the contest, sealing victory in style with a ten-dart leg.

“I’ve struggled for a long time this year but playing like that gave me goosebumps,” De Zwaan admitted.

“It feels amazing to be in the quarter-finals and I’ve got a big chance. We’ll see what happens and I’m looking forward to the next game.

“I’ve never lost against Gabriel and my confidence was there. In the last set, the feeling that I had was that I was flying and it was great to finish with the ten-darter.”

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Boylesports World Grand Prix 2020 Results

Friday October 9

Second Round

Ryan Joyce 2-3 Dave Chisnall
Gabriel Clemens 0-3 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Gerwyn Price 3-0 Kim Huybrechts
Jonny Clayton 2-3 Joe Cullen

World Grand Prix 2020 Day Four preview and order of play: Underdogs aim to reach Last Eight

The Second Round action concludes at the 2020 Boylesports World Grand Prix on Friday as a clutch of potential dark horses aim to continue their progress.

The quick-fire best of three format laid claim to a host of high-profile casualties in Round One, with six of the eight seeds subjected to shock early exits.

The draw has now opened up for a potential underdog to mount a title challenge at the Ricoh Arena this week, with just one seed left standing in the bottom half of the draw.

Gerwyn Price is the sole remaining seed in this section as he looks to reach the Quarter-Finals of this prestigious event for only the second time.

The world number three, who claimed his third televised title at the World Series Finals last month, will feel he has a golden opportunity to stamp his authority and mount another title challenge here.

The Welshman began with a straight sets win over Jermaine Wattimena on Wednesday but will look to improve on his match average of 84 when he comes up against lively Belgian Kim Huybrechts.

Both players are renowned for showing their passion on the stage and have served up some fiery encounters in recent years.

Huybrechts has won five of their eight previous meetings, though this will be their first in front of the TV cameras since the 2017 World Cup of Darts.

The world number 38 was a quarter-finalist at the Grand Prix in 2016 and marked his return to the double-start event with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over 2011 finalist Brendan Dolan.

The opening match of the night sees two-time Boylesports World Grand Prix runner-up Dave Chisnall take on dangerous debutant Ryan Joyce.

Despite being renowned for his scoring power, Chizzy has a fine pedigree in this format and is targeting a second successive final appearance and a third since 2013.

He was one dart away from setting a new record average in this tournament but eventually had to settle for a 102.85 in a blistering straight sets win over Glen Durrant earlier this week.

Chisnall now faces the man who defeated him 8-7 in the final to claim his first PDC ranking title at the Summer Series three months ago.

That success effectively secured Joyce his debut in both this event and the World Matchplay, and he produced a sensational display of double hitting to stun World Champion Peter Wright 2-0 in Round One.

The Newcastle thrower has won his last two encounters with Chizzy and is aiming to reach his first major Quarter-Final since the 2018/19 World Championship.

Close friends become enemies on the stage as stablemates Joe Cullen and Jonny Clayton collide.

World number 18 faces world number 21 in one of the most closely-matched ties of the round as both look to reach their first Grand Prix Quarter-Final.

Cullen came through a nail-biting last-leg shoot-out against 2017 champion Daryl Gurney, while Clayton held his nerve to edge out Ian White 2-1 and register his first win in this competition.

Cullen had previously won all four meeting between the two before Clayton stopped the rot with a commanding 10-4 triumph in the Last 32 of this year’s UK Open.

Two players bidding to enter uncharted territory in this competition go head-to-head as German ace Gabriel Clemens faces Dutch star Jeffrey de Zwaan.

De Zwaan received a late call-up to this event following Stephen Bunting’s positive Covid test and seized his unexpected opportunity by defeating Jamie Hughes 2-1.

He is now aiming to surpass the Last 16 stage at the third time of asking for what would be a third career major Quarter-Final.

Clemens, meanwhile, marked his World Grand Prix debut with an impressive straight sets scalp of Premier League star Nathan Aspinall and now has his sights set on a first PDC major Quarter-Final.

Victory for the 37-year-old would also see him leapfrog Max Hopp in the world rankings to enter the world’s top 32 and become the new German number one.

