Michael Smith & Ian White have booked their places in the Quarter-Finals of the German Darts Grand Prix in Mannheim on Sunday evening. The Stoke-on-Trent ace Narrowly edged out Daryl Gurney in a sensational battle in which he managed to produce a superb 12-dart leg in the decider as he took out 81 to clinch victory. White was well in control of the match in the early stages as he opened up a 4-2 lead in a match which both players struggled to hold onto their own throw as there was a total of seven breaks of throw. Gurney got himself back into the match as he won three legs on-the-spin to move 5-4 ahead, but Ian produced a 13-darter to level things up at 5-5 despite Gurney hitting back-to-back 180’s. The Diamond then shone through as he fired in a 12-darter as he took out 81 for the match. He will face Rob Cross in the last eight, a player who averaged 109 in his last 16 victory over Mensur Suljovic.
For Michael Smith, it was a bit more straight forward as he was in rampant form as he defeated Joe Cullen 6-1 to book a Quarter-Final with Simon Whitlock. Smith did actually trail 1-0 in a scrappy opening leg, but the St Helens-ace managed to win six legs consectively with the minumum of fuss to ease to victory. Cullen suffered on the doubles as he hit just 1/11, Bully Boy took his opportunities well as he hit 40% of his doubles attempted (6/15). The Quarter-Final clash with Whitlock should be a great exchange as he looks to reach the last four for the second European Tour event in a row.
Last 16 Results (1pm – 5pm Local time, 12pm – 4pm UK time)
Rob Cross 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Ian White 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Benito van de Pas 6-2 Darren Webster
Vincent van der Voort 6-0 Ronny Huybrechts
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Michael Smith 6-1 Joe Cullen
Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Kyle Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Gerwyn Price
Quarter-Finals (7pm – 11pm Local time, 6pm – 10pm UK time)
Rob Cross – Ian White
Benito van de Pas – Vincent van der Voort
Simon Whitlock – Michael Smith
Jelle Klaasen – Michael van Gerwen