We’re back in the land of processed pork to see who can bring home the bacon at the Danish Darts Open.
One of Kim Viljanen and Martin Schindler will be a cut above on Friday evening. But it’s not necessarily easy to tell who will come out on top – Schindler is definitely talented but could be undone by the Fin. Glen Durrant comes into the Danish Darts Open in high spirits; this will be a tough ask for Kevin Burness.
Niels-Jorgen Hansen is the second of the home contingent taking part. Per Laursen scored a first round win. Can Hansen do the same against Ryan Harrington? That’s followed by Steve West, a semi-finalist in Copenhagen last year, taking on Chris Dobey.
Gabriel Clemens’ stock continues to rise on the European scene. He needs to get a good European Tour run under his belt to cement his status. Mervyn King will surely have other ideas. Meanwhile Kirk Shepherd probably won’t put on the show we want – that David Brent dance – but he’s good enough to apply the quality needed to defeat Vincent van der Voort. The giant Dutchman will be fairly confident himself.
Can Smith be Beaton?
The penultimate tie of the session looks to be a cracker. Steve Beaton was walloped when he last met Michael Smith on stage, at the UK Open. He has been excellent in Europe however, and it feels like the Bronzed Adonis could topple his opponent here. This is an ideal chance for Smith, meanwhile, to get himself back towards the seeded spots.
Steve Lennon, the Irish hero of the World Cup of Darts, ends the evening session. Things weren’t as rosy for Sweden’s Dennis Nilsson, but he will still mount a strong challenge. In his current form, Lennon will feel this is his to lose.
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Evening session schedule
Kim Viljanen v Martin Schindler
Glen Durrant v Kevin Burness
Niels-Jorgen Hansen v Ryan Harrington
Steve West v Chris Dobey
Gabriel Clemens v Mervyn King
Kirk Shepherd v Vincent van der Voort
Steve Beaton v Michael Smith
Dennis Nilsson v Steve Lennon
Tags: Danish Darts Open 2019
Author: Ed McCosh