The second set of first-round fixtures got underway at the World Grand Prix with big wins for MVG, Joe Cullen and Ross Smith sealed passage into round two, as Chisnall and Clayton fall.
Cullen proves too strong for De Decker
Day Two got underway with a straight sets win from Joe Cullen.
The Rockstar made the perfect start to the match with a 120 checkout before being forced into a last leg decider with debutant Mike De Decker, after he missed double 19 to take the first set. Cullen then turned the screw in the last set, averaging 99 to round of an impressive opening win.
Woodhouse sends Chizzy packing
Debutant Luke Woodhouse made the perfect start to his Grand Prix campaign courtesy of a 2-0 win over Dave Chisnall.
Woodhouse made light work of the opening set, throwing two 180’s and averaging over 100. The debutant made sure his name was in the hat for the next round, pinning double two in a last leg decider, in the second set, to knock out Chizzy.
Searle beats Heta in a last leg decider
Ryan Searle edged out Damon Heta after recovering from one set down to beat Heta, 2-1.
The Heat edged the opening set with an impressive 60% on the outer ring and an 88.1 average. Heavy Metal responded in emphatic style and took the second set in straight legs, with 100% on the outer ring. It was Searle who would have the final say in the match, pinning double ten to force the game into a last leg decider and then taking out double 20 to round of a spirited fight back and book his place in the next round.
Dobey beats dancing Dimitri
Chris Dobey produced a dominant display to beat Dimitri Van Den Bergh in straight sets.
Hollywood took the opening set-in commanding style with a 14 dart hold of throw in the last leg to ensure that he took an early advantage. Dobey then produced a 95.22 average and 50% on the outer ring to edge out Van Den Bergh, once again in a last leg decider.
Snakebite proves too strong for Clemens
2018 finalist Peter Wright finds form and reels off consecutive sets to beat Gabriel Clemens
It was the German who took the opening leg of the match with a 96 checkout before Wright came roaring back, winning the next three legs with a 79.6 average. The second set, which proved to be the final one of the match, was taken in a comfortable fashion by Snakebite. He produced a 101 average and 50% on the outer ring as he pinned double ten to beat the German Giant and progress to the second round.
MVG makes light work of Josh Rock
Reigning champion Michael Van Gerwen produces a solid performance, dropping just one leg, to round off a 2-0 win over Josh Rock.
Mighty Mike came raising out of the blocks and took the opening set, 3-1, with an impressive 75% on the outer ring and a 95.5 average against the Northern Irishman. Van Gerwen rounded out the first set with a finish on double 20 and then took the momentum into the second set. He reeled off three consecutive legs and maintained his 75% on the outer ring to round off a dominant display against a below-par Josh Rock.
Smith stuns Clayton in straight sets
Ross Smith produced a stunning display to beat 2021 champion Jonny Clayton
Smudger took the opening leg of the match, on throw, taking out 70 to edge ahead. Clayton responded with a hold of his own before Smith capitalised on a missed double from Clayton and pinned double 16 to snatch the opening set. The Ferret came roaring back after the break and pinned double 16 to take the opening leg of the second set. Smith threatened to spoil the party, breaking the Clayton throw, to lead in the second set for the first time and throw for the match. The world number seven immediately responded with a 110 checkout of his own but his Grand Prix hopes were ended after Smith took out 130 at the end of the second set to round off a 2-0 victory and set up a second round tie against Joe Cullen.
Humphries beats Superchin
Luke Humphries proved too strong for Daryl Gurney as he reeled off a straight-sets win in the final match of the night.
The final match of the night began on throw with both players making solid starts to the match. Gurney then missed two darts at the double and it proved costly as Cool Hand pinned the double to make the perfect start and take the opening set of the match. Superchin, who took the lead twice in set two, was forced to throw to level up the game after Humphries pinned double top. Cool Hand landed his fourth maximum and took out 32 to set up a second round match against debutant Luke Woodhouse
Day Two results:
Joe Cullen 2-0 Mike De Deker
Dave Chisnall 0-2 Luke Woodhouse
Damon Heta 1-2 Ryan Searle
Dimitri Van Den Bergh 0-2 Chris Dobey
Peter Wright 2-0 Gabriel Clemens
Michael Van Gerwen 2-0 Josh Rock
Jonny Clayton 0–2 Ross Smith
Luke Humphries 2–0 Daryl Gurney