Darts results: Peter Wright out of European Championship; Dave Chisnall into quarter-finals

Jeffrey de Zwaan (Picture: PDC/Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe)
Jeffrey de Zwaan (Picture: PDC/Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe)

A review of day two of the European Championship, as Dave Chisnall stormed into the quarter-finals but Peter Wright became another big-name casualty.

EVENING SESSION (Second Round)

Dave Chisnall produced the performance of the second round at the European Championship in Gottingen on Friday night, averaging 109.75 to see off Jonny Clayton in a 10-4 win.

The victory sets up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with Daryl Gurney who survived a late Simon Whitlock comeback to progress.

The star of the night was Chisnall though, as he fired in 11 maximums to blow away his Welsh opponent.

It was Clayton who started the better of the pair, hitting two 121 finishes in the opening two legs to begin in style.

This seemed to inspire Chisnall, who at 3-2 down put together a run of four straight legs, which included a 142 checkout to wrestle control away from Clayton.

Despite averaging over 101 himself, Clayton was no match for his opponent as the World Grand Prix runner-up went on to seal a 10-4 victory.

“Once I got in my stride that treble 20 was like a magnet, they were all going in,” said Chisnall.

“Jonny started well and he brought the best game out of me, so this result is a bit tough on him.

“We all know my scoring game is there, it’s just doubles that have let me down over the years but I’ve been practicing hard on my doubles and it’s been working for me.”

Chisnall will now face Gurney in Sunday’s quarter-final after the Northern Irishman survived a late comeback from former European Champion Whitlock.

Gurney began the match in scintillating form taking the opening five legs, with an average of over 117.

The 2018 Players Champion continued his form after the break, racing in to a 9-2 lead and looking certain to progress to the quarter-finals.

Whitlock had other ideas though and began a fight back that threatened to derail Gurney’s quest for a third televised PDC title.

The Australia managed to win five consecutive legs to put the pressure on Gurney but an 11-dart hold of throw in leg 17 secured a 10-7 win for the 33-year-old.

“I was in the zone for the first five legs, I would've been 5-0 up against anybody in the world.

“In the break I told myself ‘don’t let your standard drop and don’t give him a chance’ but unfortunately that’s exactly what I did!

“Fair play to Simon, he’s a fantastic player and he had the crowd behind him, so I was mighty relieved to see that winning double go in.”

Former European Championship finalist Rob Cross secured his place in the quarter-finals with a 10-7 victory over Joe Cullen.

The pair were evenly matched through the majority of the game with the contest tied at 5-5 at the second break. The world number two then took control of the game stringing together a run of three consecutive legs to put him in control.

Cross would go on to win the required to legs to claim the victory and move in to the last eight.

“I’m just happy to get over the line really, I missed chances early on and so did Joe,” said Cross.

“We weren’t at our best but I think the best player won a bad game and sometimes that’s what you need to do.”

Cross will now face Ricky Evans after the Englishman overcame Michael van Gerwen’s conqueror, Ross Smith 10-7 in the final match of the night.

An average of 92.22 and 34% on the doubles was enough for Evans to progress in to his first televised quarter-final.

“I’m just so happy to get the win, I was just thinking ‘please let me win the last leg’.

“When I got to 9-4 I knew I was getting close but he did well to fight back to 9-7,” said Evans.

“I’ve got to get ready to face Rob on Sunday, he’s in the same stable as me and we get on very well but I believe I can beat him.”

AFTERNOON SESSION (First Round)

Peter Wright became the latest big name to depart at the first hurdle as he crashed out to Jeffrey de Zwaan on Friday afternoon.

This obviously wasn't quite in the same league as Ross Smith's remarkable triumph against Michael van Gerwen on Thursday, nevertheless Wright has been one of the in-form players on the circuit of late and was among the favourites to go all the way.

Instead, he ran into an in-form de Zwaan, who took control with a 10-dart leg for a 4-1 lead and then held on grimly in the face of a fightback from Snakebite.

From 5-2 down, Wright took the next two legs and was throwing to force a decider, but having done so much of the hard work he opened the door for the Dutchman to hit double 16 and complete the upset.

