Dutch Darts Masters Afternoon Round-Up
HENDERSON SETS UP A MATCH WITH MvG WHILST JAMIE LEWIS WHITEWASHES WELGE
‘The Highlander’ John Henderson won 6-5 against Dimitri van den Bergh to secure a match against Michael van Gerwen in the second round tomorrow. Jamie Lewis led the averages for the afternoon session in a 6-0 victory against Andree Welge.
The crowd in Venray were treated to an entertaining afternoon of darts, with many competitive games as the participants battled it out to make it through to Saturday’s action.
The first match of the afternoon paired Zoran Lerchbacher and James Richardson. The latter, whose son Josh is BDO World Youth Champion, came out on top 6-5- winning the last lag decider. ‘Ruthless’ hit four 180’s in the win, averaging a solid 92.7. He’ll play ‘the Bull’ Terry Jenkins in the second round tomorrow.
Next up were Ritchie Edhouse and Martin Schinder. The former won the match 6-4 in a performance that saw three maximums and a smart 114 checkout. Edhouse will now advance to round three with a bye as his scheduled opponent Robert Thornton has withdrawn threw illness.
The following game was another tight encounter. Paul Milford and Remco van Eijden saw the game go the full 11 leg duration, but van Eijden was victorious with a 90.73 average. Van Eijden will now play number six seed for this event- ‘Jackpot’ Adrian Lewis in the second round.
The fourth game of the 2016 Dutch Darts Masters was very one-sided. Young Welshman Jamie Lewis produced a dominant performance against Andree Welge. Lewis produced the best average (98.02) and checkout (146) of the afternoon session in brushing aside Welge. Welge will be disappointed with a mere 77.21 average. With Lewis though, he’ll fancy his chances of beating Justin Pipe in round two after this performance.
The next game saw Kevin Thomas make it through to the second round to face Dave Chisnall after beating Jan Dekker 6-3. An 81.96 average was enough for ‘the Undertaker’ as Jan Dekker falls at the first hurdle in this event.
The next match was a hard match to predict, but it was ‘the Highlander John Henderson who edged past Dimitri Van den Bergh to make it into round two. Henderson actually averaged less than Van den Bergh and hit less 180’s, but that didn’t stop him winning through 6-5 to play world number one Michael van Gerwen tomorrow.
Australian Simon Whitlock was next to book his place in round two, as he comfortably beat Mike De Dekker. ‘The Wizard’ is looking to halt a slide down the rankings which sees him positioned 18 in the Order of Merit. This performance here though will be a confidence booster on the stage in Venray, and he’ll now look forward to playing ‘Diamond’ Ian White tomorrow.
The final match of the afternoon session was a close encounter. Rowby-John Rodriguez was the winner as Robbie Green failed to capitalise on 3-1 and 4-2 advantages. The match included six 180’s, but in fairness, it was a patchy affair with quality in fits and starts. Rodriguez seized the initiative to win four legs in a row from to win the game 6-4. The four 180’s will be pleasing for ‘Little John’- and the Austrian will now face-up with fellow countryman Mensur Suljovic in the second round.
By Aaron Woodruff
James Richardson 6-5 Zoran Lerchbacher
Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Martin Schindler
Remco van Eijden 6-5 Paul Milford
Kevin Thomas 6-3 Jan Dekker
Jamie Lewis 6-0 Andree Welge
John Henderson 6-5 Dimitri van den Bergh
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Mike de Decker
Rowby John Rodriguez 6-4 Robbie Green