Joe Cullen produced an incredible display of finishing to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in Munich.

The Rockstar sealed a 6-5 win over Yordi Meeuwisse in the second round of the German Darts Grand Prix. Cullen started the better of the pair, quickly establishing a 3-1 lead. Meeuwisse had dodgy doubles to blame; 12 missed darts at a finish in the opening four legs left the Dutchman trailing. But a bull shot for a 90 finish got him back into the match. Meeuwisse then took the lead, but Cullen checked out 129 to level at 4-4. Adrian Lewis’ conqueror took out 70 to put himself a leg away from victory. But the Bradford ace fought back, saving the match with a 120 out. He saved the best for last. With Meeuwisse waiting on 52 to take victory, Cullen slammed in a magnificent 164 to prevail.
The second tie of the evening session was just as well-fought. Ian White faced a tough opponent in Stephen Bunting, and the pair shared the first eight legs. Diamond struck an excellent 139 checkout in the midst of proceedings. But missed darts at double 16 to make it 5-3 were punished by the Bullet. The all-important leg turned out to be the ninth; White found tops for a break and a chance to throw for the match. He took that chance, rounding off victory with a 100 average.
James Wade made Jelle Klaasen the seventh seed to fall on a day of upsets in Munich. Not that the 6-4 win was much of an upset, given Wade’s good recent form. But the southpaw star had to do it the hard way, battling back from 3-0 down. A 106 finish from Klaasen interrupted the comeback to make it 4-2. But that was the last leg the Dutchman was able to claim. A 13-darter, followed by a brilliant 150 finish, allowed the Machine to level matters. From there, Wade did not look back. He took the last two legs to seal a spot in Monday’s third round.
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Author: Ed McCosh