German Darts Masters Day Two- Afternoon Session
DOBEY AND CULLEN EDGE THORNTON AND WADE
Easter Sunday’s German Darts Masters saw six out of the eight seeded players in action crash out as the likes of Chris Dobey and Joe Cullen recorded impressive victories over Premier League players Robert Thornton and James Wade respectively.
Cristo Reyes was the first man through to the last 16 as he confidently beat Brendan Dolan 6-1. ‘The History Maker’ Dolan has been struggling of late, and Reyes took his chances to complete a comfortable victory.
Kevin Painter was then the next man through as he edged out ‘the Force’ Justin Pipe 6-5. ‘The Artist’ led 3-0 and 4-1, however Pipe rolled off three legs on the trot to make it four apiece. A key moment then came in the ninth leg as Pipe missed three darts at double 14 to take a 5-4 lead, and it enabled Painter to step in and move one away. Despite Pipe winning the tenth to take it to a decider, he didn’t even get a dart at the bullseye on an 82 checkout- thus enabling Painter to take the match with tops.
James Richardson then caused an upset as he beat Terry Jenkins relatively comfortably, 6-2. ‘Ruthless’ put consistent leg on leg pressure on ‘the Bull’ to win through to the last 16.
Ian White then also claimed a confident win as he despatched Mark Walsh, with a 6-2 scoreline too. Despite Walsh sticking with White at 3-2, ‘Diamond’ won three legs on the trot to seal the win. White slammed in four maximums in the win- averaging 98.38.
Chris Dobey then knocked out Robert Thornton in a superb performance. ‘The Thorn’ was looking back to his best; however Dobey edged this race to six. After the first nine legs were held staunchly by both players, Thornton finally buckled, enabling Dobey to pin double four and claim a memorable win.
The big names continued to tumble in Munich though as Joe Cullen dumped James Wade out in the next match. Cullen started the better of the two players, and he opened up leads of 2-0 and 4-2. However, Wade kept plugging away and a 141 checkout was a kick in the teeth for ‘the Rockstar’, who was left waiting on tops to extend his lead. After the match was levelled at four apiece though, Cullen won the next two legs to seal victory. Wade missed tops on a 101 checkout to break Cullen in the ninth leg and this enabled Cullen to step in and hit double 14 to move a leg away. Wade threw a below par leg and enabled Cullen to eventually claim victory with his sixth match dart, on double seven.
Kim Huybrechts couldn’t stop the rot for the seeded players, as he was emphatically beaten 6-1 by William O’Connor. The win was a big one for the Irishman, and although Willie played well, Huybrechts was well below par.
Credit must go to Dave Chisnall in the last match of the afternoon, as he became just the second seeded player of eight this afternoon to advance. ‘Chizzy’ battled back from 3-1 down to the impressive Jermaine Wattimena to seal a 6-4 victory.
German Darts Masters
European Tour Event Two
Ballhausforum, Dolce Hotel, Munich
Sunday March 27
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm UK time)
Brendan Dolan (14) 1 Cristo Reyes 6
Justin Pipe (16) 5 Kevin Painter 6
Terry Jenkins (11) 2 James Richardson 6
Ian White (7) 6 Mark Walsh 2
Robert Thornton (9) 4 Chris Dobey 6
James Wade (4) 4 Joe Cullen 6
Kim Huybrechts (5) 1 William O’Connor 6
Dave Chisnall (8) 6 Jermaine Wattimena 4
Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm UK time)
Adrian Lewis (6) v John Bowles
Jelle Klaasen (10) v Ronny Huybrechts
Michael Smith (2) v Jeffrey de Graaf
Peter Wright (3) v Stephen Bunting
Mensur Suljovic (15) v James Wilson
Gary Anderson (12) v Daryl Gurney
Benito van de Pas (13) v Devon Petersen
Michael van Gerwen (1) v Rene Eidams
All games are the best of 11 legs
By Aaron Woodruff