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Jamie Bain knocks out Beaton as Webster edges past Meikle at the German Darts Grand Prix

Darren Webster produces a fine First Round showing (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Jamie Bain battled back from behind to send Steve Beaton crashing out of the 2017 German Grand Prix at the first hurdle in Mannheim on Friday, while Darren Webster turned on the style to see off Ryan Meikle.

Beaton had enjoyed a superb run to last weekend's Dutch Masters final but suffered an early exit at the Maimarkthalle as Bain overturned a 3-1 deficit.

The rapid Scotsman produced crucial finishes of 72 and 89 in turning the tide and setting up a Second Round meeting with Jelle Klaasen on Saturday.

Webster atoned for last week's First Round exit with a high quality victory over fellow Norfolk thrower Meikle - who averaged 96 and hit four 180s in a credible display.

The youngster fired in finishes of 80 and 86 en route to a 4-2 lead, before Webster hit back with a terrific 132 checkout to restore parity.

Webster then took the initiative courtesy of an 81 checkout for an 11-darter, but only for Meikle to finish 70 and force a nail-biting finish.

The experience of 'The Demolition Man', however, shone through as he kicked off the leg with back-to-back 140s and converted double five to seal the deal with six 180s and a 101 average.

Kyle Anderson was equally impressive in the evening session as he dispatched Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 with a 101 average, fending off a 100.85 average from the Dutchman.

Anderson took the opening two legs with finishes of 98 and 72 before Van Duijvenbode swiftly hit back to restore parity.

The Aussie ace regained the upper-hand with double five before Van Duijvenbode took out 87 for 3-3, and despite the Dutch qualifier edging ahead, 'The Original' finished 72 again to level.

Van Duijvenbode was left to rue one missed dart at tops in leg nine as Anderson cleaned up 64 before securing victory with a 94 checkout in the following leg.

Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski, a quarter-finalist last weekend, continued his fine run of form as he averaged 95.6 in a 6-4 victory over Welshman Robert Owen.

Jamie Caven marked his European Tour return with a 6-4 victory over German number one Max Hopp, hitting four 180s and a high checkout of 136 along the way.

Richard North kept his hopes of World Grand Prix qualification on track by seeing off Mick Todd 6-3, while Belgium's Ronny Huybrechts also remains in the running for a place in the double-start show-piece after defeating Austria's Zoran Lerchbacher 6-3.

Welsh star Jamie Lewis produced a timely 180 in the deciding leg on the way to a hard-fought 6-5 victory over Stoke's Andy Boulton.

Vincent van der Voort brushed aside a below-par Andrew Gilding 6-2, while former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown also defeated James Richardson by the same scoreline.

Ireland's Mick McGowan battled back from behind to dump out home favourite Martin Schindler, while Sweden's Daniel Larsson dropped just one leg in thrashing Host Nation qualifier Michael Hurtz.

Nathan Aspinall continued his impressive spell of form on the European Tour with a 6-3 win over German veteran Bernd Roith, meanwhile Belgian qualifier Tony Martinez enjoyed a debut triumph over Paul Rowley.

Jermaine Wattimena came through an all-Dutch show-down with Michael Plooy 6-4, while former Lakeside semi-finalist Jan Dekker battled his way to a 6-4 win over Northern Ireland's Mickey Mansell - who hit a nine-darter in qualifying for this tournament.

German Darts Grand Prix 2017 Results


Friday September 8

First Round

Afternoon Session
Paul Rowley 3-6 Tony Martinez
Jamie Caven 6-4 Max Hopp
Jan Dekker 6-3 Mickey Mansell
Michael Plooy 4-6 Jermaine Wattimena
Mick Todd 3-6 Richard North
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Bernd Roith
Darren Webster 6-5 Ryan Meikle
Ronny Huybrechts 6-3 Zoran Lerchbacher

Evening Session
Michael Hurtz 1-6 Daniel Larsson
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Andy Boulton
James Richardson 2-6 Keegan Brown
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Robert Owen
Jamie Bain 6-4 Steve Beaton
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Andrew Gilding
Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-6 Kyle Anderson
Martin Schindler 3-6 Mick McGowan


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Jamie Bain knocks out Beaton as Webster edges past Meikle at the German Darts Grand Prix

Jamie Bain battled back from behind to send Steve Beaton crashing out of the 2017 German Grand Prix at the first hurdle in Mannheim on Friday, while Darren Webster turned on the style to see off Ryan Meikle.

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