This afternoon we seen the 2nd Round of the European Darts Trophy in Mülheim where the seeds enter the tournament,
First game of the day was Cristo Reyes vs Brendan Dolan it was a great contest as Dolan hit a 124 on the bull to lead 4-2 but it turned out to be the last leg he would win as the spaniard reeled off 4 consecutive legs to win 6-4 and reach the last 16.
The next match was between Robert Thornton and former World Champion Christian Kist a close encounter with 11 darter from thornton to level at 3-3 he then led 5-4 then closing out the match to win 6-4 and reach the last 16.
The 3rd match of the afternoon was potentially one of the longest matches in history between Justin Pipe and Austrian Mensur Suljovic, Pipe hitting a 135 finish to tie the game 2-2 and suljovic had the chance to win the game 6-4 but after missing lots of doubles pipe cleaned up to take the game to a deciding leg, and more missed match darts from Suljovic allowed pipe to sweep in and take the match 6-5.
The next match was Steve West vs Terry Jenkins and West had the early advantage as he sent himself go 4-1 on ‘The Bull’ but 3 straight legs from Jenkins and a 140 finish took the match to 4-4 Jenkins made it 5-4 before West hit an 11 darter with back to back 180s to take it to a deciding leg, but Jenkins won the decider to take the match 6-5 a 103 average from West and Jenkins averaged just over 108.
Yesterdays winner Jason Lovett faced Dutch young gun Benito Van De Pas in the next game Lovett went 1-0 up then 2-1 and played steady throughout the match found himself 4-2 up and 5-3 and closed out the match winning 6-4 and reached the last 16 for the first time in his career on the European Tour and shocked the seed.
Daryl Gurney took on seed Mervyn King in the next match Gurney found himself 4-2 up on King but then back came King in style winning 4 consecutive legs to take the match 6-4 hitting 4 180s and a 101 average to book his place in the last 16 tomorrow.
The next match German young hero Max Hopp took on Belgian ace kim Huybrechts in the first leg huybrechts hit a 180 and hit the double at the first attempt to go 1-0,then ‘The Hurricane’ found himself 3-0 up averaging just over 100 he then took a fantastic 161 finish to lead 5-0 and seen out the 6th leg to win 6-0 dissapointing for the German.
The Final game of the afternoon was Kevin Painter vs Rapid thrower Vincent Van Der Voort, Painter went 2-1 up, then 3-2 up after hitting a 180 then it was Van Der Voort who turned the match on its head to lead 4-3, only for painter to hit a 124 finish to level the game at 4-4 and painter won the last 2 legs to win the match 6-4 to book his place in the Last 16.
Round 2 Afternoon Round Up:
Cristo Reyes 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Robert Thornton 6-4 Christian Kist
Justin Pipe 6-5 Mensur Suljovic
Jason Lovett 6-4 Benito Van De Pas
Mervyn King 6-4 Daryl Gurney
Kim Huybrechts 6-0 Max Hopp
Kevin Painter 6-4 Vincent Van Der Voort
Round 2 Evening Session:
Ian White vs Stephen Bunting
Dave Chisnall vs Jan Dekker
Adrian Lewis vs James Wilson
Michael Van Gerwen vs Adam Hunt
Peter Wright vs Andy Jenkins
Michael Smith vs Wes Newton
James Wade vs Darren Johnson
Simon Whitlock vs Rowby-John Rodriguez