The rest of Round 2 was completed this evening in Riesa and Mensur Suljovic started his defence of the International Darts Open 2017 by defeating William O’Connor, Josh Payne shocked Rob Cross, Alan Norris dumped out home favourite Max Hopp and Simon Whitlock won the All-Aussie affair in the last game of the night.

First of all, Josh Payne continued his return to form by dispatching another seed and one of the favourites for the title Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross. The Gravesend star defeated Cross 6-4 and survived a late match comeback from the new star of the PDC to advance to play Ron Meulenkamp tomorrow!

Mensur Suljovic got through winning 6-3 to start the defence of his International Darts Open title against William O’Connor. He will play Gerwyn Price and showed no rustiness in a hotly contested affair despite winning the Champions League last weekend.

Alan Norris returned to form dumping out home favourite Max Hopp 6-1. ‘Chuck’ averaged 105 second only to Joe Cullen today and made light work of the ‘Maximiser’ who couldn’t use the crowd to his advantage.

Simon Whitlock made sure there wasn’t another seed out to end the night by defeating Kyle Anderson 6-4. ‘The Wizard averaged 100 in a good win for the number 3 seed and Whitlock as a result will face Mervyn King tomorrow.

Rob Cross (92.82) 4 (11) 6 (94.39) Josh Payne

Mensur Suljovic (102.32) 6 (11) 3 (96) William O’Connor

Alan Norris (105.06) 6 (11) 1 (87.91) Max Hopp

Simon Whitlock (100.95) 6 (11) 4 (94.97) Kyle Anderson


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Author: Samuel Gill