Kicking off the final day in Saarbrücken was the World number One Michael van Gerwen as he came up against the promising young talent that is Adam Hunt in the first of the afternoon’s Last 16 matches. The pair have met eight times previously with Van Gerwen winning seven of them. Hunt missed match darts against MVG last time the pair met though and it was the round prior to Van Gerwen hitting two nine-darters in one match against Ryan Murray in a UK Open qualifier in Wigan.
Van Gerwen enjoyed an early break in the opening leg with a sensational 10-dart leg, the best leg of the tournament so far to lead 1-0. Van Gerwen went on to double his lead with Hunt waiting on tops to break, but he never got a chance as the Dutchman fired in D10. Van Gerwen enjoyed another break of throw in leg three as he fired in a 12-darter taking out 96 with the World number One averaging 111 at this point. Hunt was gifted a way back into the match as Van Gerwen bust his score on 54 and Hunt took his chance well as he took out 42 to break MVG straight back to reduce the deficit to 1-3. Van Gerwen managed to break Hunt straight back though in the next leg with Hunt waiting on D16 as he extended his lead to 1-4 courtesy of a 15-darter. Van Gerwen went within a leg of the Quarter-Finals with another 15-darter to move four legs clear. Van Gerwen looked to seal the win in spectacular style as he hit back-to-back maximums, he missed six match darts and Hunt took full advantage as he pinned in the D20 to make it 2-5. Van Gerwen only had to wait another leg to seal the win as he took out 47 on D16 despite Hunt applying the pressure as he fired in his third maximum.
The second Last 16 clash in Saarbrücken featured the DIAMOND Ian White as he took on Mervyn King, both players were impressive in the previous round.Mervyn King held his firmly in the opening leg as he fired in a 15-darter with the minimum of fuss as he found his reliable D16 for a 1-0 lead. White levelled the contest straight away with a 16-darter after as he took out D20 at the third attempt. White broke King’s throw crucially in leg three with a terrific leg as he fired in two maximums followed by an 81 finish for an 11-darter and a 2-1 lead. The Stoke man extended his lead to 3-1 with a 15-darter despite King opening the leg with a maximum as White took out 84 on the Bull. King pulled it back to 2-3 with a superb leg as he found his second maximum in as many legs as he once again picked out D16 with White ready to pounce on 54. White regained a two-leg lead courtesy of a 14-darter as he picked out D8 for a 4-2 lead with an impressive 107 average at this point. King showed his typical never give up attitude as he took out 106 for a 12-darter to move within a leg of White closing the gap to 3-4. The pair traded 180’s in leg eight as King looked to break White’s throw as he kicked off with a max. White extinguished them hopes immediately as he took out 74 for a 5-3 lead to go within a leg of the Quarter-Finals. King continued his 180 hitting as he found his fifth of the match, but amazingly he missed four darts to stay in the match but the drama continued as White missed three darts at D16 for the match. King returned to the oche and found D2 to reduce the deficit to 4-5.White sealed the victory as he fired in a 14-darter as he picked out D10 completing another terrific display from the Stoke-on-Trent right hander as he averaged 106.55 the highest average in the tournament so far.
Simon Whitlock took on the rapidly-rising star Rob Cross in the third game of the afternoon. It was a bright start from Cross as he held throw well in the opening leg as he fired in D16 at the third attempt for a 16-darter for a 1-0 lead. The Aussie responded well as he looked to have the leg sewn up as he narrowly missed a dart at the bull for a 12-darter, but Cross had other things in mind as he took out a terrific 124 finish on the bull to break Whitlock’s throw to double the advantage for a 2-0 lead. Cross continued his dominance of the match as he fired in D20 for a 3-0 advantage punishing a poor leg from the Aussie. The pair traded 180’s in leg four as Whitlock looked to get his first leg on the board, The Aussie did exactly that as he took out 25 on D8 to reduce the deficit to 1-3 whilst under pressure from Cross who was waiting on D18. Cross looked to regain a three-leg lead but he missed a dart at D7 for the leg and Whitlock wasn’t in a generous mood as he took out 92 in two darts to reduce the deficit to 2-3. Whitlock completed the comeback as he won his third leg in succession as he took out 48 for a 14-darter to level things up at 3-3. Cross didn’t let Whitlock’s trio of winning legs get to him as he picked out D3 after previously missing two darts at D6 to re-establish the lead at 4-3 after Whitlock missed two darts to take the lead himself. Cross went within a leg of the Quarter-Finals courtesy of a 15-darter as he picked out D4 for a 5-3 advantage. Cross sealed the victory and his third leg on the spin as he took out 66 for another 15-darter capping off another terrific display from the in-form man from Kent as he averaged 101.34 in his defeat of the Wizard.
