Cross beats Dolan as Van den Bergh and Cullen also secure wins on day one of Masters
Dimitri Van den Bergh put in a sensational performance on day one of the Ladbrokes Masters.
Dimitri wasn’t the only favourite to come through in the opening round with Rob Cross and Ryan Searle defeating Brendan Dolan and Mervyn King respectively.
Elsewhere, day one of the Ladbrokes Masters saw:
- Dave Chisnall, Luke Humphries and Joe Cullen ease to victories
- Ratajski won a last leg shoot out against Clemens
Dancing Dimitri powers past White
Dimitri Van den Bergh fired in a 167 on his way to a 6-1 over Ian White. Dimitri averaged 105.31 in a first round masterclass.
Dimi didn’t make the crowd wait long for the big checkout, firing in the 167 with a Ian White sat on a checkout, to break in leg one. The breaks continued in the next two legs.
The first hold came the way of the Belgian, who fired in seven perfect darts on his way to a 14 dart leg. This came before another ton plus checkout, this time a 108 from The DreamMaker to move just two away.
Dimitri clinched the win with ease by winning the next two legs and booking his place in the last 16.
Dimi will play the current Masters Champion, Jonny Clayton on Saturday evening.
Rob Cross defeats Brendan Dolan
Rob Cross eases past Brendan Dolan with a 6-2 victory to set up a last 16 tie against The Special One.
The slow start from Brendan was punished by Rob Cross who took the first three legs.
Brendan was then able to hold with his next two throws but it wasn’t enough, and Cross won the game with a 88 average.
Rob Cross will return to the Milton Keynes first game tomorrow afternoon when he will take on Jose de Sousa.
Searle sets up tie with World Number one
Ryan Searle eased past Mervyn King with two ton plus checkouts to set up a mouthwatering Saturday night encounter with Gerwyn Price.
Both players started the game slowly but it was Heavy Metal who took an early 3-0 lead. Mervyn King got his only leg on the board in leg four, however Searle regained his three leg lead by dominating the fifth leg.
It was the last two legs when we saw the ton plus checkouts from Heavy Metal. The penultimate leg was a 118 checkout, however he saved the best till last firing in a 156 checkout to win it and knock out last years runner up.
What else happened on day one of the Ladbrokes Masters?
Luke Humphries defeats the out of form Devon Petersen 6-1 to set up a clash with Michael van Gerwen on Saturday evening.
Dave Chisnall whitewashed Stephen Bunting in the second game of the night. That game followed a 11 leg nail biter which saw Krzysztof Ratajski punish seven missed match darts by Gabriel Clemens to progress to Saturday’s action.
Joe Cullen Reeled off the last four legs to defeat Daryl Gurney 6-2 to set up a tie with Gary Anderson. Simon Whitlock completed the second round line up with a 6-2 over Dirk van Duijvenbode.
Masters Day One Results
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Stephen Bunting
Ryan Searle 6-1 Mervyn King
Rob Cross 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Ian White
Joe Cullen 6-2 Daryl Gurney
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Luke Humphries 6-1 Devon Petersen
Masters Day Two Schedule
Saturday January 29
Afternoon Session (1245 GMT)
Jose de Sousa v Rob Cross
Gary Anderson v Joe Cullen
Michael Smith v Krzysztof Ratajski
James Wade v Dave Chisnall
Evening Session (1900 GMT)
Jonny Clayton v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Gerwyn Price v Ryan Searle
Peter Wright v Simon Whitlock
Michael van Gerwen v Luke Humphries