Dutch Darts Masters Third Round
TOP-TEN rivals Michael van Gerwen, Dave Chisnall and Adrian Lewis moved through to the Dutch Darts Masters quarter-finals on Sunday after turning on the style with third round victories as Daryl Gurney knocked out Peter Wright in Venray.
Reigning champion van Gerwen's bid to win a third successive European Tour title in his home country continued as he overcame the challenge of Justin Pipe in a repeat of last year's final.
Pipe hit back from 3-0 down to level at three-all, but van Gerwen found an extra gear to claim the last three legs without reply, extending his tally of 180s to six for the match and ending with a 102.65 average.
Van Gerwen now takes on Betway Premier League rival Chisnall in the quarter-finals, after the St Helens ace also topped a ton-plus average in his 6-2 win over European Tour debutant Ritchie Edhouse.
Essex's Edhouse opened up an early 2-0 lead, landing a 116 finish along the way, but Chisnall hit three successive 14-darters to move ahead and added legs of 12 an 11 darts on his way to victory.
Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis also dropped just two legs as he overcame Terry Jenkins 6-2, and he now faces Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney, who continued his impressive recent form with an eye-catching 6-4 win over Peter Wright.
World number six Wright performed superbly as he took an early 4-1 lead, but Gurney took out finishes of 131 and 100 as he claimed five straight legs to end a fine win with a 105.18 average.
Number two seed Michael Smith landed a 164 checkout during his clash with Mensur Suljovic, but lost out 6-5 in a deciding leg as the Austrian moved through to the event's final session.
Suljovic now takes on Simon Whitlock, whose revival continued as he defeated Dutch ace Jelle Klaasen 6-3 with another resilient display.
Home favourite Benito van de Pas, the emerging youngster who reached a European Tour final last year, delighted a 4,000-strong Venray crowd with a superb 6-1 win over James Wade.
Van de Pas now takes on former European Tour winner Mervyn King, who followed up Saturday's second round win over World Champion Gary Anderson with a 102 average as he defeated South Africa's Devon Petersen 6-2.
The tournament concludes on Sunday evening with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final at the Evenementenhal in Venray.
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Dutch Darts Masters - European Tour Event One
Sunday February 14
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Justin Pipe
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Ritchie Edhouse
Devon Petersen 2-6 Mervyn King
James Wade 1-6 Benito van de Pas
Michael Smith 5-6 Mensur Suljovic
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Terry Jenkins
Peter Wright 4-6 Daryl Gurney
Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall
Mervyn King v Benito van de Pas
Mensur Suljovic v Simon Whitlock
Adrian Lewis v Daryl Gurney
van Gerwen/Chisnall v King/van de Pas
Suljovic/Whitlock v Lewis/Gurney
All games are the best of 11 legs. Sunday's games played in draw bracket order as per Third Round schedule above.
|Ave||180s||High Finish||Ave||180s||High Finish|
|102.65||6||52||Michael van Gerwen||6-3||Justin Pipe||90.90||2||81|
|104.44||4||78||Dave Chisnall||6-2||Ritchie Edhouse||89.15||0||116|
|94.76||2||118||Devon Petersen||2-6||Mervyn King||101.82||1||128|
|100.55||2||50||James Wade||1-6||Benito van de Pas||103.67||1||108|
|95.30||1||164||Michael Smith||5-6||Mensur Suljovic||95.60||1||116|
|91.61||4||112||Simon Whitlock||6-3||Jelle Klaasen||89.65||3||87|
|93.98||1||100||Adrian Lewis||6-2||Terry Jenkins||88.26||0||52|
|103.27||6||100||Peter Wright||4-6||Daryl Gurney||105.18||3||131|