Despite a late wobble, de Zwaan's performance was right out of the top drawer as he hit six maximums and averaged 101.87 in a heavy-scoring, front-running display which again underlines his untapped potential.

Next for de Zwaan will be a last-16 encounter with compatriot Jermaine Wattimena, who capitalised on the fitness concerns of Jamie Hughes to a record a 6-1 victory.

Michael Smith booked his place in the second round with a 6-1 demolition of practice partner Ian White.

Smith was on course for a whitewash after taking a 5-0 lead, the highlight a 130 finish in leg two, but White managed to avoid such ignominy with a 112 checkout in the sixth leg.

By then the damage was done, however, and after White missed a dart to further reduce the deficit, Smith swept in to hit double 10 and advance to the second round.

There he'll face Stephen Bunting, who won their previous meeting in this event back in 2016 and will arrive buoyed by his performance in a 6-1 victory over Keegan Brown.

Bunting took control of the match with a 100 finish to move into a 2-1 lead, and Brown's chances to get back into the match were limited thereafter as the former BDO world champion progressed.

Nathan Aspinall threw a 170 finish on his way to a 6-3 win over Steve Beaton in one of the highest-quality matches of the afternoon session.

Aspinall, one of the breakout stars of 2019, hit the Big Fish to lead 3-1, and then brazenly threw another 170 in the following leg, this time to leave tops which he duly converted.

Beaton kept tabs on the younger man, but a third 180 from Aspinall helped him to close out the match with an average of 98.35.

He may well need something similar if not better in round two, where third seed Gerwyn Price lies in wait following a hard-fought 6-4 victory over Ted Evetts.

It was a mixed performance from Price, who took out 167 for a 3-2 lead having already thrown a 12-dart leg, but was otherwise fortunate that Evett was equally shaky on doubles.

Indeed it was two missed darts at double 11 in the ninth leg which proved pivotal and allowed Price to move within one of the match and, throwing first, he shut the door.

Price's average - 102.15 - was the highest of the afternoon, and if he can tidy up in the finishing department then he'll fancy his chances in a bottom section which has opened up considerably.

Vincent van der Voort beat Mensur Suljovic 6-1, the Austrian punished for hitting just one of his eight attempts at double as the veteran Dutchman advanced to a clash with Chris Dobey, a 6-3 winner against Krzysztof Ratajski.

The 2019 Unibet European Championship will continue on Saturday with the remaining second round matches taking place in Göttingen, Germany in front of a packed out crowd.

European Championship: Friday results & weekend schedule

Friday October 25
Afternoon Session (1245 BST)
First Round (Best of 11 legs)
TV Channel: ITV4

  • Jamie Hughes 1-6 Jermaine Wattimena
  • Keegan Brown 1-6 Stephen Bunting
  • Krzysztof Ratajski 3-6 Chris Dobey
  • Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Steve Beaton
  • Mensur Suljovic 1-6 Vincent van der Voort
  • Ian White 1-6 Michael Smith
  • Peter Wright 4-6 Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Gerwyn Price 6-4 Ted Evetts

Evening Session (1900 BST)
Second Round (Best of 19 legs)
TV Channel: ITV4

  • Joe Cullen 7-10 Rob Cross
  • Daryl Gurney 10-7 Simon Whitlock
  • Dave Chisnall 10-4 Jonny Clayton
  • Ross Smith 7-10 Ricky Evans

Saturday October 26 (1900 BST)
Second Round (Best of 19 legs)
TV Channel: ITV4

  • Vincent van der Voort v Chris Dobey
  • Michael Smith v Stephen Bunting
  • Gerwyn Price v Nathan Aspinall
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan v Jermaine Wattimena

Sunday October 27
Afternoon Session (1245 BST)
Quarter-Finals (Best of 19 legs)
TV Channel: ITV4

  • Rob Cross v Ricky Evans
  • Daryl Gurney v Dave Chisnall
  • TWO MORE MATCHES

Evening Session (1900 BST)
TV Channel: ITV4
Semi-Final (Best of 21 legs)

  • Two Matches

Final (Best of 21 legs)

  • Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2

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