In Mineshead, England, the best 64 players of the season are already warming up for the World Cup. And then you can come out against a clapper.
Raymond van Barneveld came out of the pot for Kim Huybrechts, who was a semi-finalist at the Grand Slam of Darts last week. The Dutchman floored number 1 in the world Gerwyn Price there.
But one tournament is not the other. Huybrechts averaged over 100 runs and rarely ran into problems against Van Barneveld. With 6 180’s the Dutchman could keep pace for a long time, but Huybrechts won the match 6-4. For a place in the eighth finals he has to compete against the Englishman Joe Cullen.
Earlier in the day, Dimitri Van den Bergh had already booked his ticket for the second round, albeit not without difficulty. Against the Englishman Martin Lukeman it went to 5-5, but “The Dreammaker” won the decisive leg. The 28-year-old from Antwerp gives in the second round to the Englishman Ritchie Edhouse.
And Mike De Decker also survived the first round of the major. He beat Welshman Jim Willams 6-4 and now takes on Luke Humphries. The Belgians score 3 out of 3. The 2nd and 3rd rounds are on the program on Saturday, the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final on Sunday.