Dave Chisnall delivered a hell of a match against Glen Durrant. The Englishman opened four times with a 160 score and scored an average of more than 102 points per turn. “Chizzy” opened the game with a 112 finish to be out a leg later in eleven darts. Durrant did something back, but in the end Chisnall took the first set thanks to tops and an average of 104.
After the break, Chisnall continued to dominate. Last year’s finalist scored far too strongly for “Duzza”. For a long time Chisnall even seemed to set a new record in terms of the highest average ever at the World Grand Prix, but a missed double before closing the market threw a spanner in the works.
Clemens too strong for Aspinall
The German Gabriel Clemens has provided a surprise. “The German Giant” was a size too big for Nathan Aspinall, the number six on the placement list in the opening round. Clemens immediately hit the ball by packing the first set against the darts. The German didn’t even play great, but Aspinall didn’t reach his level. In the second set, the Englishman took the first two legs, he even got a dart on tops for a tie, but he still had to watch Clemens take the win.
Cullen sends the former winner home
Joe Cullen and Daryl Gurney were well-matched in their first round match. “The Rockstar” won the first set quite easily as Gurney (65 average) did not show up in the opening phase. In the second set, the Englishman missed a 100th finish for the race, the Northern Irishman came alongside and equalized. In the third set was one decider necessary to designate a winner. Cullen immediately found an opening double and was no longer in danger of using his second match dart.
In the second round, “The Rockstar” takes on Jonny Clayton. The Welshman treated Ian White to a 2-1 defeat. Clayton took the first set despite averaging only 77 points. After the interruption, “The Diamond” put things in order, but in the decisive set, the Englishman did not serve himself. White missed the big eighteen and was therefore not allowed to go to bull’s eye in his own leg. Clayton took advantage and took the leg of his opponent to finish it shortly afterwards in style with a 106 finish.
Kim Huybrechts can prepare for the second round. The Belgian was 2-1 too strong for Brendan Dolan. The man from Antwerp was 1-0 behind thanks to two 100+ finishes of his opponent, but fought his way back into the match. With a score of 2-1 in the deciding set, “The Hurricane” forced a break to finish the match thanks to tops.
Simon Whitlock, the man who benefited from two positive corona tests, is also assured of a longer stay in Coventry. The Australian showed his class in his match against Chris Dobey. “The Wizzard” was clear on the opening double in the first set and took this set 3-0. After the break Dobey managed to take a leg, but this was nothing more than a final convulsion because Whitlock (101 average) conjured up a double first on the board in the remainder.