The first darting action since March has began with Day One of the PDC Summer Series seeing Players Championship 9 take place in Milton Keynes. Michael van Gerwen is one player who has kicked off where he left off back in Minehead.

Van Gerwen eased past a potentially tricky test in his first round clash with Ciaran Teehan winning 6-1 with a 14 darter and two 15 darters en route as he was the first to book his place in the second round already.

For Gerwyn Price though who lost out in that final in Minehead to Van Gerwen, it was very nearly curtains. He came back from 5-3 down to defeat Jelle Klaasen 6-5 with ‘The Cobra’s return to action being anticipated after his form before the break and during it in the PDC Home Tour.

It wasn’t to be though and the top seed made it through. As did the likes of Rob Cross who edged past Boris Krcmar who averaged 106 in losing 6-4; as well as James Wade, Ian White and Krzysztof Ratajski – three of the most consistent on the ProTour.

World Champion, Peter Wright is also through as well hitting back-to-back 180’s in the decider to edge past Ron Meulenkamp.

But for Nathan Aspinall who many picked to have a good run on the opening day will head back to the hotel early as he was downed 6-5 in a decider against Niels Zonneveld with a comeback from 4-1 down not paying dividends.

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Results PDC Summer Series
Day One (Players Championship 9) – First Round

Gerwyn Price 6 | 5 Jelle Klaasen
Martijn Kleermaker – | – Geert Nentjes
Steve West – | – Mickey Mansell
Peter Jacques – | – Stephen Bunting
Danny Noppert 6 | 3 Darius Labanauskas
Madars Razma – | – Andrew Gilding
Jose De Sousa – | – Mike De Decker
Cameron Menzies – | – Ross Smith
Michael van Gerwen 6 | 1 Ciaran Teehan
Michael Barnard – | – William Borland
Keegan Brown – | – Matthew Edgar
Callan Rydz – | – Ryan Joyce
James Wade 6 | 3 William O’Connor
Adam Hunt – | – Joe Murnan
Jamie Hughes – | – Martin Atkins (Wigan)
Jonathan Worsley – | – Jeff Smith
Mensur Suljovic 6 | 4 Mark McGeeney
Luke Humphries – | – Chris Dobey
Vincent van der Voort – | – Conan Whitehead
Carl Wilkinson – | – James Hubbard
Andy Boulton 6 | 5 Daryl Gurney
Dirk van Duijvenbode – | – Steve Brown
Jeffrey De Zwaan – | – Robert Thornton
Darren Webster – | – Ted Evetts
Ian White 6 | 2 Nathan Derry
Jan Dekker – | – Rowby-John Rodriguez
Steve Beaton – | – Kai Fan Leung
Luke Woodhouse – | – Arjan Konterman
Brendan Dolan 6 | 5 Adrian Gray
Robert Collins – | – Harald Leitinger
Gabriel Clemens – | – Nick Kenny
Vincent Van der Meer – | – Lisa Ashton
Peter Wright 6 | 5 Ron Meulenkamp
Derk Telnekes – | – Harry Ward
Kim Huybrechts – | – Jitse Van der Wal
James Wilson – | – Gary Blades
Rob Cross 6 | 4 Boris Krcmar
Bradley Brooks – | – Max Hopp
Jermaine Wattimena – | – Josh Payne
Simon Whitlock – | – Christian Bunse
Kirk Shepherd 6 | 5 Joe Cullen
Maik Kuivenhoven – | – Jason Lowe
Dimitri Van den Bergh – | – Andy Hamilton
Mike van Duivenbode – | – Karel Sedlacek
Glen Durrant 6 | 4 Steve Lennon
Alan Tabern – | – Scott Mitchell
Justin Pipe – | – Darren Penhall
Scott Waites – | – Benito van de Pas
Krzysztof Ratajski 6 | 2 Simon Stevenson
John Henderson – | – Krzysztof Kciuk
Ryan Searle – | – Aaron Beeney
Matthew Dennant – | – Martin Schindler
Michael Smith 6 | 5 Ryan Murray
Nathan Rafferty – | – Mervyn King
Adrian Lewis – | – Eddie Lovely
David Pallett – | – Gavin Carlin
Niels Zonneveld 6 | 5 Nathan Aspinall
Graham Usher – | – Ricky Evans
Gary Anderson – | – Matt Clark
Scott Baker – | – Richard North
Dave Chisnall 6 | 1 Jamie Lewis
Devon Petersen – | – Barrie Bates
Jonny Clayton – | – Ryan Meikle
Reece Robinson – | – Wayne Jones

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Author: Samuel Gill