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European Darts Open results: Dutch delight in Leverkusen as Dirk van Duijvenbode dumps out champion

Dirk van Duijvenbode powered past reigning champion Gerwyn Price to reach the last 16 of the European Darts Open on Saturday, as Raymond van Barneveld dumped out Luke Humphries in Leverkusen.

Defending champion Price was sent by packing after Van Duijvenbode produced a brilliant 102 average to win 6-4.

Raymond van Barneveld rolled back the years to dump world number one Luke Humphries out of the European Open.

The 57-year-old Dutchman took advantage of an off night for the reigning world champion and claimed a 6-4 victory in front of a raucous German crowd.

With Scotland’s Euro 2024 fate to be decided a couple of hundred miles away in Stuttgart on Sunday, Peter Wright avoided an early Scottish exit here, coming from 3-1 down to beat Ritchie Edhouse 6-3.

In the battle of the former world champions, Michael Smith whitewashed Rob Cross 6-0 while Michael van Gerwen hit four maximums as he saw off Ireland’s Dylan Slevin 6-4.

Exeter’s Owen Bates, 21, continued his dream run as he came from behind to beat Danny Noppert.

Bates – who had secured his first ever Tour win by beating Joe Cullen in the previous round – survived three match darts as he edged Dutchman Noppert in a last-leg decider.

Josh Rock’s hopes of a second successive European Tour title remain on track after he beat Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3.

Earlier on Saturday in the afternoon session, second seed Dave Chisnall edged past Luke Woodhouse in a last-leg decider.

Stephen Bunting beat home favourite Kevin Troppmann 6-4 while Australian Damon Heta saw off Dom Taylor and Ryan Searle won against Daryl Gurney by the same scoreline.

Gian van Veen, Chris Dobey, Ross Smith and Dutchman Kevin Doets all also progressed, with the quarter-finals onwards set to be played to a conclusion on Sunday evening.

 

2024 European Darts Open

Gian van Veen 6-4 Andy Baetens

Stephen Bunting 6-4 Kevin Troppmann

Damon Heta 6-4 Dom Taylor

Ryan Searle 6-4 Daryl Gurney

Chris Dobey 6-5 Jeffrey de Graaf

Dave Chisnall 6-5 Luke Woodhouse

Ross Smith 6-2 Callan Rydz

Kevin Doets 6-4 Ricardo Pietreczko

Owen Bates 6-5 Danny Noppert

Michael Smith 6-0 Rob Cross

Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Gerwyn Price

Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Dylan Slevin

Martin Schindler 6-4 Karel Sedlacek

Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Luke Humphries

Peter Wright 6-3 Ritchie Edhouse

Josh Rock 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh

 

Photo Credit: Jonas Hunold/PDC Europe

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