The 2017 Dutch Darts Masters continued on Friday evening with some great matches in prospect. The Irish debutant Steve Lennon took on Poland’s Krzystof Ratajski in the opener. The young Irishman put in a decent enough performance the warrant a result but it wasn’t his night as Ratajski won six legs on the spin in no time at all as he was in rampant mood as he cruised to a 6-0 victory averaging 102.48 as he booked his place in round two on Saturday. In the next match it was Jamie Lewis in action as he took on an experienced professional in Harry Robinson. Lewis dominated the early stages of the match as he took the first three legs without any real pressure from his opponent. Robinson welcomed himself into the match as he won two legs on the trot to move within a leg of the Welshman as he fired in a delightful 12-darter to make it 3-2. Lewis responded inkind with a 13-darter to move two legs clear as he made it 4-2. The Cardigan-based star managed to once again move three legs to the good as he took out 83 for a level 15-darter and a 5-2 advantage. Robinson missed a dart at the bull to stay alive in the contest but that would be his last visit to the board as Lewis picked out D6 for a 6-2 victory as he booked his place in round two in which he will face Rob Cross on Saturday afternoon. John Henderson also booked his place in the second round after he overcame the Belgian Ronny Huybrechts 6-4 in a game which the big Scot dominated in the early parts as he was always in control after he opened up leads of 3-1 and 5-2 respectively. Huybrechts did fight back as he moved within a leg of the Scot as he clawed back to 5-4 as he took out 70. Henderson ended the match in sensational fashion as he took out a huge 138 finish to clinch victory and secure his place in the second round on Saturday in which he will face Ian White. The young Austrian Rowby-John Rodriguez made his return to the European Tour as he faced off with Huddersfield’s James Wilson in what before the game looked to be a close battle. Rodriguez completely blown away Wilson from the very first dart as he won the first five legs as he moved 5-0 ahead, which included a 128 finish and a 12-darter in the opening leg as the youngster stated his intent from the off. Wilson wasn’t giving up though as he went on a three-leg spree to reduce the deficit to 5-3. The Austrian killed the game off in leg nine as he fired in a 15-darter as he picked out D20 to confirm his place in round two against Michael Smith on Saturday evening. The next game on the MECC stage was most definitely the game of the first round and one the finest games we have ever seen in a first round match on the European Tour as Kyle Anderson took on Justin Pipe in what turned out to be an absolute classic. Anderson broke the Pipe throw in the very first leg as he took out 55 for a 1-0 lead. The Aussie then fired in a 13-darter to double his advantage ashe picked out D20. Pipe responded brilliantly as he fired in a 13-darter of his own which was closely followed by a 14-darter to square up the match at 2-2 whilst averaging over 105 at this point. The Taunton-based star was in rampant form as he took out 96 for a stunning 11-dart leg for a 3-2 lead. Pipe broken the throw of Anderson for the second time after the Aussie missed a dart at D16 for a 108 finish as he pinned D2 with his last dart for a 4-2 advantage. From this point, Anderson hit a purple patch as he soon squared up the match at 4-4 courtesy of a 12-darter which was closely followed by a 14-darter as he took out 56.
The Aussie then amazingly fired in two legs whilst using just 23 darts to book his place in the second round after he provided a 12-darter in the final leg after hitting back-to-back maximums to leave 41. The Aussie averaged 108.96 in this epic battle in which both players played their part in a classic. Anderson will face Mervyn King tomorrow afternoon in the final game of the session.
The Dutchman Jeffrey de Zwaan booked his place in the second round after a 6-4 victory over John Michael in which he hit 50% of his doubles attempted and two ton plus checkouts which proved to be the difference in the end as he held his nerve whilst taking out 107 for the match. He will face the World number one Michael van Gerwen tomorrow afternoon.
Steve Beaton got off to a winning start in Maastricht after just edging out the 16-year old German Nico Blum. It was a closely contested battle but neither player was on the top of their game It’s fair to say but it was Beaton who cane out on top as he recorded a 6-4 victory, he will Mensur Suljovic on Saturday evening so you’d expect Beaton to up his game for that one.
The final game of the day seen Rene Berndt take on the home favourite Jimmy Hendriks. The Dutchman put on a fine display as he battled back from 5-2 down to win four legs on the trot to book his place in round two. The German nearly fired in six perfect darts to finish the match off in sensational style as he hit a 177 to leave 164 in which he missed a dart at the bull for a 6-3 win. He then went on to miss two match darts at D12 and in stepped Hendriks to close the gap to 5-4. Berndt then missed the bull again, this time for a 127 for the match as Hendriks stepped in to level up the match at 5-5 as he forced a deciding leg. Hendriks then completed the comeback as he took out 50 to book his place in the second round as he faces Joe Cullen on Saturday afternoon.
Evening Session RESULTS
Krzystof Ratajski 6-0 Steve Lennon
Jamie Lewis 6-2 Harry Robinson
John Henderson 6-4 Ronny Huybrechts
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 James Wilson
Kyle Anderson 6-4 Justin Pipe
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 John Michael
Jimmy Hendriks 6-5 Rene Berndt
Saturday September 2
Afternoon Session (1pm – 5pm local time, 12pm – 4pm UK)
Cristo Reyes – Robert Owen
Alan Norris – Mike de Decker
Rob Cross – Jamie Lewis
Jelle Klaasen – Krzystof Ratajski
Gerwyn Price – Martin Schindler
Ian White – John Henderson
Joe Cullen – Jimmy Hendriks
Mervyn King – Kyle Anderson
Evening Session ( 7pm – 11pm Local time, 6pm – 10pm UK )
Benito van de Pas – Nathan Aspinall
Daryl Gurney – Steve West
Simon Whitlock – Kirk Shepherd
Michael van Gerwen – Jeffrey de Zwaan
Peter Wright – Jim Walker
Kim Huybrechts – Christian Kist
Michael Smith – Rowby-John Rodriguez
Mensur Suljovic – Steve Beaton