Daniel Larsson 6-0 Justin Pipe
The 35 year old Swede pulled off the first shock of the 2017 HappyBet German Darts Masters as he whitewashed Justin Pipe 6-0. He said “I did not expect that, Justin plays normally much better”, he pointed out that “I can win on the big stage”. As for Pipe, he never got going in this First round clash. He picked up in the last leg getting a couple of 140s, but missed D6 for a break of throw. Larsson was in fine form, hitting plenty of 180s and 140s when he needed them. He plays Kim Huybrechts in the second round on Sunday.
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6- 1 Krzysztof Ratajski
Rowby- John hit 2 180s, and a 96 average on his way to a 6-1 thrashing of ‘The Polish Champion’ Krzysztof Ratajski. Rowby John started off slow, but in the end couldn’t be stopped. He plays 5th Seed Benito van de Pas in the second round.
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Ronny Huybrechts
The best match of the day so far saw Jonny Clayton rob the match from ‘The Rebel’ Ronny Huybrechts at the death. Both players were clinical in holding throw, until the 11th & final leg, where Ronny suffered from double trouble, and Clayton took out D16 for the match. Huybrechts will have been disappointed, having thrown the better darts throughout the match. Clayton plays Simon Whitlock in the second round. Clayton had this to say about his clash: “Simon’s obviously a very good player, so I’ll have to pull some darts out to beat him”
Dragutin Horvat 6–4 Brian Woods
It wasn’t pretty, but ‘Blaco’ Dragutin Horvat got the job done. Brian Woods attempted to mount a comeback, but was denied by a 24 dart leg break of throw in the 8th leg. Both players averaged in the 70s for most of the game, but it didn’t matter in the end, as Horvat had the crowd on his side, and eventually got over the line. Dragutin plays 12th seed Michael Smith in the 2nd round on Sunday.
Ted Evetts 6-4 Joe Murnan:
19 year old ‘Super Ted’ Ted Evetts produced a ‘super’ display to defeat world number 41 Joe Murnan. He was over 50% on the doubles and fired in a 13 darter to seal the deal. Murnan looked like he would pull away in the early stages, but it was never in doubt for Evetts, who plays 15th seed Stephen Bunting in the second round. Bunting has been struggling of late, and if Evetts plays like he did vs Murnan, anything could happen.
Jamie Lewis 6–3 Zoran Lerchbacher
Jamie Lewis came through this tough encounter with a mid 80s average and a date with Mensur Suljovic in the 2nd round. Lerchbacher hit a few 180s and made the match look like it could have gone either way, but double trouble for the Hypercane gave Lewis a chance to close it out.
Max Hopp 6–3 Robert Owen
Threatening to get back to his best, Max Hopp made hard work of the last 3 legs to defeat ‘Stack Attack’ Robert Owen. He averaged around 100 during the match but seemed to become complacent in the last 3 legs, allowing Owen to rattle off 2 on the spin. He’ll need to improve to beat another Welshman, Gerwyn Price in the 2nd round. The Welshman is in the form of his life, reaching a UK Open final and performing very well on the pro tour.
Mark Webster 6-4 Robbie Green
An out of sorts Mark Webster overcame an off form Robbie Green to round off this afternoons action. Both players struggled to hit their doubles, but Mark Webster took out a 161 to claim the 8th leg. From there on it was like the old News of the World format- first to two. Robbie Green seemed to struggle throughout the game on what was a tough day for him- the 28th Anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. Webster was happy with the win, while maintaining that it was an ugly win. Webster plays the 2nd seed Peter Wright in the second round.