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Beaton Comes Through Dramatic Opening Day

STEVE BEATON survived a match dart to defeat Kim Huybrechts 6-5 in a dramatic first-round game at the European Darts Trophy, as the European Tour event began in Gottingen on Friday.
Image courtesy of Kais Bodensieck (PDC Europe)

Beaton Comes Through Dramatic Opening Day

 

The clash between the two former European Tour event winners promised to be the tie of the opening round and so it proved, though Beaton looked like a runaway winner as he raced into a 5-1 lead.

A determined Huybrechts, who averaged 96.2 and missed just three darts at double, fought back to level at 5-5 as both players battled to progress to the second round of the weekend’s £135,000 event.

The Belgian missed a dart at the bullseye for a 121 checkout in a tense deciding leg before Beaton found tops with his last dart to land a high-pressure 78 finish and seal his place in the Unibet European Championship in Dortmund later this month.

“I always believe I can win at any stage of a match, that’s probably why I’ve lasted so long in the game,” said Beaton, who will now take on Gerwyn Price in a replay of their World Grand Prix second round clash.

“It proves what a good player Kim is the way he didn’t give in and came back at me. In the last leg I was hoping he would give me a chance which he did and I took it – that’s darts!

“I love the crowd and I love playing darts – what could be better than playing on this stage?”

World number one Michael van Gerwen will face fellow-Dutchman Vincent van der Voort in round two after former European Tour event winner Van der Voort produced a sublime display to defeat Simon Stevenson 6-3.

Image courtesy of Kais Bodensieck (PDC Europe)

 

The experienced Dutch star fired in five 180s and missed just three darts at double as he produced a 104 average to set up a third meeting with Van Gerwen in 2018.

Dutch Darts Championship finalist Ricky Evans topped Van der Voort’s efforts with the display of the opening round, continuing his fine form with a 104.7 average to seep aside Andrew Gilding 6-1.

World Matchplay semi-finalist Jeffrey de Zwaan saw off German qualifier Steffen Siepmann 6-3 book a meeting with World Champion Rob Cross, while world number two Peter Wright will take on Jelle Klaasen.

Klaasen – who became a father for the second time this week – secured a much-needed 6-4 win over Maik Langendorf, staving off a comeback from the German qualifier to edge closer to a place in the European Championship, while Krzysztof Ratajski, Richard North and Luke Humphries also pushed themselves a step closer to Dortmund.

Poland’s Ratajski survived a match-dart to defeat Steve West 6-5, Humphries recorded a 6-4 win over Keegan Brown and North ran out a 6-3 winner over German youngster Christian Bunse.

Images courtesy of Kais Bodensieck (PDC Europe)

 

Bunse was one of six German qualifiers to feature on the opening day, with 14th seed Max Hopp taking the number of German players in the tournament up to seven, the highest number to ever take part in a European Tour event.

Leading the way for the Host Nation Qualifiers was exciting youngster Martin Schindler, who delighted his passionate home crowd with a 6-3 victory over Luke Woodhouse to confirm his place at the European Championship.

Gabriel Clemens ensured there would be three German players starring in the second day of action as he claimed a convincing 6-3 victory over Brendan Dolan.

Elsewhere, Finland’s Marko Kantele fired in five 180s in his 6-3 win over Robert Marijanovic, while former European Tour finalist John Henderson produced a strong last leg to edge past Mark Wilson 6-5.

April’s Players Championship winner Mickey Mansell landed a 156 finish as he beat debutant George Killington 6-2, and Spain’s Toni Alcinas ran out a 6-5 winner over Danny Noppert in a high-quality affair.

 

Ryan Joyce made it five out of five first-round wins on the European Tour in 2018 with a 6-1 demolition of Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena, while Matthew Edgar defeated Jeffrey de Graaf 6-3 to pick up a first victory on the continent for over three years.

Saturday’s second round action sees the 16 seeded players enter the tournament, with coverage to be streamed from 1 pm and 7.15pm local time.

The European Darts Trophy will be broadcast throughout the weekend for PDCTV-HD Subscribers and through a series of bookmakers’ websites worldwide.

Images courtesy of Kais Bodensieck (PDC Europe)

2018 European Darts Trophy (ET13)

Schedule of Play

Friday, October 12

First Round

Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)

Luke Humphries 6-4 Keegan Brown

Matthew Edgar 6-3 Jeffrey de Graaf

Mickey Mansell 6-2 George Killington

John Henderson 6-5 Mark Wilson

Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Brendan Dolan

Marko Kantele 6-3 Robert Marijanovic

Ryan Joyce 6-1 Jermaine Wattimena

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Steve West

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)

Richard North 6-3 Christian Bunse

Ricky Evans 6-1 Andrew Gilding

Martin Schindler 6-3 Luke Woodhouse

Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Simon Stevenson

Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Maik Langendorf

Steve Beaton 6-5 Kim Huybrechts

Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3 Steffen Siepmann

Toni Alcinas 6-5 Danny Noppert

Saturday, October 13

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)

Joe Cullen v Matthew Edgar

Michael Smith v Marko Kantele

Dave Chisnall v Ryan Joyce

Stephen Bunting v Mickey Mansell

Daryl Gurney v Luke Humphries

Simon Whitlock v Richard North

Ian White v John Henderson

Jonny Clayton v Gabriel Clemens

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)

Mervyn King v Martin Schindler

Gerwyn Price v Steve Beaton

Darren Webster v Ricky Evans

Michael van Gerwen v Vincent van der Voort

Peter Wright v Jelle Klaasen

James Wade v Toni Alcinas

Max Hopp v Krzysztof Ratajski

Rob Cross v Jeffrey de Zwaan

Sunday, October 14

Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)

Third Round

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)

Quarter-Finals

Semi-Finals

Final

Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order

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