Saturday, June 6, 2020

Noppert lays down a marker to the competition at Frimley Green 

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In the third match of Saturday’s evening session, 2017’s Lakeside world championship finalist Danny Noppert came up against Joe Chaney of the USA in a preliminary round match, Noppert has had quite a quiet 2017 on the BDO tour since Lakeside, but a recent win at the Finder Darts Masters back on home soil has given the 27-year old confidence heading into Lakeside.

Noppert got off to great start as he completely dominated the early parts of the opening set as the Dutchman took the first legs with ease using just 31 darts and averaging 96 as he laid down a marker to rest of the competition. Noppert looked like he was going to seal the set within a matter of minutes as he continued to pile into the treble 20 bed with regularity, he narrowly missed a dart at D8 for a superb 136 finish, but sensationally he missed a stack of doubles which gifted Chaney a great opportunity as he picked out D12 to get his first leg on the board. But, Noppert soon put that disappointment behind him as he responded with a 14-dart leg as he took the opening set with ease, and despite all of those missed doubles in the third leg he still maintained a 91 average in that first set.

Noppert continued his relentless run of legs as he fired in a majestic 121 finish for a 12-dart leg, which is the best leg of the tournament thus far as he moved 1-0 ahead in the second set. He soon raced into a two-leg lead as he pinned D18 for what was a 16-dart leg, at this stage it was a gulf in class between the pair as Noppert continued to dominate. Noppert once again showed why he’s a force to reckoned with in this tournament as he fired in a stunning 126 finish as he moved two sets clear in no time at all whilst averaging over 96. With the finishing line edging ever closer, Noppert continued to produce consistent legs of darts as he took out 25 for an 18-dart leg.

Following that, the 27-year old continued to pile into the treble 20 bed as he produced a terrific 13-dart leg as he picked out D19 to move within a leg of the match. Noppert experienced some more double woe’s as he looked to end the match, and in stepped Chaney as he picked out D4 to get his second leg on the board.

The Joure-based ace Noppert once more gifted the American more opportunities as he missed a whole host of doubles on the back of a spectacular 161 attempt in which he narrowly missed the bull for the match, Chaney took his opportunity well as he took out 68 to level up the set at 2-2. Noppert survived a dart at D20 from Chaney to take the set as the 27-year old picked out D20 for a 16-dart leg to cap off an impressive performance from the Dutchman.

He will face Richie Edwards in the first round on Monday afternoon.

Photo : David Gill

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