The action gets underway from 7pm BST, with Second Round matches to be contested over the best of five sets.

All Sets are the best of five legs and there will be no tie-break in any Set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.

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BoyleSports World Grand Prix 2020 Schedule of Play

Friday October 9

Second Round

7.15pm Ryan Joyce v Dave Chisnall
8.15pm Gabriel Clemens v Jeffrey de Zwaan
9.15pm Gerwyn Price v Kim Huybrechts
10.15pm Jonny Clayton v Joe Cullen

Van Gerwen punishes Petersen at the World Grand Prix as Anderson, Whitlock and Van Duijvenbode also progress

Michael van Gerwen powered past Devon Petersen to book his place in the World Grand Prix Quarter-Finals on Thursday, while Gary Anderson also prevailed in straight sets.

Reigning champion Van Gerwen came through a sudden-death leg to deny Krzysztof Ratajski in Round One but enjoyed a more straight-forward passage past Petersen.

Petersen was left to rue multiple missed darts at doubles to win each of the first two sets as the defending champion punished to progress to the Last Eight in Coventry.

In-form debutant Petersen missed two doubles to win the first set and five to win the second as MVG seized his reprieve before going on to clinch the third set 3-1 to seal victory with a 96.3 average.

“I enjoyed this game. I did the damage at the right moments but Devon played a good game as well,” said Van Gerwen.

“It was close but it doesn’t matter how you win as long as you win. I think I was the better player during the game.

“Devon is probably in the form of his life and he’s playing with a lot of confidence, and I’m happy with my performance.

“He’s a good guy and a good player, but he needs to know who the boss is!

“He’s only won one tournament in his life – let him keep dreaming.”

Van Gerwen will now face Simon Whitlock on Saturday after the Australian fought his way to a 3-2 win over Mervyn King in a marathon contest.

A nail-biting battle saw the maximum 25 legs played out as Whitlock came from a set and two legs down to set up a World Matchplay rematch with MVG.

King led 2-1 in sets in the battle of the former Boylesports World Grand Prix runners-up, before Whitlock took out a crucial 72 checkout to force a deciding set.

Whitlock, who came into the tournament as a late-notice replacement for Adrian Lewis, landed a 120 finish – his third ton-plus checkout of the contest – along with a 92 combination to send the tie to a sudden-death leg.

Despite King throwing first, Whitlock out-scored his opponent and finished the job on double top to make it through.

“I’m very happy,” said Whitlock. “I’m very relaxed, I’m on a free-roll and we all know what I can do.

“Hopefully I can go one further than a couple of years ago.

“I enjoyed the game tonight and it had some good moments – and I never gave up. I kept fighting and it was a crazy match – Mervyn is a tough competitor and we always have good games.

“There were good points and bad points and at times we struggled to hit our starting doubles, but to go to the last leg it’s a great match. I’m excited, I’m enjoying playing darts and loving life.”

Gary Anderson breezed into the Quarter-Finals with a straight sets victory over Danny Noppert.

The 2016 finalist flew out of the blocks and was averaging just shy of 110 after taking the first set without conceding a leg.

The Scot afforded Noppert opportunities to win both the second and third sets, but the Dutchman was unable to capitalise as Anderson seal his passage to the last eight, where he will take on Van Duijvenbode on Saturday.

“The first set was great but I dipped off during the second, and I got over the winning line eventually,” said Anderson.

“Danny didn’t start the way he did in his first round game and I wanted to step in on his mistakes. We both threw a few legs away but I got the job done.”

Dirk Van Duijvenbode progressed his first major Quarter-Final by defeating World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh 3-1 in the opening game of the night.

Van Duijvenbode was much-improved from his scrappy debut win over Mensur Suljovic as the Dutchman took the opening two sets, both of which went to deciding legs as he capitalised on misses from his opponent to claim both.

Van den Bergh hit back to win the third set’s decider, but it wasn’t to be the dancing Belgian’s night as Van Duijvenbode held his nerve on double 16 to continue his breakthrough run.

“I’m happy that I won,” he said. “I felt like I had to put something right after the last game because I didn’t play as well as I wanted to and I think I played okay today.

