The latest PDC European Tour event sees players competing for £140,000 in prize money from May 24-26 at the Ijsselhallen. William O ‘Conner is off and running but will meet MVG in his next game.
Michael van Gerwen will face William O’Connor in his homecoming on Saturday after the Irish ProTour event winner picked up a 6-2 success over Ryan Joyce in the opening game of the tournament.
Danny van Trijp became the first Dutch winner of the weekend with a hard-fought 6-5 triumph over Keegan Brown, with the 22-year-old releasing an outpouring of emotion after coming through a last-leg decider to secure the biggest win of his career.
Glen Durrant advanced to the second round of a European Tour event for the third time in 2019 with a comfortable 6-1 win over Alexander Merkx.
Mickey Mansell returned from 3-4 down Kyle Anderson to secure a 6-4 win, and the Northern Irishman will now face European Darts Grand Prix Champion Ian White.
Wesley Plaisier was the first Dutch Qualifier to take to the stage in Zwolle, but he succumbed to a 6-1 loss at the hands of Brendan Dolan.
Florian Hempel produced a fine display in a 6-0 whitewash of Ryan Harrington. The German player landing checkouts of 156 and 101 in his first PDC stage appearance.
Meanwhile, Rowby-John Rodriguez posted a 108.79 average in his 6-2 win over Mike de Decker, who also averaged 104.72 in a high-quality affair.
Danny Noppert wrapped up the first session, with a 104.56 average and a 6-1 defeat of recent Players Championship 16 winner Harry Ward, who also averaged 103.32.
2019 Dutch Darts Masters
Friday May 24
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
William O’Connor 6-2 Ryan Joyce
Mickey Mansell 6-4 Kyle Anderson
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Wesley Plaisier
Florian Hempel 6-0 Ryan Harrington
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-2 Mike De Decker
Danny van Trijp 6-5 Keegan Brown
Glen Durrant 6-1 Alexander Merkx
Danny Noppert 6-1 Harry Ward
The next session is due to get underway in just a few minutes time. DartsWorld’s resident coach will be keeping a sharp eye on a few members of the ‘old guard’ who are in action this evening.