THROWBACK VIDEO: Dekker delights home crowd with stunning victory over two-time world champion Lewis
In 'On this day in ...', Darts News looks back at an event or performance by a player on a particular date. This time a return to May 11 in 2018.
This day was the start date of the Dutch Darts Masters in the IJsselhallen in Zwolle. The Dutch public didn't had too much reason to cheer that day.Jermaine Wattimena won 6-3 against Adam Huckvale, but Jeffrey de Graaf (5-6 against Steve Beaton) and Christian Kist (3-6 against Kyle Anderson) both bowed out in the first round.
There was one more Dutchman in action that Friday night on the 11th of May, namely Jan Dekker. He took on two-time world champion Adrian Lewis, who had beaten Dekker in the first round of the 2016 PDC World Darts Championship. Dekker therefore got a great opportunity for revenge in front of his own audience and the Dutchman took this opportunity with both hands.
With a 13-darter Dekker managed to break his English opponent in the third leg, but Lewis immediately made up the difference. Jackpot led 3-2, before Dekker took over the lead again with an 11-darter follwed by a 52 check-out.
Dekker held the break this time as he doubled the lead to 5-3 via double 8. At 5-4 the Dutchman finished it off with a 13-darter for a magnificent victory over Lewis.