“I wanted to show people that I deserve to be here and hopefully I will play well again in the next round.”

Friday will see the final four Second Round ties take place, including a clash between world number three Gerwyn Price and Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts.

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Thursday October 8

Second Round

Dimitri Van den Bergh 1-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Mervyn King 2-3 Simon Whitlock
Gary Anderson 3-0 Danny Noppert
Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Devon Petersen

World Grand Prix 2020 Day Three preview and order of play: Round Two commences in Coventry

The Second Round gets underway at the 2020 Boylesports World Grand Prix on Thursday as the stakes and format increase in Coventry.

The quick-fire best of three format laid claim to a host of high-profile casualties in Round One, with six of the eight seeds subjected to shock early exits.

The draw has now opened up for a potential dark horse to mount a title challenge at the Ricoh Arena this week, though a clutch of decorated darters remain firmly in the running.

The most notable of which is reigning and five-time Boylesports World Grand Prix champion Michael van Gerwen, who steps up his quest for a third consecutive crown with a box office clash against Devon Petersen.

The world number one boasts a prolific record in this event since picking up his first major title at the Citywest in 2012, reaching the final in six of his last eight appearances.

Van Gerwen was handed a gruelling First Round draw against world number 14 Krzysztof Ratajski but dug deep to prevail in a last-leg thriller with a 98.6 average.

He now faces arguably the most improved player of the season, against whom he has lost both of their meetings on the circuit this year.

Petersen has enjoyed a magnificent campaign, reaching his first ProTour final and missing multiple darts for the title, but atoning for it in style by winning the German Championship a fortnight later.

The popular South African has established himself as one of the most formidable scorers on the planet at present, but proved he has the finishing to match as he defied eight 180s from Jose De Sousa to prevail in straight sets on Tuesday.

The world number 42 whitewashed MVG in the recent Autumn Series but will be wary of a potential backlash from the hungry Dutchman, who revealed after his win on opening night that Petersen is on his “target list”.

Another unmissable clash sees two-time World Champion Gary Anderson take on former Lakeside finalist Danny Noppert.

Anderson is vying to reach his second World Grand Prix final, having finished runner-up in 2016, and started brightly by sweeping aside world number five Rob Cross in consecutive sets.

The Flying Scotsman admitted he had not picked up a dart since securing his Premier League play-off spot a month ago, but continues to do damage in behind closed doors majors.

Runner-up in July’s World Matchplay, Anderson also won the 2018 UK Open behind closed doors and will fancy his chances of adding this title to his collection.

Noppert, meanwhile, is appearing in the Last 16 for the second successive year, having come from a set down to defeat Ryan Searle in the opening match of the tournament.

Semi-finalist in the recent German Championship, Noppert has his sights set on becoming the new Dutch number two and has shared two wins from his four previous encounters against Anderson.

Two former World Grand Prix finalists face off as 2012 runner-up Mervyn King takes on 2017 runner-up Simon Whitlock.

King picked up from where he left off in reaching the Semi-Finals on the Euro Tour last weekend as he dispatched two-time champion James Wade in straight sets with a polished all-round display.

The 54-year-old is looking to reach the Quarter-Finals for the second consecutive year but faces an opponent he has not beaten in his last six attempts.

Whitlock is a man on a free-roll this week after receiving an unexpected late call-up following the news that Adrian Lewis had tested positive for Covid-19 and was therefore withdrawn.

Despite a hectic 24 hours, the Australian ace produced a terrific display to defeat Chris Dobey 2-0 with a 101 average on Wednesday and will look to pick up from where he left off.

The opening match of the evening sees World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh take on debutant Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Despite playing with a knee brace following a serious injury last month, Van den Bergh shone on the big stage once again to defeat world number four Michael Smith with a 96.4 average.

The Belgian number one is appearing at this stage of the competition for the first time and holds a crushing overall record against the Dutchman, having won ten of their 12 previous meetings.

Van Duijvenbode came through an epic struggle on the doubles to knock out Mensur Suljovic in a deciding set, recording the lowest winning average of the round at just 73.

