The shocks continue at the UK Open with Steve Beaton dumping out the defending champion Gary Anderson in a 10-8 win for the ‘Bronzed Adonis’.
Anderson was of course not at 100% and Beaton took it as an opportunity to roll back the years and produce a stunning victory.
With this win and Van Gerwen losing it really makes the title there for the taking and players such as Rob Cross, Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price will be looking on thinking it might be their year.
Raymond van Barneveld is another player to have fallen with him losing to Simon Stevenson. ‘Barney’ once again failed to impress in a major tournament and will be gutted at losing out on some potentially vital ranking money.
Steve Lennon and Jermaine Wattimena are through to tomorrow to continue their impressive starts to 2019 and will be players that will definitely go under the radar but could make a big impact as the weekend goes on.
Speaking of impressive, Jamie Hughes is through as well once again for a second year in a row to the Last 32 and in doing so he avenged his defeat to Ian White twelve months ago.
There is one match to go on each of the boards before the draw takes place for Saturday’s action with Van Gerwen, Anderson and Van Barneveld not involved.
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Friday March 1 – 1900 GMT Start
Joe Cullen (94.8) 6-10 (96.2) Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen (96.7) 6-10 (96.0) Mervyn King
Steve Beaton (98.6) 10-8 (99.9) Gary Anderson
Mensur Suljovic v Peter Wright
Dave Chisnall (98.4) 10-8 (96.5) Luke Humphries
Rob Cross (99.1) 10-4 (96.1) Darren Webster
Raymond van Barneveld (94.0) 7-10 (96.5) Simon Stevenson
Adrian Lewis v Jamie Lewis
Jelle Klaasen (83.8) 4-10 (86.8) Madars Razma
James Wilson (84.3) 1-10 (100.5) James Wade
Stephen Bunting (90.8) 6-10 (92.3) Steve Lennon
Geert Nentjes v Max Hopp
Peter Hudson (90.5) 3-10 (94.1) Kim Huybrechts
Martin Schindler (84.5) 10-7 (87.5) Adam Hunt
Jeffrey de Zwaan (80.7) 2-10 (88.7) Jermaine Wattimena
Benito van de Pas v Gabriel Clemens
Luke Woodhouse (96.1) 10-7 (96.5) Gavin Carlin
Joe Murnan (93.2) 4-10 (99.4) Krzysztof Ratajski
Ricky Evans (85.0) 5-10 (90.6) Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jan Dekker v Simon Whitlock
William O’Connor (89.0) 4-10 (95.1) Keegan Brown
Nathan Aspinall (93.7) 10-9 (94.6) Christian Kist
Jamie Hughes (101.3) 10-5 (100.4) Ian White
Daryl Gurney v Reece Robinson
John Henderson (88.3) 5-10 (95.9) Michael Smith
Josh Payne (97.0) 10-2 (91.3) Kyle Anderson
Jonny Clayton (88.7) 10-3 (90.0) Arron Monk
Mickey Mansell v Scott Taylor
Cristo Reyes (86.3) 10-2 (86.3) Ryan Joyce
Alan Norris (79.7) 5-10 (86.2) Ross Smith
Brendan Dolan (88.7) 4-10 (92.8) Richard North
Ryan Searle v Steve West
Author: Samuel Gill