We’re into round two of the European Darts Matchplay, and it’s time to bring on the seeds.
First among them is Dave Chisnall, the fourth seed thanks to some strong European performances. His heavy scoring might make things tough for opponent Ryan Meikle. The Development Tour star started his European Darts Matchplay with a win over Brett Claydon, averaging 89. Unless he has a major off-day, Chizzy will post much higher numbers.
Jonny Clayton will be under pressure in game two. He plays Scott Taylor who, across BDO and PDC darts, has got himself in good nick. That’s followed by 19-year-old Bradley Brooks, fresh off defying a ton-plus average from Mark McGeeney, facing up to James Wade.
Two literal giants of the game face off next; Dirk van Duijvenbode and Adrian Lewis will pose a heavyweight challenge to the other. Glen Durrant has come a long way in a short time. Not long ago he was a European Tour rookie, and now he’s a seed at the European Darts Matchplay. Cody Harris, whose PDC career trajectory is slightly more gradual but also promising, will pose a challenge.
Wehder on giant-killing mission
Daryl Gurney won’t have it easy in Mannheim. He plays John Henderson, whose 101.72 average in a 6-3 success over Ryan Joyce was the best performance on Friday, statistically speaking. After that Simon Stevenson has the chance for revenge over Gerwyn Price, the man who ended his UK Open run at the quarter-final stage.
It’s a real David versus Goliath in the last game of the session. Rob Cross, the former world champion and current World Matchplay champion, is in one corner. In the other is Marvin Wehder, who played his first ever European Tour match yesterday. It went well, too; Dennis Nilsson was well beaten. Should the 22-year-old German somehow win, it’d be up there with the European Tour’s biggest ever shocks.
European Darts Matchplay schedule
Saturday afternoon session
Dave Chisnall v Ryan Meikle
Jonny Clayton v Scott Taylor
James Wade v Bradley Brooks
Adrian Lewis v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Glen Durrant v Cody Harris
Daryl Gurney v John Henderson
Gerwyn Price v Simon Stevenson
Rob Cross v Marvin Wehder
Author: Ed McCosh