Benito van de Pas and Joe Cullen looked to book their places in the Quarter-Finals in Saarbrucken. The match didn’t get off to a flying start, but it was Benito van de Pas who managed to hold throw for a 1-0 lead just after hitting the games first maximum as he found D20. Cullen gifted Van de Pas a 2-0 lead as the Bradford man missed the bull for a 170 and another two darts at D8 to level and the Dutchman accepted the gift as he found D16 for a two-leg lead. Cullen opened his account as he broke Van de Pas’ throw courtesy of a 15-dart leg as he found D18 to reduce the deficit to 1-2. This time it was the Dutchman’s turn to gift a leg to his opponent as he threw a dart out of the board despite not being on a double and Cullen returned to take out 94 with a double-double finish on D18 & D20 to level things up at 2-2. Van de Pas regained the lead at 3-2 as he punished three missed darts from the Cullen for the leg as Van de Pas picked out Tops. Van de Pas won his second leg in succession to extend his lead to 4-2 as he picked out D18 for a 16-dart leg. The Dutchman completed a hat-trick of legs courtesy of a 14-darter as he took out 66 to go within a leg of the last 8. Cullen started the fightback as he went within two legs of Van de Pas as he took out 74 for a 15-darter to make it 3-5. Cullen looked dead and buried in the ninth leg as Van de Pas set up 58 for the match, but Joe Cullen provided a moment of brilliance as he fired in a spectacular 170 finish to put him right back in the match at 4-5. Joe Cullen put himself right back in the mix as he hit his second ton plus checkout in succession as he fired in a terrific 124 finish on the bull for his third leg on the spin to force a deciding leg. Benito van de Pas held his nerve in the decider as he picked out D18 for a 13-darter to dash Cullen’s hopes of a place in the last 8.
The next Last 16 match in Saarbrücken featured the World number three Peter Wright and Cristo Reyes. Wright kicked off the match in impressive style as he fired in a 13-dart leg with the minimum of fuss to stamp his authority on the match. The Spaniard Reyes replied superbly as he bettered Wright’s hold of throw as he fired in a 12-darter taking out D10 to level at 1-1. Reyes’ red-hot scoring continued as he hit a 15-dart leg courtesy of a majestic 104 finish whilst Wright missed a dart at D12 for a 141. Reyes extended his lead to 3-1 as he picked out D11 just after he narrowly missed it for a 142. Cristo Reyes must of thought Christmas came early as Peter Wright missed three darts at Tops, but amazingly the Spaniard didn’t accept the gift as he missed three darts himself on D16 and D8. Snakebite returned to find D20 to pull it back to 2-3. Wright then went on to level things up at 3-3 courtesy of a 14-darter as he took out 87 as the momentum swung the way of Snakebite. Reyes wasn’t ruling himself out of this one though as he fired in to maximums in leg seven and he regained the lead at 4-3 after finding D1 eventually in his sixth attempt at a double in the leg. Wright gifted Reyes another chance to extend his lead as he missed three darts at D20 but yet again Reyes didn’t accept the gift as he missed three darts for a 5-3 lead. Snakebite returned to pick out D20 to level things up at 4-4. Reyes broke the Wright throw again to lead 5-4 as he fired in his sixth maximum of the match followed by an 86 finish to go within a leg of the Quarter-Finals. There was another break of throw in leg 10, the fourth in succession as Wright took out 100 with two D20’s for a 12-darter to force a deciding leg. Reyes summed up his performance really as he crucially missed one match dart at D12 and Wright returned to pick out D5 for a 6-5 win, Reyes outscored Snakebite throughout the duration of the contest but 5/19 on the doubles from Reyes was the deciding factor.
