Dirk van Duijvenbode stuns with impressive win over defending champion Gerwyn Price; Michael van Gerwen also to last 16 in Leverkusen

Dirk van Duijvenbode has qualified for the last sixteen at the European Darts Open with an impressive victory. At the Euro Tour tournament in Leverkusen, he won 6-2 over Gerwyn Price.

The darter from 's-Gravenzande thus took a nice revenge on Price. The Welshman had beaten Van Duijvenbode 8-7 in the final of this tournament last year, after the Dutchman had missed several matchdarts.

Price now managed to win two of the first three legs, but with an 11-darter and a 15-darter Van Duijvenbode took over the lead. With a 17-darter and an 80 finish 'Aubergenius' then extended his lead to 5-2. Van Duijvenbode then finished the job with a 16-dart leg. The two-time major finalist recorded an average of 102.58 and a 67 checkout percentage.

Van Duijvenbode is joined at the last sixteen by Michael van Gerwen, as the 35-year-old from Vlijmen also managed to join the last sixteen. He won 6-4 over Dylan Slevin in the second round.

Van Gerwen needed only a break in the first leg to topple the Irishman. In the second and sixth leg Slevin had chances to post a rebreak, but failed. Van Gerwen secured victory with a 78 finish in the tenth leg.

Danny Noppert failed to reach the third round of the European Darts Open. The Freeze' went down 6-5 against Owen Bates. Noppert was leading 5-3 and was also allowed to start the last leg, but his only match darts came in the tenth leg. He then missed three matchdarts before he paid the highest price with a defeat to Bates.

The clash between Rob Cross and Michael Smith turned into a huge setback. Both players threw an average of under ninety; 85 for Cross and 89 for Smith. 'Bullyboy' won the match easily with 6-0.

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