The 28-year-old, however, will look to relax over the extended format and stop the world number 11 in his tracks to reach what would be a first major Quarter-Final.

The action gets underway from 6pm BST, with Second Round matches to be contested over the best of five sets.

All Sets are the best of five legs and there will be no tie-break in any Set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.

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Thursday October 8

Second Round

7.15pm Dimitri Van den Bergh v Dirk van Duijvenbode
8.00pm Mervyn King v Simon Whitlock
8.45pm Gary Anderson v Danny Noppert
9.30pm Michael van Gerwen v Devon Petersen

Joyce stuns Wright at the World Grand Prix as Clemens knocks out Aspinall

Ryan Joyce pulled off a shock straight sets win over Peter Wright in Round One of the World Grand Prix in Coventry on Wednesday, while Gabriel Clemens dispatched Nathan Aspinall.

A night of shocks at the Ricoh Arena saw four Premier League players crash out of the double-start competition as the quick-fire format claimed more high-profile victims.

Wright, runner-up in 2018, bowed out at the First Round stage for the first time since 2016 as Joyce showed incredible accuracy on his chosen starting double 16 throughout.

The Tyneside debutant averaged over 102 on his way to taking the opening set, though Wright looked likely to level it up as he threw first in the deciding leg of set two.

However, Wright took seven darts to begin scoring and, after hitting a 180 to get himself back in the leg, then missed three darts at finishing double to allow Joyce to once again pin double 16 for the win.

“I’m very happy with that. I’ve been so excited to play in this event because it plays to my strengths with the double-start format,” said Joyce.

“I’m good at finishing but not quite as good at scoring and I’m so confident at hitting doubles, and I love double 16.

“Peter’s scoring is fabulous when he gets going, so I always had it in the back of my mind that I had to hit the double if I got the chance.

“Getting to the quarter-finals of the World Championship on my debut was great but this is probably the most comfortable I’ve felt on stage.

“Since the World Championship, almost two years ago, I’ve had a bad run in TV tournaments so this is massive for me. I can’t wait for the next game now and I’m really confident.”

Joyce will now take on Dave Chisnall in the Last 16 after the world number ten defeated Glen Durrant in straight sets with a blistering 102.8 average.

Chisnall, runner-up in 2013 and 2019, produced the performance of the round to knock out the Premier League table-topper in style.

Nathan Aspinall, who made the Quarter-Finals on his Boylesports World Grand Prix debut in 2019, was soundly beaten by German debutant Clemens.

Aspinall needed 54 to take the match to a deciding set, but crucially missed single 14 to mean he had just one attempt at double top, which he missed to allow Clemens to reach the last 16 for the fifth time in his last six TV outings.

“I feel really good to win against one of the best players in the world and a future champion,” said Clemens.

“It’s a totally different format playing in double-start. I started well but my finishing wasn’t as good, but I won the game and it’s massive for me.”

Clemens’ second round opponent will be Jeffrey de Zwaan, who replaced Stephen Bunting and made the most of his late call-up as he returned to form to defeat Jamie Hughes 2-1.

“It was a rollercoaster 24 hours, it’s sad news about Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting but it’s nice to be here and to win today is an amazing feeling,” said De Zwaan.

“My starting double was probably my strongest point today but my finishing was good too – the 136 game me goosebumps, the feeling was amazing. I have to score better too but we’ll see what happens in the next game.”

While his rivals fell, Gerwyn Price made it safely through to the Second Round with a straight-sets win over Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena.

The world number three recovered from 2-0 down to salvage the first set, before seeing the job through in the second to set banish memories of last year’s first round defeat.

“I’m pleased to be through but I didn’t play my best,” admitted Price.

“I couldn’t get off. If you give me one dart at a double at the end of a leg then I seem to take it, but I’m useless with three in my hand!

“I’ve got to improve that in the next round. I put myself under a lot of pressure because you need to get off and you need to finish, but I scored ok when I did get going.”

Price’s next assignment will be against Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts – who recovered from a set down to defeat 2011 runner-up Brendan Dolan 2-1.

