The second round of the Danish Darts Open wasn’t too big on shocks.
Only three seeds were toppled. Though that did include the pre-tournament favourite, Rob Cross. It means that the Danish Darts Open is lacking in dark horses, but final 16 is packed full of quality.
Stephen Bunting might count himself lucky not to have been culled himself. Cody Harris was more than a match, but the Bullet pulled the trigger at the right times to eke out a win. Gerwyn Price also came out on top in a ten-leg battle. Price averaged 100, 12 points more than his Sunday opponent. The Welshman is in ominous form.
Peter Wright and Joe Cullen meet in the second game having comfortably dismissed opponents who could have sprung a surprise. Match three is between two players who did succeed in usurping seeded opponents.
Kirk Shepherd is finally into the final day of a European Tour event. He did so in style too, by beating Cross. Chris Dobey won out in an 11-leg thriller versus Ricky Evans and will have an eye on the quarter-finals.
Daryl Gurney has somehow found himself in a quarter with the only three non-seeds left. On paper, it’s a miracle. In reality, he faces a tough assignment against Jose de Sousa, who is playing superb darts. It’s a big opportunity for Superchin – one with its fair share of pitfalls.
Adrian the Aussie-slayer
James Wade meets Jonny Clayton, who dashed Danish dreams with a last-gasp victory over home favourite Per Laursen yesterday. That’s followed by 2018 runner-up Simon Whitlock looking to make it another successful Scandinavian outing. Adrian Lewis has already knocked out one Aussie in Kyle Anderson, and will be aiming for two out of two.
Mensur Suljovic’s title defence gathers pace, with the Gentle just about squeezing past Gabriel Clemens. The increasingly impressive Dave Chisnall will be confident of securing a result here.
The European Tour’s man in form ends the afternoon session. Having ended Michael van Gerwen’s run of deciding leg successes in Zwolle last time out, Ian White has shown a knack for doing the same himself. Martin Schindler couldn’t take the chance to take the shine off the Diamond’s Danish outing. Can Jermaine Wattimena do what the German ace couldn’t – and will he even create a chance to?
Afternoon session schedule
Gerwyn Price v Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright v Joe Cullen
Kirk Shepherd v Chris Dobey
Daryl Gurney v Jose de Sousa
James Wade v Jonny Clayton
Adrian Lewis v Simon Whitlock
Mensur Suljovic v Dave Chisnall
Ian White v Jermaine Wattimena
Author: Ed McCosh