Former world champion Rob Cross stunned on opening day of Interwetten Darts Open

It was an entertaining first night at the Interwetten International Darts Open, but probably not if you're Rob Cross.

Krzysztof Kciuk caused a big upset at the Interwetten International Darts Open in Riesa by beating Rob Cross on the opening day.

The Polish ace was expected to be easy prey for the reigning European Champion, but Cross missed nine darts at a double during the match to open the door for Kciuk.

He was only too happy to accept the invitation, at one stage reeling off five legs in a row to claim a huge 6-1 win.

Dimitri Van den Bergh was also in fine form, producing an average of 101.44 to inflict a 6-2 defeat on Martin Lukeman to set up a clash with Mensur Suljovic.

World number one Gerwyn Price will face Ritchie Edhouse after the latter sneaked past Ryan Searle 6-4.

Meanwhile, reigning world champion Peter Wright will come up against Luke Woodhousem who beat Andy Boulton 6-2.

There was an all-German clash too between Nico Kurz and Gabriel Clemens, with Kurz advancing to play Dirk van Duijvenbode courtesy of a 6-3 win.

The highest checkout of the day belonged to Jermaine Wattimena. However, his 170 out was not enough to spare him from a 6-2 defeat to Niko Springer.

Elsewhere there were wins for Kim Huybrechts and Daryl Gurney, while Australian Simon Whitlock whitewashed Dragutin Horvat to earn a second round match against world championship finalist Michael Smith.

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