Van Gerwen makes explosive start at German championships

Van Gerwen made an explosive start to his challenge at the HappyBet German Darts Championship on Saturday, as seeds James Wade, Simon Whitlock and Michael Smith were knocked out in Hildesheim.

World Champion Van Gerwen averaged 111.51 in a quick-fire 6-1 win over Jermaine Wattimena – taking less than ten minutes to secure his spot in Sunday’s last 16 at Halle 39.

Van Gerwen opened the first two legs with 180s, added a 177 in a 12-darter in the third and another maximum in leg four, before a 14-darter moved him 5-0 up.

Wattimena capitalised on a missed match dart in leg six to get off the mark, but van Gerwen secured victory in style with a 12-darter to storm through and lay down the gauntlet in his bid for the £25,000 title.

World number three Peter Wright came from 3-1 and 5-4 down to claim a 6-5 win over Christian Kist, with the UK Open champion following an earlier 160 checkout with a 112 finish in the decider.

World number five James Wade, though, was punished for failing to finish off his chances against Darren Johnson, who trailed 5-1 before clawing back level and then taking out 90 in the decider to complete a dramatic comeback.

Johnson, a Players Championship finalist earlier this month, now faces another player who won through an 11-leg battle on Saturday in Ian White, who edged out John Bowles with a superb 11-darter in their deciding leg.

Simon Whitlock’s bid to win a fourth title of the year stumbled as he lost out 6-2 to Kevin Painter, who now takes on Gerwyn Price after the UK Open finalist averaged over 99 in a strong 6-1 win over Polish qualifier Krzysztof Ratajski.

Jan Dekker also averaged over 99 as he saw off three-time European Tour winner Michael Smith, and he now plays fellow Dutchman Benito van de Pas, who was a 6-4 winner against Paul Harvey.

Dave Chisnall impressed with a 6-0 whitewash of Belgium’s Dimitri Van den Bergh, and now takes on Jelle Klaasen following the Dutchman’s 6-1 win over Irish ace Mick McGowan.

Austria’s Mensur Suljovic won the battle of former European Tour event winners with Mervyn King with a 6-3 triumph in a game where both players averaged over 100, and he now plays Joe Cullen, who saw off Scotland’s Jamie Bain 6-2.

Stephen Bunting held off David Pallett’s challenge with a 6-4 victory as he moves through to take on Wright in round three, while Spain’s Cristo Reyes now meets Van Gerwen after a 6-2 win over Paul Nicholson.

Alan Norris began his defence of the German Darts Championship title with a 6-4 defeat of Richie Corner, and now takes on Belgian ace Kim Huybrechts, who was in strong form to end the hopes of Brazilian qualifier Diogo Portela.

The HappyBet German Darts Championship concludes on Sunday, with the third round in the afternoon session before the evening session features the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the £135,000 tournament.

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HappyBet German Darts Championship

Saturday March 25

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm UK time)

Gerwyn Price 6-1 Krzysztof Ratajski

Ian White 6-5 John Bowles

Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Mick McGowan

Jan Dekker 6-1 Michael Smith

Cristo Reyes 6-2 Paul Nicholson

Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Diogo Portela

Stephen Bunting 6-4 David Pallett

Alan Norris 6-4 Richie Corner


Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm UK time)

Darren Johnson 6-5 James Wade

Dave Chisnall 6-0 Dimitri Van den Bergh

Benito van de Pas 6-4 Paul Harvey

Peter Wright 6-5 Christian Kist

Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Jermaine Wattimena

Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Mervyn King

Kevin Painter 6-2 Simon Whitlock

Joe Cullen 6-2 Jamie Bain


Sunday March 26

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm UK time)

Third Round

Michael van Gerwen v Cristo Reyes

Ian White v Darren Johnson

Dave Chisnall v Jelle Klaasen

Benito van de Pas v Jan Dekker

Peter Wright v Stephen Bunting

Alan Norris v Kim Huybrechts

Kevin Painter v Gerwyn Price

Mensur Suljovic v Joe Cullen


Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm UK time)


Van Gerwen/Reyes v White/Johnson

Chisnall/Klaasen v Van de Pas/Dekker

Wright/Bunting v Norris/Huybrechts

Painter/Price v Suljovic/Cullen


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