The next match featured the in-form Welshman Gerwyn Price and the Belgian youngster Dimitri van den Bergh. It was a slow start from both players It’s fair to say, Price took the opening leg as he took out 56 for an 18-dart leg. Price went on to double his lead and break the Belgian’s throw with another 18-dart leg as he took out 60 on D10. Van den Bergh responded by kicking off leg three with a maximum and although he missed three darts for the leg, he picked out D10 to reduce the deficit to 1-2. The Belgian completed the comeback as he fired in D8 punishing Price’s four missed darts at double for a 3-1 lead. The pair traded maximums at the start of the fifth leg as the Belgian produced darts from another planet as he fired in a 140 finish for his third leg on the spin for a 3-2 lead. Price responded superbly to losing three legs on the trot as fired in SEVEN perfect darts, it ended up being an 11-darter from the Welshman as he took out 48 to level things up at 3-3. Van den Bergh restored parity at 4-3 after producing a 13-darter to break Price’s throw as he picked out D18. The Belgian had a big opportunity for a 5-3 lead but he missed two darts at double and the Welshman accepted the gift as he picked out D12 to level things up once more at 4-4. The momentum swung the way of the Welshman after he fired in a 14-darter to move 5-4 ahead. Gerwyn Price sealed the win as he picked out D6 just after he missed one dart at D12 for a 98 finish. It’s yet another Quarter-Final for the in-form Welshman.
The penultimate match of the afternoon was set to be a cracker as Dave Chisnall who is bang in form at the minute came up against Jelle Klaasen who of course reached the final in Jena last weekend. Klaasen found back-to-back maximums in the opening leg followed by finding D8 for a 15-darter and a 1-0 lead. Chisnall responded brilliantly as he levelled things up with a 14-darter as he took out 94 just after Klaasen hit his third maximum to apply the pressure. Klaasen’s maximum hitting was superb as he hit his fourth in three legs to leave D20 after 12 darts, the Dutchman pinned the D20 at the first time of asking for a 2-1 lead and a 13-darter. The Cobra extended his lead to 3-1 as he fired in a 16-darter as he picked out tops which included Klaasen finding his fifth 180 and hitting 3/4 on the doubles. The fifth leg belonged to the Dutchman as he found another 16-darter to open up a 4-1 lead in no time at all. Chisnall stopped the rot as he punished missed darts at double from Klaasen to pull it back to 2-4. It clearly gave Chisnall some momentum as he produced a terrific 11-dart leg to move within a leg of Klaasen at 3-4. The momentum soon moved towards the Dutchman as he fired in a 15-darter to move within a leg of the match as he took out 56. Klaasen confirmed his place in the Quarter-Finals as he took out 60 for a 17-dart leg.
The final game of the afternoon featured Mensur Suljovic and Stephen Bunting.
The Austrian got the better of Bunting in the opening leg as he took out 72 for a 17-dart leg. The pair exchanged 180’s at the start of the second leg, but again the Austrian just found that extra 5% as he took out 81 for a terrific 12-darter and a 2-0 advantage. Suljovic made it a hat-trick of legs which he celebrated with his trademark ghost headbutt after he fired in a 15-darter taking out 76 for a 3-0 lead. Suljovic’s onslaught continued as he picked out D20 for a 16-darter to move 4-0 ahead. Unfortunately for Bunting despite hitting three maximums he found himself 5-0 down as the Austrian fired in a 15-dart leg taking out 61. Mensur Suljovic completed the rout after a sensational 11-darter to complete a 6-0 whitewash win over Stephen Bunting.
Last 16 Results
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Adam Hunt
Ian White 6-4 Mervyn King
Rob Cross 6-3 Simon Whitlock
Benito van de Pas 6-5 Joe Cullen
Peter Wright 6-5 Cristo Reyes
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Dimitri van den Bergh
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Mensur Suljovic 6-0 Stephen Bunting
Quarter-Finals (from 18:00 GMT)
Michael van Gerwen – Ian White
Rob Cross – Benito van de Pas
Peter Wright – Gerwyn Price
Jelle Klaasen – Mensur Suljovic