Christian Kist edged past Justin van Tergouw who was making his debut on the Euro Tour, Nathan Aspinall impressed defeating Nordic and Baltic qualifier Ulf Ceder and there was also wins for Mike de Decker and to round off the afternoon session of the Dutch Darts Masters.
Justin van Tergouw the Dutch sensation seen as the next MVG potentially faced Christian Kist in the first round in his first ever appearance on the Euro Tour and probably not his last. The young Dutchman lost in the deciding leg against the former Lakeside Champion with Kist recovering from 3-1 and 5-4 down to set up a tie against Kim Huybrechts and send JVT packing.
Following that it was the former World Youth runner up Nathan Aspinall taking on the Nordic and Baltic qualifier who had a great run a few months back in Sindelfingen, Ulf Ceder.
It was the Stockport native who came from 4-2 down to complete a 6-4 victory to overcome a tricky test potentially in the Finn. This sets up a clash with Benito van de Pas in the 2nd round tomorrow and goes into it having hit 5 180’s and 95 average which meant he put in one of the top performances of the afternoon session.
In what could of been the game of the afternoon session, Richard North who has been very impressive this year against the young Belgian Mike de Decker.
It was the young Belgian who defeated the Mouth of the South by 6 legs to 3. The player who calls himself The Real Deal lived up to his moniker by hitting a 96 average with 6/9 on the doubles and a high checkout of 104 to set up a match against Alan Norris tomorrow that could prove to be a win for de Decker considering Norris’ recent form and also him blowing hot and cold but that is for round 2.
To round off the afternoon session was the former World Championship finalist ‘The Karate Kid’ Kirk Shepherd who has actually played pretty well this year since regaining his tour card and the ‘Maximiser’ Max Hopp the former World Youth Champion who has been the opposite and will be hoping to get back into form with a win against Shepherd. It was the Englishman who got through defeating Hopp by 6 legs to 4 with 67% on the doubles as well as a 91 average to Hopp’s 100 to set up a tie against ‘The Wizard’ Simon Whitlock in the second round.
Round up of the results from the second half of the afternoon session :
Justin Van Tergouw (88.59) 5 (11) 6 (89.64) Christian Kist
Nathan Aspinall (95.66) 6 (11) 4 (86.96) Ulf Ceder
Richard North (87.85) 3 (11) 6 (96) Mike De Decker
Kirk Shepherd (91.31) 6 (11) 4 (100.01) Max Hopp
Author: Samuel Gill