Michael Smith is safely into round two of the Players Championship Finals after a 6-1 thrashing of Martin Schindler.
The pair met recently in the Grand Slam; in Wolverhampton, a flurry of missed chances by Schindler helped Smith towards the win. History repeated itself in Minehead, though this time, the Players Championship Finals 11th seed was a lot more comfortable.
The Bully Boy averaged just 88 and had no checkouts higher than 40, but Schindler’s ten missed darts at a double handed him a second-round tie with Brendan Dolan.
On Stage Two, Danny Noppert had a much harder time of things against Ryan Searle. The Englishman cruised into a 5-2 lead, and looked set to claim a big scalp. But a serious drop in form – plus 101 and 137 checkouts for Noppert – took the game into a deciding leg.
It was the World Series Finals runner-up who held his nerve to strike double six and go into round two.
Dave Chisnall beat Matthew Edgar 6-2 to claim his spot in Saturday’s play. Edgar, averaging 74, lost out on a chance to save his Tour Card. Devon Petersen, also chasing important ranking money, fell to a 6-4 defeat against Ian White in the last game of the afternoon session.
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Players Championship Finals 2019 results
Day One, afternoon session
Dimitri Van den Bergh (89.65) 2-6 (94.55) Stephen Bunting
Jose de Sousa (91.09) 6-3 (91.91) James Richardson
Glen Durrant (94.45) 6-2 (84.31) Scott Baker
Max Hopp (87.84) 6-3 (87.11) Jelle Klaasen
Chris Dobey (94.55) 6-1 (86.06) Cristo Reyes
Jeffrey de Zwaan (98.29) 5-6 (93.96) Simon Whitlock
Michael Smith (88.2) 6-1 (81.49) Martin Schindler
Ian White (96.97) 6-4 (97.85) Devon Petersen
Harry Ward (90.31) 5-6 (90.95) Darius Labanauskas
Justin Pipe (94.61) 5-6 (101.05) Mervyn King
Brendan Dolan (91.45) 6-1 (76.9) Ross Smith
John Henderson (95.75) 6-5 (93.33) Ryan Joyce
Keegan Brown (86.34) 6-3 (85.04) Andy Boulton
Steve Beaton (88.71) 5-6 (87.65) Ricky Evans
Danny Noppert (99.48) 6-5 (91.08) Ryan Searle
Dave Chisnall (93.12) 6-2 (74.19) Matthew Edgar
Tags: Danny Noppert, Dave Chisnall, Devon Petersen, Ian White, Martin Schindler, Matthew Edgar, Michael Smith, PDC, Players Championship Finals 2019, Ryan Searle
Michael Smith is comfortable in a 6-1 victory over Martin Schindler!
LAST UP 📺 Ian White v Devon Petersen pic.twitter.com/BYbMYTwwiu
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) November 22, 2019
Author: Ed McCosh