Dirk van Duijvenbod and Danny Nobert qualified for the second round of the European Championship of Darts in Dortmund on Thursday. Van Duijvenbod was too big for Let Mother’s Rasma and Norbert defeated Englishman Andrew Gilding.
Van Duijvenbod, twenty places higher than Rasma in the PTC rankings, took the match at 2-2 and won 6-3. ‘Aubergenius’ achieved a significantly higher average than his opponent (102.58 at 89.93), although his finishing percentage was surprisingly low: 37.5 at 60 percent.
Noppert was too strong for Gilding with the same stats. He trailed 2-3 but then took four legs in a row. Both his average and his strikeout percentage were higher than his opponent.
In the evening Vincent van der Voort will play in Germany. The world number 27 faces a tough task as he faces world number eighteen in Australian Damon Hedda.
On Friday it was Michael van Gerwen’s turn. The three-time world champion opens the European Darts Championship with a match against Chris Tobey, who is still undefeated.
Van Gerwen was crowned European champion in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and is therefore chasing his fifth title in Dortmund. Last year he lost in the final against Rob Cross.
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