Played over two sessions Day 2 served up some big shocks in the afternoon while the evening saw the Welsh Dragon’s flames snuffed out.
European Championships Day 2 review
The afternoon session saw the remaining first round games played out with a couple of shocks as a result.
Vincent van der Voort hammered Suljevic 6-1 in what can be seen as a big shock given their current rankings. Those who follow VvdV will actually not be as surprised by this result. Vincent seems to have his back problems finally under control after years of debilitating pain, and his form really seems to be coming back to him.
Looking at the form players of the Euro Tour you would have to class Michael Smith’s win over Ian White as something of a shock. White came into the event as second seed after a superb year on the Euros whereas Smith didn’t exactly shine on the continent. Nothing could have been further from the truth as Smith was a runaway winner 6-1.
The final shock of the afternoon came with Jeffrey de Zwaan taking down Peter Wright. The loss in the final of the Champions League of darts could still have been affecting Snakebite but de Zwaan was a worthy winner 6-4.
Elsewhere Gezzy Price managed to avoid a shock of his own against Ted Evetts, just getting over the line a 6-4 winner.
All the afternoon’s results:
Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Jamie Hughes
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Keegan Brown
Chris Dobey 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Steve Beaton
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Mensur Suljovic
Michael Smith 6-1 Ian White
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Ted Evetts
For a rapid review in video form we once again turn to our resident pro Matthew Edgar:
Chizzy snuffs out the dragon’s flame
Standout performance of the day came in the evening session. Fresh off the back of his scintillating first round performance Clayton will have had high hopes of setting the stage alight once again. Dave Chisnall had ideas of his own however, and Chizzy produced a breathtaking 109.75 average. Chizzy fired in 11 maximums and a 142 finish to snuff the flames of the welsh dragon. Despite another ton plus average and 2 121 finishes from Clayton, Chizzy ran out a comfortable 10-4 winner.
There were comfortable 10-7 wins for Rob Cross and Daryl Gurney against Joe Cullen and Simon Whitlock respectively. The evening finished with the match between Ricky Evans and Ross Smith, Smith will have been pumped for this after his victory over MvG the night before but never really found his stride until it was far too late. Another 10-7 result to end proceedings.
Rob Cross 10-7 Joe Cullen
Daryl Gurney 10-7 Simon Whitlock
Dave Chisnall 10-4 Jonny Clayton
Ricky Evans 10-7 Ross Smith