Van Duijvenbode completes debut win at World Grand Prix over out of sorts Suljovic, Noppert comes from set down to see off Searle
Suljovic hit 5/24 throughout the tie and despite Van Duijvenbode himself only hitting 6/23, he held the edge on the scoring with 10 140’s to 2 from ‘The Gentle’.
To begin the tie, it was an astonishing 16 missed darts from Suljovic in the opening set as Van Duijvenbode claimed it 3-1 despite an average of just 70.
Suljovic coasted to the second set without reply as he aimed to reestablish himself in the tie but Van Duijvenbode led in the decider with a break of throw. He broke back but a 15 darter with Suljovic well back saw Van Duijvenbode go one away and he completed the tie from there.
Danny Noppert began the night with a 2-1 sets win over Ryan Searle coming from a set down to become the first player through to the second round at the World Grand Prix.
Searle had a superb start to proceedings sweeping the opening set in consecutive legs to make it 1-0. This included a 112 checkout for first blood against Noppert who was an outside bet for many going into tonight.
Noppert returned well though coasting to the second set without reply to make it 1-1 including a 110 checkout to start it off and ask the question of ‘Heavy Metal’.
Searle stopped the rot with double 20 to take the first leg of the deciding set but Noppert produced a 127 checkout to make it 1-1.
Following that, he was suddenly one away with a third 180 and double six to make it 2-1. He concluded it with a 50 checkout which was a 15 darter to make it 3-1 and conclude the tie.
World Grand Prix 2020 schedule
Tuesday October 6
Danny Noppert (89.01) 2-1 (82.15) Ryan Searle (0-3, 3-0, 3-1)
Mensur Suljovic (71.43) 1-2 (72.98) Dirk van Duijvenbode (1-3, 3-0, 1-3)
Jose De Sousa v Devon Petersen
James Wade v Mervyn King
Rob Cross v Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen v Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael Smith v Dimitri Van den Bergh