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Vintage Vincent van der Voort stuns Adrian Lewis at the European Darts Matchplay

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 9 Jun 2017
Van der Voort dumps out the two-time World Champion (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Vincent van der Voort produced a vintage display to knock Adrian Lewis out of the 2017 European Darts Matchplay at the First Round stage in Hamburg on Friday.

The rapid Dutchman raced into a 5-0 lead to leave the Premier League star shell-shocked, but only for Lewis to launch a superb fightback - during which he threatened a nine-dart finish on two occasions.

Van der Voort's five-leg burst included checkouts of 116, 81 and 105 amid a series of missed darts at doubles from the world number four.

Lewis got off the mark via double eight after Van der Voort had missed one match dart at the bull - before missing a further three in the following leg to let 'Jackpot' off the hook.

Lewis opened up the eighth leg with seven perfect darts and went one better in the next as he wired double 12 for perfection at the InselParkhalle.

Van der Voort, though responded with his fourth maximum and converted double 11 to close out a thrilling triumph and set up a show-down with Benito van de Pas on Saturday.

Another topsy-turvy contest saw Yorkshireman Peter Jacques edge out Chris Dobey in a last-leg decider, with Dobey paying the price for four missed match darts.

Andy Hamilton held his nerve to secure a first European Tour win of 2017 as he denied home favourite Martin Schindler by the same scoreline, with the young German left to rue two missed match darts.

There was also disappointment for Schindler's World Cup team-mate Max Hopp as he surrendered a 2-0 lead in a 6-2 defeat to Mike de Decker despite taking the first leg with a stunning 170 checkout.

Stephen Bunting utilised his vast big stage experience to fend off a late rally from young Belgian Kenny Neyens in an eventual 6-3 victory.

Kyle Anderson survived two match darts from Christian Kist on the way to wrapping up a tense 6-5 win, while Finland's Marko Kantele overcame Spain's Antonio Alcinas by the same scoreline.

Justin Pipe averaged 98.5 and hit four 180s in an impressive 6-4 defeat of Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski, as Richard North marked his European Tour debut with a 6-1 rout of Mickey Mansell.

Mansell's fellow countryman Brendan Dolan was also on the wrong end of a 6-1 thrashing - this time at the hands of Peter Hudson - who hit six out of seven attempts at a double.

Dirk van Duijvenbode defied the odds as he knocked out Darren Webster 6-3 with the aid of a 122 checkout, while former World Youth finalist Nathan Aspinall also dispatched York left-hander Chris Quantock 6-3.

John Henderson staged a superb comeback from 4-1 down to defeat Host Nation qualifier Mike Holz 6-4 with a 160 checkout in the final leg as he set up a show-down with Michael van Gerwen.

Greece's John Michael came from 4-2 down and survived eight match darts as he defeated German debutant Erik Tautfest with a 141 checkout in the deciding leg.

Dutch youngster Jimmy Hendriks enjoyed a 6-4 win over veteran Andy Jenkins, while James Wilson ended the debut of Lee Bryant with a solid 6-4 victory.

European Darts Matchplay 2017 Results


Friday June 9

Round One

Afternoon Session
Peter Hudson 6-1 Brendan Dolan
Richard North 6-1 Mickey Mansell
Krzysztof Ratajski 4-6 Justin Pipe
Andy Hamilton 6-5 Martin Schindler
Lee Bryant 4-6 James Wilson
Marko Kantele 6-5 Antonio Alcinas
Mike de Decker 6-2 Max Hopp
Andy Jenkins 4-6 Jimmy Hendriks

Evening Session
Chris Quantock 3-6 Nathan Aspinall
Darren Webster 3-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
John Henderson 6-4 Mike Holz
Peter Jacques 6-5 Chris Dobey
Kenny Neyens 3-6 Stephen Bunting
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Adrian Lewis
Erik Tautfest 5-6 John Michael
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Christian Kist


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