Former World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney suffered a First Round exit for a second successive year as he lost a dramatic deciding leg against Joe Cullen.

After Cullen missed a match dart for a 2-0 win, Gurney fought back to take the match all the way to a last-leg shoot-out which saw the Yorkshireman dominate with heavy-scoring before sealing his passage through on double top for a 14-darter.

“I played well in the first set and I thought I was okay in the second but Daryl ground it out. It was a good last leg, whether it was double start or not,” said Cullen.

“Daryl’s class, he’s a Premier League player and you don’t expect to get everything your own way. He wasn’t at his best on the starting doubles.

“We’re all here to win it. Beating a former champion like Daryl is great.

“I’ve got the game to beat Michael van Gerwen, like the world number 90 has, but their B-game is better than us mere mortals. If I play well, I take some stopping.”

Cullen will meet Jonny Clayton in the Last 16 after the Welshman claimed his first Grand Prix victory at the third attempt, grinding out a 2-1 win against Ian White, which he completed with a 106 checkout.

Simon Whitlock, who like De Zwaan had to wait for his negative Covid-19 result before competing as a replacement for Lewis, also made the most of his opportunity as he defeated 2019 semi-finalist Chris Dobey 2-0.

The 2017 runner-up averaged 101 with 50 per cent on his finishing doubles to blow away a below-par Dobey – who averaged 24 points less than the Aussie.

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Wednesday October 7

First Round

Brendan Dolan 1-2 Kim Huybrechts
Jonny Clayton 2-1 Ian White
Dave Chisnall 2-0 Glen Durrant
Daryl Gurney 1-2 Joe Cullen
Peter Wright 0-2 Ryan Joyce
Gerwyn Price 2-0 Jermaine Wattimena
Nathan Aspinall 0-2 Gabriel Clemens
Simon Whitlock 2-0 Chris Dobey
Jamie Hughes 1-2 Jeffrey De Zwaan

World Grand Prix 2020 Day Two preview and order of play: Top seeds aim to avoid early exit

The First Round action continues at the 2020 Boylesports World Grand Prix on Wednesday as more big names aim to avoid an early exit in Coventry.

The opening night at the Ricoh Arena saw two-time champion James Wade, world number four Michael Smith and Mensur Suljovic among the notable early casualties.

A further nine First Round ties follow on Wednesday with several major champions kicking off their campaigns in the prestigious double-start tournament.

Reigning World Champion Peter Wright launches his latest quest for a maiden Boylesports World Grand Prix title with a clash against debutant Ryan Joyce.

Wright finished runner-up in Dublin two years ago and is looking to add this prestigious trophy to his World Championship and Masters triumphs this season.

The world number two has not lost in the opening round of this tournament since 2016 and will be looking to utilise his vast experience of this tricky double-start format against the Newcastle newcomer.

Joyce secured a landmark first PDC title in the Summer Series, which also earned him a debut in the World Matchplay, but has struggled to replicate that form since and faces a tough ask against the consistent Scot here.

Daryl Gurney enjoyed a ground-breaking moment in the Grand Prix three years ago when he clinched his first major title, and the Northern Irishman will hope to rekindle his love affair with this event albeit at an alternative venue.

Gurney is faced with a tough opener against multiple ranking title winner Joe Cullen – who has won seven of their ten previous meetings.

Cullen is looking to avoid a third consecutive First Round exit in this competition and improve on a below-par display at the World Series Finals which saw him whitewashed by Vincent van der Voort.

2017 champion Gurney celebrates (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Dave Chisnall, a player with impressive pedigree in this event, starts out with a clash against Premier League table-topper Glen Durrant in arguably the most anticipated match of the night.

Chisnall, who is renowned for his clinical scoring power, has stepped up to the mark in this double-start event down the years, reaching the final in both 2013 and 2019.

Chizzy’s run to the final 12 months ago saw him defeat Durrant 4-1 in the Semis, and ‘Duzza’ will be eyeing a dose of revenge at the first hurdle this time around.

The three-time BDO World Champion has now reached five major PDC Semi-Finals and poses a significant threat in this format given his trademark efficiency on the doubles.

