The Easter Sunday afternoon session at the German Darts Grand Prix on the PDC European Tour was brought to a close in Munich by wins for Nathan Aspinall and Jose de Sousa over Cameron Menzies and Steve Beaton.
It was Cameron Menzies, looking for a first career win over 5th seed Nathan Aspinall who took the opening leg, holding throw. The Asp fired straight back with a comfortable hold of his own, getting himself on the board and levelling the match at one apiece.
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After Menzies wasted a chance to take the third leg, Aspinall pounced, punishing his opponent with a wonderful 146 checkout finished on double 16. When the Asp missed the bull for leg four it was Menzies opportunity to punish. After straying into the 1 when going for 120 his chance was over however and Aspinall led 3-1.
More messing around on the outer ring from Menzies in leg five and Aspinall was once again there to punish ruthlessly taking 80 out in two darts to extend his lead yet further. A fourth straight leg for the Asp followed leaving him just one away from a place in round 3.
Menzies would keep himself alive though thanks to a double 4 hit last dart in hand and a few moments later he had another leg in the bag, pulling it back to 5-3. The comeback stopped there sadly for the Scotsman however, Aspinall securing a 6-3 victory on double 7 and booking himself a spot in the third round.
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Two former European Tour winners finished off the afternoon session with 16th seed Jose de Sousa taking on Steve Beaton. The Bronzed Adonis took to the front early on, breaking his Portuguese opponents throw in the opener but three missed darts for the second leg allowed de Sousa to level things up.
De Sousa returned the gift to Beaton in leg 3, missing numerous darts for the hold of throw and allowing Beaton to pin double 9 and regain the lead. The run of breaks continued with the Special One breaking straight back at 2-2 before taking the first successful hold of the match to lead 3-2.
Five darts for a level game came and went for Beaton and de Sousa punished to extend his advantage to two clear legs at 4-2. A comfortable hold for de Sousa followed, rounding off a 50 checkout on double top, last dart in hand and suddenly he was just a leg away from the win. With Beaton missing a dart at double 12 to prolong the tie, de Sousa secured the win.