Price survives almighty scare as other seeds tumble
Four seeds fell from the 2017 German Darts Open day two afternoon session in Saarbrucken, as Kim Huybrechts, Michael Smith, Alan Norris and Steve West all bowed out.
As a result, there were notable wins for Adam Hunt, Rob Cross and Dimitri Van den Bergh, who joined Stephen Bunting, Ian White, Gerwyn Price, Mervyn King and Simon Whitlock into the third round.
Read on for Sam Barnard’s 2017 HappyBet German Darts Open Day Two Afternoon report in further detail…
Bernd Roith was one of two Home Nation Qualifiers that got through to the second round, after an epic battle with former BDO World Championship semi-finalist Brian Woods, to set up a tie with 2014 Lakeside champion Stephen Bunting.
The pair were first onto the oche on day 2, but neither seemed to want the first leg, as they missed a number of doubles. Roith, 57, eventually hit tops – much to the crowd’s delight.
But Bunting then showed his class, averaging 95.54 overall, and rattled off the next six legs to set up a third round match with one of Mensur Suljovic or Mark Walsh.
Next up, young South African Warrick Scheffer immediately broke Ian White with a 117 checkout to take the opening leg.
However, likewise with Bunting, eighth seed White steamrolled back with the likes of 12, 13 and 14-dart legs to go 4-1 up.
Scheffer hung in there, taking two of the next three legs and threw three 180s along the way, but White was able to wrap it up thanks to his terrific figures: an average of 103.15 and 71 per cent on the doubles.
After racing to a 5-0 lead, it looked as though Gerwyn Price had things all rapped up against James Richardson.
But that was far from the case, as the 43-year-old bricklayer dramatically built up his game to somehow level the scores and set up a decider.
There was yet more drama to come, though, as Richardson missed seven match darts against throw (the same number of 180s he managed) to allow The Iceman to eventually finish on D10. Ruthless Richardson could not live up to his nickname!
Three-time Development Tour finalist in 2017 Adam Hunt continued to show what he’s made of by downing Steve West with a cool 120 ‘Shanghai’ checkout to win 6-4.
His average of 87.3 was lower than West’s 90.12, but he now faces one of Michael van Gerwen, who he narrowly lost out to 6-5 in a UK Open qualifier back in February, or Ronny Huybrechts.
Ronny’s younger half-brother Kim Huybrechts was next onto the oche against Mervyn King, but bowed out to The King after a 6-3 loss.
King was in great form as he averaged 97.42, and took out a superb 142 checkout to blow the Hurricane out of the competition to set up a third round showdown with White.
Rob Cross has rapidly risen the rankings since earning a two-year PDC Pro Tour card, and claimed one of his best wins yet against Michael Smith in his European Tour tournament debut.
He took advantage of some poor finishing from Bully Boy to take the first leg against the throw, and rallied to go 5-1 up.
Neither were great on the doubles, as their percentages of 33.33 and 11.11 respectively proved, but Cross eventually triumphed 6-2 to face Simon Whitlock, and guarantees himself £3,000 in prize money.
There will be at least one Belgian in action on Sunday in Saarbrucken, as Dimitri Van den Bergh sent out yet another seed this afternoon session.
Alan Norris looked totally out of sorts, particularly at the start of the match, and averaged a lowly 78.79 to allow The Dreammaker (85.19) to progress and take on Price next.
Darren Webster became a bit of a bogey player for Simon Whitlock in late 2016, beating him in both the Players Championship Finals 6-3 and World Championship 4-0.
It looked as though another whitewash in Demolition Man’s favour was on the cards as he smashed his way to a 3-0 lead, but The Wizard worked his magic to level up the scores.
Webster had darts to go 4-3 up, but Whitlock instead broke him and went on to claim the next two legs to win 6-3. The Australian thus avoided becoming the fifth out of eight seeds in the afternoon session to exit.
Second round afternoon session results
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Bernd Roith
Ian White 6-3 Warrick Scheffer
Gerwyn Price 6-5 James Richardson
Steve West 4-6 Adam Hunt
Kim Huybrechts 3-6 Mervyn King
Michael Smith 2-6 Rob Cross
Alan Norris 2-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Darren Webster
Evening session schedule
Cristo Reyes v Nico Blum
Joe Cullen v Vincent van der Voort
Benito van de Pas v Paul Nicholson
Michael van Gerwen v Ronny Huybrechts
Mensur Suljovic v Mark Walsh
Peter Wright v Krzysztof Ratajski
Jelle Klaasen v Christian Kist
Dave Chisnall v Nathan Aspinall