Euro Tour Roundup – Seeds fall on day 2 in Trier
At the Interwetten European Darts Matchplay on Saturday, Dimitri Van den Bergh continued his recent success with an emphatic second round victory as ten seeds were eliminated in Trier.
With World Series of Darts triumphs in Copenhagen and Amsterdam, Van den Bergh had a fantastic month of June. Against Florian Hempel, he made a remarkable start to his quest for his first European Tour victory.
In a 6-2 victory over the German star, the Belgian averaged 110.83, starting with a 152 checkout and finishing with eight 180s and a ten-darter in a commanding performance.
Damon Heta, the Australian World Cup winner, defeated Callan Rydz 6-4 after falling behind 4-3 in their second-round encounter. He will now play Van den Bergh in the third round on Sunday afternoon.
Runner-up in the Premier League The World Grand Prix winner Jonny Clayton was eliminated 6-4 by rising talent Scott Williams, and Joe Cullen suffered the price for failing to win the match against Ian White, who advanced in a final leg.
Other seeded that fell in a crucial leg on Saturday night included Daryl Gurney, Martin Schindler, and Dirk van Duijvenbode. Gabriel Clemens, Madars Razma, and Jeffrey de Zwaan took advantage to advance.
German Lukas Wenig won 6-4 over Chris Dobey by adding a match-winning 167 checkout to an earlier 170 checkout, much to the joy of the Trier audience.
Martin Lukeman, who reached the final of the European Tour earlier this year, defeated Ryan Searle 6-4, Wesley Plaisier eliminated Jose de Sousa with just one leg remaining, and Luke Woodhouse defeated Krzysztof Ratajski, the top-ranked player in Poland, 6-3.
James Wilson missed four match darts before Rob Cross won their tie with a score of 104, and Stephen Bunting defeated Sebastian Bialecki, a young Polish player, in another 11-leg nail-biter with a score of 110.
On Sunday afternoon, Nathan Aspinall surged past Williams to draw the match after pulling away from a two-all tie and reeling off four straight legs.
Three-time European Tour champion Luke Humphries overcame Cameron Menzies’ high average to win 6-4 and go to the next round.
2022 Interwetten European Darts Matchplay
Saturday July 2
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Rob Cross 6-5 James Wilson
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Jermaine Wattimena
Stephen Bunting 6-5 Sebastian Bialecki
Damon Heta 6-4 Callan Rydz
Martin Lukeman 6-4 Ryan Searle
Wesley Plaisier 6-1 Jose de Sousa
Lukas Wenig 6-4 Chris Dobey
Luke Humphries 6-4 Cameron Menzies
Scott Williams 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-2 Gerwyn Price
Ian White 6-5 Joe Cullen
Madars Razma 6-5 Martin Schindler
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Florian Hempel
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Sunday July 3
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Rowby-John Rodriguez v Gabriel Clemens
Nathan Aspinall v Scott Williams
Wesley Plaisier v Madars Razma
Rob Cross v Luke Woodhouse
Martin Lukeman v Stephen Bunting
Damon Heta v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Luke Humphries v Lukas Wenig
Ian White v Jeffrey de Zwaan
Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)