Williams silences pro-Schindler crowd and a returning Humphries is victorious as round 2 at the German Darts Grand Prix comes to a close

Closing out the Easter Sunday action at the German Darts Grand Prix in Munich Jim Williams and Luke Humphries were the players to successfully book their place in the third round courtesy of victories over Martin Schindler and Jeffrey de Zwaan.

With the final remaining German hope, Martin Schindler taking on Jim Williams, a raucous Munich crowd was desperate to see the Wall succeed and Schindler started in style with a 124 taken on double 11 to secure the opening leg. Impressively firing back, Williams got us back on level terms with a 13-dart break of throw.

A wonderful 167 checkout from the Quiff would then see him hold throw and take the lead for the first time in the match. With Schindler offering little in response, Williams comfortably strolled to a 15-dart hold and extended his lead to two legs at 3-1.

As Williams failed to take out 15, Schindler was gifted a chance to get a hold back in the match with a 106 checkout. Sadly for the German he couldn't manage it and Williams returned to pick up a fourth straight leg, silencing the capacity crowd.

Williams again allowed his opponent an opportunity in leg 6 as he missed double 16 for the leg but again Schindler couldn't punish, missing the bullseye and allowing the Quiff to return and move just a leg away from the win. It wouldn't take Williams long to secure that victory, ending any German hopes of victory in Munich.

The final match of the 2nd round saw Jeffrey de Zwaan up against the returning number one seed Luke Humphries, the winner of the German Darts Grand Prix twelve months ago. Humphries had missed last week's European Tour event following an illness and was clearly keen to make up for lost time, nailing 98 in two darts to break throw in the opening leg.

Leg 2 saw de Zwaan miss three clear darts to get on the board and he was duly punished by Cool Hand Luke who then followed up with a classy 11-darter to go 3-0 up. The Dutchman would finally get on the board in leg 4 courtesy of a double 4.

Humphries though wouldn't be denied, regaining his three-leg lead with a brilliantly taken 90 on double 5 before moving a leg away from the match thanks to an 11-dart leg closed out on double 16. Despite numerous missed darts on the outer ring in leg 7, de Zwaan eventually managed to crawl over the line and keep the match going at 5-2. The writing was on the cards though and a comfortable 15-dart hold of throw was enough to Humphries to seal a 6-2 win.

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