RICKY EVANS claimed a shock 6-0 win over Michael Smith, while Michael van Gerwen and Rob Cross were among the winners in round two of the German Darts Grand Prix in Munich on Sunday.
Day Two of the third European Tour event of 2019 saw fast-throwing Evans sensationally knock out World Championship runner-up Smith in just 10 minutes 12 seconds to advance to Monday’s last 16.
Evans, who reached the final of the German Darts Championship in March, restricted Smith to just two darts at double as he got his bid for a first PDC title off to a flying start.
“Michael is normally the one doing that to me so I’m not going to get complacent, but I’m very glad to be through,” said Evans.
“I’ve never beaten Michael in the PDC so it’s nice to get that monkey off my back and it’s a great feeling to beat such a top player.
“I’m delighted to be in the next round and hopefully I can go one better than last time.”
Evans will face Ted Evetts in round three, after the multiple-Development Tour event winner produced another confident display, landing two ton-plus checkouts in a 6-2 win over Jonny Clayton.
Sunday’s second round of the £140,000 tournament saw Saturday’s 16 winning Qualifiers take on the 16 seeded players, as seven seeds suffered defeat at the Kulturhalle Zenith.
Reigning champion Van Gerwen was made to work hard for his 6-4 victory over Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski, but a 114 winning finish ensured the World Champion remains on course for an incredible 30th European Tour title.
The world number one will now meet Stephen Bunting, who once again caught the eye in his second successive 6-1 win of the weekend against Danny Noppert.
A resilient display from Joe Cullen saw him recover from 4-1 down to defeat Glen Durrant 6-5 in a gripping contest.
Durrant got off to a flying start and led 3-0 before Cullen took out a 146 checkout to get his first leg on the board, only for Durrant to restore his three-leg cushion.
Cullen dug deep to take the match to a deciding leg which he ended with five consecutive treble 20s before finding double five for a 130 finish to win the decider against throw in spectacular style.
“The European Tour brings the best out of me every time, I love playing in Germany,” said Cullen.
“No matter how tough the draw is I play well in these events, and even though I was 4-1 down I noticed Glen was struggling to find the treble a bit which gave me confidence.
“To win it with that 130 at the end was pretty special and gives me extra belief going into tomorrow.”
Cullen will take on Ritchie Edhouse who claimed a shock 6-5 win over two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis, winning the deciding leg with a stunning 160 finish.
The sole German representative heading into Sunday, Max Hopp delighted the Munich crowd with a 6-3 success over Keegan Brown and he will now meet Kim Huybrechts, who survived a match dart before taking out 70 to knock out European Champion James Wade 6-5.
World number two Cross began his quest for a maiden European Tour title with a 6-3 victory over Austria’s Michael Rasztovits and he will now face world number five Daryl Gurney, who saw off Kyle Anderson 6-4.
European Tour fans’ favourite Mensur Suljovic will meet Dave Chisnall after the pair claimed 6-2 victories over Josh Payne and Arron Monk respectively, with Chisnall averaging 108.96, the highest of the tournament so far.
Simon Whitlock claimed a much-needed 6-4 win over Cristo Reyes and he will now come up against in-form Ross Smith, who got the better of third seed Peter Wright 6-4.
Darren Webster returned to form with an emphatic 6-1 triumph over Nathan Derry, and he will take on Czech Karel Sedlacek, who defeated second seed Ian White 6-4 in a game of missed doubles.
Monday’s third and final day of the German Darts Grand Prix will see the last 16 matches take place in the afternoon session, before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening.
All the action will be broadcast on video.pdc.tv, and through a series of bookmakers’ websites worldwide.
2019 German Darts Grand Prix
Schedule of Play
Sunday April 21Second RoundAfternoon Session
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Ian White
Ted Evetts 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Darren Webster 6-1 Nathan Derry
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Danny Noppert
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Kyle Anderson
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Arron Monk
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 James Wade
Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 Adrian Lewis
Max Hopp 6-3 Keegan Brown
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski
Rob Cross 6-3 Michael Rasztovits
Ricky Evans 6-0 Michael Smith
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Josh Payne
Joe Cullen 6-5 Glen Durrant
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Cristo Reyes
Ross Smith 6-4 Peter Wright
Monday April 22Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)
Michael van Gerwen v Stephen Bunting
Ricky Evans v Ted Evetts
Rob Cross v Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic v Dave Chisnall
Karel Sedlacek v Darren Webster
Kim Huybrechts v Max Hopp
Ritchie Edhouse v Joe Cullen
Ross Smith v Simon Whitlock
Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 GMT)
Van Gerwen/Bunting v Evans/Evetts
Cross/Gurney v Suljovic/Chisnall
Sedlacek/Webster v Huybrechts/Hopp
Edhouse/Cullen v Smith/Whitlock
Monday’s games played in Draw Bracket order
All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs.
Last 16: £3,000
Last 32: £2,000
Last 48: £1,000