Peter Wright was the highest profile casualty on day two of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy.

The World Matchplay champion ran into an inspired Callan Rydz, who beat Snakebite 6-3 to secure his place in the 2021 European Championship.

Elsewhere, Michael van Gerwen defeated Rob Cross, while Hungarian Darts Trophy winner Gerwyn Price beat Florian Hempel.

The line up for next month’s Euros were also confirmed, with Premier League winner Jonny Clayton the biggest name to miss out on the event in Salzburg.

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Peter Wright ran into an inspired Callan Rydz on day two of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy. Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Wright out but rest of top four through

From the moment the match began, Rydz was in excellent form. He took out a magnificent 170 to win the opening leg, before Wright reeled off two legs to go in front. However, three 13 dart legs, and a 12 darter, saw The Riot take a 5-2 lead, before hitting tops for a 50 checkout in the ninth leg to win 6-3. Rydz’s reward is a tie against Brendan Dolan, who beat Mervyn King 6-1.

Van Gerwen beat Cross by the same scoreline, in which the world number three continued his good form after winning his first title of the year in Copenhagen last weekend. The Green Machine went 3-0 in front, and kept the break until the end, hitting an 11 dart leg to round off the victory. Van Gerwen will take on fellow Dutchman Danny Noppert in round three, after he saw off Andreas Harrysson 6-2.

Price came through 6-1 against Hempel, in a game where the world number one was barely tested. He faces Damon Heta, who beat Adam Hunt 6-3.

World number four James Wade had to come through a last leg decider against Boris Krcmar, hitting double five to win the game. He takes on Gabriel Clemens, who inflicted a 6-3 defeat on Devon Petersen.

Gabriel Clemens winning on day ten of the World Darts Championship
Gabriel Clemens beat Devon Petersen to qualify for the European Championship. Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Smith-Neale seals European Championship place

Adam Smith-Neale was the surprise of the day in Gibraltar. He came through against Clayton 6-4 to secure a place in Salzburg next month at the The Ferret’s expense. He’ll have a chance to increase his seeding tomorrow, when he faces Krzysztof Ratajski. The Polish Eagle beat Ryan Searle 6-3.

Adam Smith-Neale beat Jonny Clayton to seal a place at the European Championship.

Ted Evetts also secured a place in the European Championship, beating Dirk van Duijvenbode in a tense last leg decider. SuperTed will take on Simon Whitlock tomorrow, after The Wizard cast a spell on Michael Smith to win 6-2.

Despite losing 6-3 to Nathan Aspinall, Ritchie Edhouse sneaked into the final qualifying spot for the Euros. Aspinall will be looking for his first title of 2021 tomorrow, and will play number one seed Joe Cullen in round three, after The Rockstar came through 6-1 against Joe Murnan.

Finally, Jose De Sousa produced a whitewash against Kenny Neyens to make round three. He will face Mensur Suljovic on Sunday afternoon, after The Gentle defeated Kim Huybrechts in a last leg decider.

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Jose De Sousa won against Kenny Neyens 6-0, the only whitewash of the day. Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Gibraltar Darts Trophy Day Two Results

Afternoon Session

Ted Evetts 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Brendan Dolan 6-1 Mervyn King

Danny Noppert 6-2 Andreas Harrysson

Damon Heta 6-3 Adam Hunt

Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Kim Huybrechts

Simon Whitlock 6-2 Michael Smith

James Wade 6-5 Boris Krcmar

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Ryan Searle

Evening Session

Adam Smith-Neale 6-4 Jonny Clayton

Jose de Sousa 6-0 Kenny Neyens

Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Devon Petersen

Callan Rydz 6-3 Peter Wright

Gerwyn Price 6-1 Florian Hempel

Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Rob Cross

Joe Cullen 6-1 Joe Murnan

Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Ritchie Edhouse

Gibraltar Darts Trophy Day Three Schedule of Play

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Simon Whitlock v Ted Evetts

Callan Rydz v Brendan Dolan

Adam Smith-Neale v Krzysztof Ratajski

Jose De Sousa v Mensur Suljovic

Gerwyn Price v Damon Heta

Michael van Gerwen v Danny Noppert

James Wade v Gabriel Clemens

Joe Cullen v Nathan Aspinall

Evening Session

Quarter Finals (Best of 11 legs)

Semi Finals (Best of 13 legs)

Final (Best of 15 legs)