James Wade got through his opening game against Simon Stevenson but was made to fight for it. Wade who hasn’t been in the best form as of late but showed his precision in Dusseldorf a few weeks back was taken to a decider by the Mirror Man who was 5-2 down at one point and Wade missed 4 match darts but it is ‘The Machine’ who used his experience to get through.
Facing him next is Dimitri van den Bergh who dumped out Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 with a second consecutive ton plus average which included multiple 9 dart attempts and a ten darter to finish as well as five 180’s in a polished performance from the young Belgian which is good news for Luke Humphries who is now further ahead in the Development Tour race as ‘The Dreammaker’ won’t make the concluding tournaments tomorrow.

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Author: Samuel Gill