King produces stunning display to dispel Durrant, Cross eases past Heta
The action continues at the Belgian Darts Championship with Krzysztof Ratajski, Mervyn King and Rob Cross all through to the final day in Hasselt.
Ratajski produced a stunning display on the finishing to defeat Gabriel Clemens in a 6-2 win in one of the top ties picked out before the day began and it did not disappoint.
'The Polish Eagle' hit 60 percent on his double equating to 6/10 compared to Clemens who hit 40 percent (2/5) in a match that after being tied up at 1-1, the former rattled through. He hit a high checkout of 112 and two 180's to book his place in Sunday's line-up.
In terms of King, he produced the performance of the tournament so far in a brilliant win over Glen Durrant. 'The King' averaged 106, hitting three 180's with a high checkout of 140 in edging past the Premier League star in a 6-4 win as the Bradwell ace backed up his win over Justin Pipe yesterday emphatically.
Then it was the turn of Cross who eased past Damon Heta, who of course he lost to in the Brisbane Darts Masters final last year. It wasn't the same outcome though with 'Voltage' coming out with a 6-1 win.
The duo were locked in on the scoring averaging 91 and 92 respectively but it was the finishing that saw the former World Champion through with a brilliant 6/11 and a high checkout of 127 on the bull to diminish Heta's hopes.
Heta himself had a 134 checkout but that was the only leg he took hitting 8 percent of his doubles (1/12) en route in a game that he could have won had he been firing on the doubles.
Belgian Darts Championship schedule:
Saturday February 29
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)
Michael Smith (103.28) 6-1 (97.12) Ronny Huybrechts
Joe Cullen (87.46) 3-6 (91.8) Martijn Kleermaker
Krzysztof Ratajski (98.29) 6-2 (94.56) Gabriel Clemens
Glen Durrant (99.91) 4-6 (105.98) Mervyn King
Rob Cross (91.17) 6-1 (92.06) Damon Heta
14:30 Ian White v Dirk van Duijvenbode
15:00 Jermaine Wattimena v Danny Noppert
15:30 James Wade v Steve Lennon