Good news, acronym fans. We have MVG, RVB and VVdV to enjoy at the Dutch Darts Masters on Saturday evening.
First up is BA, or the Bronzed Adonis. Steve Beaton experienced some turbulence but managed to land a win over Alan Norris on Friday. An improved performance will surely be needed if Beaton is to send Dave Chisnall packing at this year’s Dutch Darts Masters.
Ian White is on a high after his recent European Darts Grand Prix title success. But he has to be careful to avoid being blown away by the Clonoe Cyclone – Mickey Mansell was ruthless on the doubles against Kyle Anderson, and the same showing could help him past White.
Max Hopp faced an almighty challenge as Nathan Aspinall fought back to make it 5-5 on Friday, before holding out for the win. It doesn’t exactly get easier for the gangly German, with Joe Cullen awaiting him in round two.
Michael van Gerwen is now the five-time Premier League Darts champion – along with everything else. He’s also won the Dutch Darts Masters five times in a row. Kim Huybrechts was the last player to beat him in Zwolle, all the way back in 2013. Can William O’Connor end Mighty Mike’s incredible run?
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Daryl Gurney didn’t have the best of times at the Premier League Darts play-offs. He’ll want to bounce back in style, and that bid starts against Mervyn King. That’s followed by a meeting between two players who’d happily forget all about the Premier League. Raymond van Barneveld had an eye for a big checkout against Pal Szekely – if he can crack out some more against Michael Smith, he could set up a third round clash against van Gerwen.
Peter Wright’s Dutch Darts Masters bid begins against Ritchie Edhouse, the last player to come through the first round. The second round ends with Mensur Suljovic taking on a Dutch favourite in Vincent van der Voort. The Dutch Destroyer wasn’t at his best on Friday, and Suljovic will be hoping to capitalise if his opponent isn’t sufficiently galvanised.
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Schedule of Play
Saturday May 25
Evening session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)
Dave Chisnall v Steve Beaton
Ian White v Mickey Mansell
Joe Cullen v Max Hopp
Michael van Gerwen v William O’Connor
Daryl Gurney v Mervyn King
Michael Smith v Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright v Ritchie Edhouse
Mensur Suljovic v Vincent van der Voort
Author: Ed McCosh