Damon Heta, Luke Humphries and Michael van Gerwen were the stand out performers on the second day of the Baltic Sea Darts Open in Kiel with all three amongst the players posting ton plus averages.

Luke Humphries and Michael van Gerwen both picked up from Thursday’s Premier League final with demolishing performances in their second round matches in Kiel. Humphries who won Thursday’s night Premier League averaged over 103 in defeating Sebastian Bialecki 6-1. Cool hand Luke took out an impressive 142 whilst hitting 3 180’s. After securing his place in the Premier League play-offs after making the final on Thursday Michael van Gerwen showed his form as he hit the highest average of the round with a staggering 107.78. With 3 180’s and over 50% on his doubles he comfortably beat fellow Dutch Darter Wessel Nijman who missed 6 darts at a double but was often 3 darts behind MvG.

The performance of the afternoon went to Australia’s number 1, Damon Heta who averaged over 104 in a high scoring contest with Gian van Veen. The Dutch star himself registering a ton plus average in a 6-4 defeat. Heta hit 4 180’s and 60% of his doubles on his way to victory.

Damon Heta hit ‘4’ maximus in his win over Gian van Veen

But there were other notable performances throughout the day. Rob Cross didn’t take long to get over his Quarter-Final defeat against Luke Humphries in Thursday’s premier league as he made it through to finals day in Kiel. Voltage outscored his opponent hitting 3 maximums and a 102.59 average as he defeated Maik Kuivenhoven 6-2. Despite finding himself 4-1 down against five time champion of the world Raymond van Barneveld, Danny Noppert fought back to defeat his fellow Dutch darter 6-5. Both players averaged over 100 and there was nothing to separate them in the stats – with Noppert keeping his cool in the decider having won the bull in the back room.

The European Tour love story continues

In years to come this story might be sold to Hollywood as a romantic comedy – the story of Ritchie Edhouse and the European Tour. It feels like at every event Madhouse’s exploits make the news and the Baltic Sea Darts Open is no different. Playing against the only Welshman in the draw Jonny Clayton, Edhouse found himself 4-1 up. Despite the Ferret clawing his way back to lead 5-4 and throwing for the match and missing 3 match darts – Edhouse broke in the 10th leg before cleaning up 25 in the decider having missed the 170 checkout. This is the fourth European Tour event on the bounce Ritchie Edhouse has made it through to finals day.

4 in a row for Edhouse
Ritchie Edhouse makes finals day for the 4th event in a row.

Another player who has been enjoying his time on the European stage this season is Stephen Bunting – and that wasn’t changing today. Despite being outscored by Andy Baetens in the 180’s column he found himself 3-0 and 5-1 up. Despite Baetens starting a mini fightback the damage was done with Bunting eventually getting over the line 6-3 courtesy of a 120 checkout.

Host nation qualifier makes it to finals day

Franz Roetzsch gave the home crowd something to cheer about in the very first game of the afternoon after securing his place in Sunday’s finals day after defeating Josh Rock 6-3. After recovering from 2-0 down the German was able to maintain a lead throughout eventually taking out 74 against the darts to win it. Rock will be disappointed with his doubling stats only hitting 3 out of a possible 18 shots at the double.

Roetzsch will be joined by compatriot Ricardo Pietreczko on finals day after Pikachu got the better of the other host nation qualifier Moritz Hilger in the final game of the afternoon. Pietreczko wasted no time in demolishing his opponent 6-0 with an 89 average. Despite an under par average he restricted his opponent to only 2 darts at the double.

Afternoon round-up

Elsewhere in the afternoon there were wins for Daryl Gurney, Ryan Searle, Ross Smith and Joe Cullen.

Daryl Gurney got the better of Dirk van Duijvenbode by a scoreline of 6-3. Despite the Dutch star registering the higher average his last competitive win came on the 9th of April. Superchin averaged 91 and hit a highest checkout of 126. Joe Cullen booked his place in Sunday’s last 16 after beating James Wade by the same score of 6-3. Cullen who lost out in the Austrian Darts Open final against Luke Littler made the perfect start in the Baltic Sea Darts Open hitting a maximum and 50% of his doubles on his way to victory.

Ross Smith made his way into finals day again at an European Tour event this year after defeating Luke Woodhouse 6-4. Both players exchanged some heavy scoring which saw them share 9 180’s and the only break of throw coming in the 10th leg. Smith on his way to victory averaged just below 100. The other match of the afternoon was the only one to go the distance as Ryan Searle came out on top against Jermaine Wattimena. Despite the Machine Gun leading 4-2 and 5-3 he was unable to get over the line as Searle won 3 legs on the bounce to book his place in the last 16 on Sunday.

Evening round-up

Elsewhere Peter Wright’s woes in 2024 continued once again this time at the hands of 2023 UK Open Champion Andrew Gilding. Snakebite rooted to the bottom of the Premier League with only 2 wins in the campaign was comfortably beaten 6-2 by Goldfinger. Andrew Gilding won 5 straight legs to go 5-1 up and got over the line with a 94 average.

Mike De Decker hit outshots of 151, 135 and 120 in his victory.

The last game of the night threw up a surprise. Top seed Dave Chisnall was cruising ahead leading 5-2 against Madras Razma only for the Latvian star to win 4 legs on the bounce and squeeze through to finals day. Despite being outscored in the stats Razma took out 111 in the 10th leg to force a decider with Chisnall sitting on a 2 dart finish. The other match in the evening session also went all the way to the last leg with Mike De Decker getting over the line against Krzysztof Ratajski. In a game that saw 7 breaks of throw it was the the Belgian star who made it through breaking in the deciding leg. The Polish Eagle missed two match darts but De Decker’s 3 ton plus finishes secured his place in the last 16.

 

Baltic Sea Darts Open Round 2 results

Afternoon session

Franz Roetzsch 6|3 Josh Rock
Daryl Gurney 6|3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Ryan Searle 6|5 Jermaine Wattimena
Ross Smith 6|4 Luke Woodhouse
Damon Heta 6|4 Gian van Veen
Joe Cullen 6|3 James Wade
Rob Cross 6|2 Maik Kuivenhoven
Ricardo Pietreczko 6|0 Moritz Hilger

Evening session

Ritchie Edhouse 6|5 Jonny Clayton
Danny Noppert 6|5 Raymond van Barneveld
Andrew Gilding 6|2 Peter Wright
Luke Humphries 6|1 Sebastian Bialecki
Michael van Gerwen 6|2 Wessel Nijman
Mike De Decker 6|5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Stephen Bunting 6|3 Andy Baetens
Madras Razma 6|5 Dave Chisnall