Hungarian Darts Trophy Day Two Roundup.

Simon Whitlock secured a sixth straight victory over Michael van Gerwen to progress to Finals Day at the Hungarian Darts Trophy, while Jim Williams produced an inspired comeback to deny World Champion Peter Wright a winning return in Budapest.

Evening Round-Up

Top seed Van Gerwen squandered 25 darts at double as his winless run against Whitlock continued, with Australia’s World Cup winner registering a nerveless 13-dart hold in the decider to progress.

Meanwhile, Wright was left to rue two missed match darts in an edgy conclusion against Williams, who fought back magnificently from 5-3 down to advance.

Simon Whitlock defeats MvG for the fifth consecutive time

Wright, making his first appearance since undergoing gallstones surgery last month, conjured up 160 and 145 finishes to seize the initiative, but skin-saving 125 and 100 checkouts catapulted Williams to an unlikely victory.

Jose De Sousa landed a sublime 11-dart break to clinch a last-leg win over Raymond van Barneveld, after the Dutch legend wired one match dart at double 18 in a dramatic finale.

The opening tens leg went with throw, yet De Sousa – who missed double 12 for a nine-darter in leg four – followed up his sixth 180 by pinning tops to prevail with a 99 average.

De Sousa will now lock horns with Jeffrey De Zwaan on Sunday, after the Dutchman fired in five 180s to topple Rob Cross 6-4 and preserve his European Championship qualification hopes.

Boris Krcmar claimed a crucial win in his bid to qualify for October’s main event, winning five straight legs to stun second seed Humphries and set up a showdown with Dave Chisnall in round three.

Chisnall produced two sensational finishes to deny Jonny Clayton earlier in the afternoon, following up a 117 checkout in leg nine with a brilliant 135 finish on the bull to seal the deal in style.

Joe Cullen returned to winning ways on the European Tour courtesy of a battling 6-4 win over Martin Lukeman, and the Masters champion now faces Welsh star Williams in the third round.

Cullen secures place in European Championship
Cullen secures place in European Championship

Elsewhere, Nathan Aspinall defied a late rally from Stephen Bunting to book his place in Sunday’s last 16, punishing a profligate display from the St Helens star to close out a comfortable 6-3 success.

Afternoon Round-Up

Josh Rock fired in a superb 104 average to secure his first victory over Damon Heta, reeling off four consecutive legs from 4-2 down to dump out the Australian number one.

Rock will now take on tenth seed Dirk van Duijvenbode tomorrow, after the Dutchman also averaged 104 to prevail in a high-quality contest against Chris Dobey, registering six maximums en route to a 6-3 victory.

Josh Rock stormed to victory over Damon Heta
Josh Rock stormed to victory over Damon Heta

Dave Chisnall produced two sensational finishes in the latter stages to deny Jonny Clayton in a last-leg decider, following up a 117 checkout in leg nine with a brilliant 135 finish on the bull to seal the deal.

Michael Smith stormed through to Sunday’s final stages with a whitewash win over Daryl Gurney, taking out a 116 combination and a double-double 96, to move through to a third-round tie against William O’Connor.

Michael Smith progresses to Finals day
Michael Smith progresses to Finals day

The Irishman secured a spot in the last 16 on the European Tour for the first time since 2019, courtesy of a 6-3 success against an out-of-sorts Dimitri Van den Bergh.

Rusty-Jake Rodriguez will play Madars Razma on Sunday afternoon, after the young Austrian produced his best performance on the European Tour to dispatch UK Open champion Danny Noppert 6-1 with a 99 average.

Ryan Searle was another seeded casualty on Saturday afternoon, succumbing 6-3 to Czech star Karel Sedlacek, who wrapped up victory with a brilliant 126 finish to move through to Finals Day.

Elsewhere, Krzysztof Ratajski’s woes on the European Tour continue, after Poland’s number one was edged out by Ryan Meikle in a scrappy ten-leg affair.

Hungarian Darts Trophy Day Two Results

Saturday September 3
Second Round
Afternoon Session
Josh Rock 6-4 Damon Heta
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-1 Danny Noppert
Karel Sedlacek 6-3 Ryan Searle
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Chris Dobey
Michael Smith 6-0 Daryl Gurney
Ryan Meikle 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski
William O’Connor 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Jonny Clayton

Evening Session
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-4 Rob Cross
Jose de Sousa 6-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Boris Krcmar 6-3 Luke Humphries
Joe Cullen 6-4 Martin Lukeman
Peter Wright v Jim Williams
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Stephen Bunting

Bye: Madars Razma