Daryl Gurney and Simon Whitlock both progressed into the second round of the European Championships last night after defeating Willie O’Connor and Adrian Lewis respectively.
Whitlock averaged just shy of 100 and hit a lethal 67% success rate on the doubles to defeat the former two-time World champion 6-1.
Gurney closed the night’s matches against Willie O’Connor, with Daryl rattling in 5 maximums on the way to a 6-4 win.
Opening the night’s games, Mervyn King suffered a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Joe Cullen as “The Rockstar” capitalised on King’s missed doubles.
Elsewhere Jonny Clayton whitewashed reigning champion James Wade 6-0, hitting an astonishing 111.33 average and Michael van Gerwen was shocked by Ross Smith 6-5.
Dave Chisnall, Dimitri van den Bergh and Rob Cross all also advanced into Round 2.
The tournament continues today at 12.45 local time (11.45 UK Time) with another 8 matches to complete the second round line-up before the next round gets underway tonight.
Thursday October 24
Joe Cullen 6-2 Mervyn King
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Ricky Evans 6-5 Glen Durrant
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Adrian Lewis
Rob Cross 6-3 Darren Webster
Jonny Clayton 6-0 James Wade
Ross Smith 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Daryl Gurney 6-4 William O'Connor
Friday October 25
Afternoon Session (1245 local time, 1145 BST)
Jamie Hughes v Jermaine Wattimena
Keegan Brown v Stephen Bunting
Krzysztof Ratajski v Chris Dobey
Nathan Aspinall v Steve Beaton
Mensur Suljovic v Vincent van der Voort
Ian White v Michael Smith
Peter Wright v Jeffrey de Zwaan
Gerwyn Price v Ted Evetts
Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
Joe Cullen v Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney v Simon Whitlock
Dave Chisnall v Jonny Clayton
Ross Smith v Ricky Evans
Photography courtesy PDC Europe, Kais Bodensieck