World number three Gerwyn Price is aiming to improve on a below-par record in this competition and will hope the change of venue brings about a change of fortunes.

The back-to-back Grand Slam champion has suffered three First Round exits in five previous World Grand Prix appearances, with his best run coming in 2018 when he reached the Quarter-Finals.

Arguably the player of the season so far, Price has picked up five titles, including the recent World Series Finals and the Belgian Championship.

He begins his latest campaign against ‘The Machine Gun’ Jermaine Wattimena – who reached his maiden major Quarter-Final in this event 12 months ago, defeating Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright along the way.

Premier League semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall also looks to build on last year’s run to the Quarter-Finals in Dublin, and ‘The Asp’ opens up against German number two Gabriel Clemens.

Despite his terrific showing in his debut Premier League campaign, Aspinall has suffered early exits in both the UK Open and World Matchplay this year and will be determined to challenge for more major silerware this week.

Clemens is now ranked just one place outside of the top 32 and one behind his fellow countryman Max Hopp and is one of six debutants in this year’s World Grand Prix field.

Another evenly-matched contest on paper sees world number 12 Ian White take on world number 19 Jonny Clayton.

Clayton warmed up for this event in style by reaching the final of the German Championship and is now eyeing a first win at the World Grand Prix at the third time of asking.

White is a two-time Grand Prix quarter-finalist and has been typically consistent away from the TV stage this season, winning a Players Championship event and reaching a further final.

The opening match of a bumper night of fixtures sees 2011 World Grand Prix runner-up Brendan Dolan take on Belgian number two Kim Huybrechts.

Dolan’s defining moment came at the Citywest nine years ago when he produced the first ever double-start nine-darter in a sensational run which ended in defeat to Phil Taylor in the final.

He reached the Semi-Finals a year later and is now making his eleventh World Grand Prix appearance since his debut back in 2004.

Huybrechts was a quarter-finalist in 2016 but has lost in the opening round in his two appearances since, though he boasts a dominant head-to-head record over Dolan with seven wins from their ten previous meetings.

Simon Whitlock and Jeffrey de Zwaan received late call-ups following Tuesday’s news that Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting had tested positive for Covid-19 and were therefore withdrawn from the tournament.

Both will be looking to seize their unexpected chance, with Whitlock firstly taking on 2019 semi-finalist Chris Dobey.

The Australian number one reached the Quarter-Finals of July’s World Matchplay and has excelled over this format, having finished runner-up to Gurney in 2017.

De Zwaan then takes on Tipton thrower Jamie Hughes in the final match of the evening as the young Dutchman aims to reach Round Two for the third consecutive year.

Hughes took Michael van Gerwen to a last-leg decider in his debut appearance last year and has since gone on to reach the Quarter-Finals of the UK Open.

The action gets underway from 6pm BST, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of three sets.

All Sets are the best of five legs and there will be no tie-break in any Set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.

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Wednesday October 7

First Round

6.15pm Brendan Dolan v Kim Huybrechts
6.45pm Jonny Clayton v Ian White
7.15pm Dave Chisnall v Glen Durrant
7.45pm Daryl Gurney v Joe Cullen
8.15pm Peter Wright v Ryan Joyce
8.45pm Gerwyn Price v Jermaine Wattimena
9.15pm Nathan Aspinall v Gabriel Clemens
9.45pm Simon Whitlock v Chris Dobey
10.15pm Jamie Hughes v Jeffrey De Zwaan

Van Gerwen edges Ratajski in last-leg thriller as Wade and Smith bow out of the World Grand Prix

Michael van Gerwen dug deep to hold off Krzysztof Ratajski in a deciding leg epic and launch his World Grand Prix title defence on opening night in Coventry.

The world number one produced the performance of the night at the Ricoh Arena as he fended off a gallant fightback from the Polish sensation.

Van Gerwen flew out of the blocks, averaging over 109 in wrapping up the first set in consecutive legs, but Ratajski typically showed resilience to take the match to a third set decider.

Ratajski crucially missed three doubles to go within a leg of victory and Van Gerwen stepped in with what turned out to be a pivotal 103 checkout.

