As day two of the 2018 PDC German Darts Open reached It’s conclusion, I reflect on what was an impressive day of action in Saarbrücken. In comparison to the previous two European Tour events of 2018 so far, there wasn’t as many seeds exiting the competition early, but there was a fair share of spoils along the way.
The star performer of the day was Dave Chisnall, who by far produced the finest performance of the day as he enjoyed a very convincing 6-0 thrashing of the Spaniard – Jose Justicia Perales.
Chisnall averaged 108.65 in the six-leg onslaught, in what was a very impressive performance from the St Helens ace who resides in Morecambe. Chizzy fired in legs of 12, 14, 15, 18, 11 & 13 darts to complete a superb victory. He’ll take some stopping on the final day of action as he comes up against Ian White.
Amongst the shocks in the afternoon session, another St Helens ace in Alan Tabern rolled back the years as he stunned Steve Beaton in what was a convincing 6-2 victory over the Bronzed Adonis. It was a pretty solid display from ‘The Saint’ as he averaged 94.13 and hit 6/13 on the doubles. Tabern raced into a 3-0 lead early on, and it was an uphill task for Beaton from then on in, as Tabern booked his place in the final day of action.
What a day it was for the in-form home favourite Max Hopp. ‘The Maximiser’ has found some good spells of form as of late. With three last 16 showings on-the-spin he came into his match on Saturday evening with the World no.2 Peter Wright full of confidence. The crowd seemed to be split 50/50 pre-match, but after the home favourite took the opening leg, it was clear to see that the Saarbrücken faithful were clearly behind their man. Hopp went on to stun the no.2 seed as he enjoyed a 6-4 victory over Snakebite. It was a superb recovery from Hopp as he overturned a 4-2 deficit to reel off four legs on-the-spin to complete a magnificent win. It took Hopp just 26 darts to level the match up at four-a-piece (11,15). He then held throw with a 17-dart leg, which was then followed by a superb final leg as he pinned D2 to book his place in the final day’s play for the second European Tour event on-the-spin.
For Mervyn King, he enjoyed a very satisfying victory over James Wade, who denied him a place in the Semi-Finals at ET1 in Leverkusen. It was a very professional display from King to complete the win, there was no seperating the pair in any of the statistics. But, he prevailed as he faces Daryl Gurney on Sunday afternoon.
Benito van de Pas overcame Paul Nicholson in a game which was packed with drama, Nicholson amazingly missed seven match darts in total. Van de Pas came from the depths of defeat as he overturned a 4-1 deficit to enjoy a 6-5 cictory over ‘The Asset’. He’ll face Max Hopp in the last 16.
Joe Cullen and Luke Humphries were embroiled in a terrific battle on Saturday evening. Humphries was in some superb form leading up to the second round encounter, and this particular match didn’t disappoint. With both players averaging around the 92 mark, it was such a closely contested battle, and crucially Cullen had the advantage of winning the bullseye backstage which proved to be the key factor in this one. Cullen pulled out a 14-dart leg in the decider to edge past Humphries in a 6-5 victory for ‘The Rockstar’. With eight maximums in 11 legs, it was a high-quality affair, and Cullen will need to replicate that sort of form on Sunday as he faces Daniel Larsson for a place in the last eight.
PDC German Darts Open RESULTS
Darren Webster 6-2 Steve West
Ian White 6-3 Cameron Menzies
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Kirk Shepherd
Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Maik Kuivenhoven
Alan Tabern 6-2 Steve Beaton
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Jose Justicia Perales
Michael Smith 6-4 Steve Lennon
Mervyn King 6-3 James Wade
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Rene Eidams
Benito van de Pas 6-5 Paul Nicholson
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Danny Noppert
Max Hopp 6-4 Peter Wright
Joe Cullen 6-5 Luke Humphries
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Jermaine Wattimena
Rob Cross 6-0 Dimitri van den Bergh
PDC German Darts Open SCHEDULE
(From 12pm BST)
Michael van Gerwen – Alan Tabern
Dave Chisnall – Ian White
Daryl Gurney – Mervyn King
Michael Smith – Jelle Klaasen
Max Hopp – Benito van de Pas
Joe Cullen – Daniel Larsson
Mensur Suljovic – Gerwyn Price
Rob Cross – Darren Webster
Photo : Kelly Deckers / PDC Europe