The next three players through at the European Darts Matchplay have been confirmed with Mensur Suljovic, Michael van Gerwen and Krzysztof Ratajski.
Suljovic saw off Kim Huybrechts in a 6-1 win which for the most part he was on course for a whitewash. The Austrian Darts Championship winner only hit 1 180 but four 140’s. His doubling stats though were the real difference with 6/13.
Van Gerwen similarly was clinical on the doubles pouncing on some poor stats from Smith who despite averaging more than him only hit 22 percent of his chances compared to 60. This meant that he lost out in a 6-2 defeat.
Ratajski’s win was less clean cut with a 6-5 win over Keegan Brown where he averaged 96 but had problems on his doubles only hitting 31 percent.
Brown hit 50 percent but missed out in the end with it going to a last leg decider which ‘The Polish Eagle’ held his nerve to see off the Isle of Wight ace.
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European Darts Matchplay 2019 schedule
Saturday evening session
Ricky Evans (88.13) 6-3 (83.55) Karsten Koch
Ian White (98.55) 6-3 (96.14) Gabriel Clemens
Krzysztof Ratajski (96.17) 6-5 (93.89) Keegan Brown
Michael van Gerwen (95.13) 6-2 (97.49) Michael Smith
Mensur Suljovic (101.97) 6-1 (97.16) Kim Huybrechts
Peter Wright v William O’Connor
Nathan Aspinall v Wayne Jones
Joe Cullen v Jamie Hughes
Author: Samuel Gill