The following two legs went with throw to take the match to a sudden-death leg which Van Gerwen dominated before ending a thrilling contest with an 84 checkout.

“It was really tough, you have to do something special against Krzysztof. He’s a silent assassin,” said Van Gerwen.

“It’s always going to be hard in the first round of a World Grand Prix with the short format.

“The third set I felt was slipping out of my hands and I thought ‘this cannot happen’.

“I produced the 103 finish when I really needed it and that gives me huge confidence.

“The pressure is on my shoulders even more at the moment because I haven’t showed my ‘A game’ in the last few months, so I’m proud of myself for how I played today.”

Van Gerwen will take on Devon Petersen in round two after the South African star defeated Jose De Sousa in straight sets in a thrilling encounter between the two tournament debutants.

In-form Petersen, who claimed his first PDC ranking title at the German Championship last weekend, landed a 100 checkout on his way to taking the opening set.

Free-scoring De Sousa hit an incredible eight 180s in the match, but the Portuguese number one missed a dart at double top for a 139 checkout which would have forced a deciding set, allowing Petersen to step in to win it in style, pinning the bullseye to land a 93 checkout.

“My smile couldn’t be wider! I’ve been working hard since winning in Germany, and I felt like I was going to boss the game but Jose is an amazing player,” reflected Petersen.

“I felt like I had to hang in there, and I capitalised on his mistakes.

“This win is just the start for me in this tournament. Now I’ve got this game out of the way I can show what I can do over the longer-format matches.”

Gary Anderson began his quest for a first Boylesports World Grand Prix title with a comfortable 2-0 defeat of fifth seed Rob Cross in what was billed as the tie of the opening round.

Anderson, the 2016 runner-up, took control of the contest in the opening leg, with an off-form Cross unable to trouble the Scot, who is seeking to win one of the only TV titles to have evaded him.

“The first set was absolutely fantastic. The darts felt like they were going great,” Anderson explained.

“I’ve not spent a lot of time on the practice board since the Premier League so I’m pleased with how this went.

“It’s a tournament I would love to win before I retire, but we’ll see how we go. I just want to keep playing well and enjoy throwing again.”

Anderson will now take on Danny Noppert in the Last 16 after the Dutchman recovered from a set down to edge a see-saw battle with Ryan Searle 2-1.

Dimitri Van den Bergh produced an assured display as he dumped out fourth seed Michael Smith in a battle of former World Youth Champions.

Belgian sensation Van den Bergh, who won the World Matchplay in July, crowned an impressive performance with a 132 checkout to prevent a deciding set.

The 26-year-old will take on debutant Dirk van Duijvenbode who came through a scrap with a below-par Mensur Suljovic, defeating the three-time semi-finalist 2-1.

Mervyn King won in straight-sets against two-time World Grand Prix champion James Wade, leaving Van Gerwen and Daryl Gurney as the only former champions in the field.

King, a runner-up in 2012, continued his recent resurgence with superior accuracy to his opponent on both starting and finishing doubles to advance to the last 16 where he will take on Chris Dobey or Simon Whitlock.

“It was our 50th meeting and it was 24 wins each with one draw, so I’m ahead now,” said King.

“I got off very well and scored okay. I grew up playing double-start darts so it’s a format I’m comfortable with. I’m not here to make the numbers up, I’m here to win the tournament.

“I’m not the most consistent player in the world, but we’re all capable of throwing a bad day and at the moment they’re going really nicely.”

Round One concludes on Wednesday with nine matches set to be played, providing Simon Whitlock and Jeffrey de Zwaan return negative test for Covid-19.

Due to Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting testing positive for Covid-19, seven matches were played on Tuesday, with nine to be played on Wednesday.

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Tuesday October 6

First Round

Danny Noppert 2-1 Ryan Searle
Dirk van Duijvenbode 2-1 Mensur Suljovic
Devon Petersen 2-0 Jose De Sousa
Mervyn King 2-0 James Wade
Gary Anderson 2-0 Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen 2-1 Krzysztof Ratajski
Dimitri Van den Bergh 2-0 Michael Smith