The Dutch Darts Masters is ready to provide us with even more thrills on Saturday.
First in the spotlight are Stephen Bunting and Brendan Dolan. The Northern Irishman was in the final the last time the Dutch Darts Masters wasn’t won by Michael van Gerwen – back in 2013. After them, Friday’s surprise package takes to the stage. Florian Hempel whitewashed Ryan Harrington; now Simon Whitlock is in the firing line.
There’s an intriguing all-Dutch crowd to keep the home crowd entertained in Zwolle. Danny Noppert prevailed 6-1 against Harry Ward with a 104.56 average in the first round. He’ll want to keep up that momentum as he meets Jermaine Wattimena.
If Wattimena doesn’t bring enough speed for everyone, Ricky Evans follows up with more of the same. Rapid Ricky’s opponent is home nation qualifier Danny van Trijp, a surprise first round winner over Keegan Brown.
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Jonny Clayton kicks off a Welsh double bill. He flies the flag first, with fellow World Cup of Darts participant Dennis Nilsson his opponent. The Swede racked up a whitewash win in round one. Clayton’s World Cup team-mate, Gerwyn Price, goes up against Krzysztof Ratajski in what could be a tight tussle.
Rowby-John Rodriguez had an outstanding afternoon on Friday. The Austrian youngster piled in a 108.79 average, one of the best first round performances in the history of the PDC European Tour. Should Darren Webster be worried? If RJ-Rod can repeat the feat, any player in the world would be in bother.
And finally, let’s have a moment to appreciate Glen Durrant. The Middlesbrough ace won’t play on Saturday. He doesn’t need to, because James Wade’s withdrawal has booked him a ticket in the last 16. He will meet the winner of the Clayton-Nilsson tie on Sunday.
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Schedule of Play
Saturday May 25
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)
Stephen Bunting v Brendan Dolan
Simon Whitlock v Florian Hempel
Jermaine Wattimena v Danny Noppert
Ricky Evans v Danny van Trijp
Jonny Clayton v Dennis Nilsson
Gerwyn Price v Krzysztof Ratajski
Darren Webster v Rowby-John Rodriguez
Author: Ed McCosh