Ryan Searle sees off Peter Wright at the International Darts Open

Searle continues his fine run of form (credit:Michael Braunschädel (PDC Europe))

Ryan Searle continued his impressive run of form with a 6-4 scalp of Peter Wright in Round Two of the 2018 International Open in Riesa on Saturday, as James Richardson sent home Dave Chisnall.

Searle, who recently reached his first ProTour final, reeled off four consecutive legs from 4-2 down to stun the number one seed at the Sachsen Arena.

Defending champion Wright had established a 2-0 lead before Searle took out 90 on the bullseye to get off the mark.

A 76 finish saw Searle close the gap to 3-2 adrift, though Wright swiftly restored a two-leg cushion with double eight.

Three missed darts at doubles from Wright proved pivotal in leg eight as Searle levelled the tie, and after 'Snakebite' missed double 16 for a 131 checkout in the next leg, Searle cleaned up 80 to hit the front.

The Somerset star then sealed the deal in style with a 101 checkout for a 12-darter in the following leg.

"Things are going really well for me at the moment, this is a big win for my career," said Searle.

"I took it one leg at a time and I took my chances when I got them, so I'm happy with the victory even though that wasn't the best Peter Wright I played.

"Getting to the final of a ProTour event gave me massive confidence and now I want to push on even further."

Chisnall was another of the six seeded players to bow out at the Last 32 stage as he went down in a deciding leg to James Richardson in the afternoon session.

The Rushden thrower took advantage of a below-par 'Chizzy' as he produced a 13-darter in the final leg to edge through to the Last 16 of a European Tour event for the second time this year.

Second seed Mensur Suljovic survived a scare as he denied Ryan Joyce in a last-leg decider after the Tyneside thrower had missed a match dart at the bullseye.

Joyce had recovered from 4-2 down to lead 5-4 with checkouts of 116 and 127 en route but was left to rue one missed match dart as Suljovic finished 76 to send it the distance before getting over the line with a 68 outshot.

Home favourite Max Hop saw his hopes dashed by veteran Steve Beaton as the former Lakeside Champion clinched a 6-5 victory.

Beaton utilised his vast experience to produce a 118 checkout in the decider and set up a clash with Simon Whitlock on Sunday.

Whitlock also had to come through a tense decider as he edged out in-form James Wilson with a high checkout of 150 along the way.

Martin Schindler ensured German representation on the final day of action after he thrashed Kim Huybrechts 6-1 with a 96 average.

The in-form youngster landed three 180s and a high checkout of 158 in a clinical display to brush aside the number 16 seed.

Danny Noppert kept his hopes of World Grand Prix qualification alive thanks to a 6-2 defeat of Jermaine Wattimena.

Noppert, who whitewashed Robert Thornton in Round One, punished a series of missed doubles (2/10) from his fellow Dutchman to seal a convincing victory.

Steve West produced the stand-out performance of the tournament so far as he averaged 111.3 in a 6-1 rout of Mervyn King.

West, who was battling a back injury, fired in four 180s and 55 per cent on the doubles in a dominant display to set up a show-down with Jonny Clayton.

"It surprised me the way I played - it was good," admitted West. "When I came off yesterday my back was really bad. This morning I had a massage and it worked - until I walked!

"In the practice room I was in a lot of pain and I was rubbish - I didn't throw anything like that at all. Mervyn is awesome and it's hard to play my best mate - but I'll take it!"

Austrian Open champion Clayton held firm to seal a 6-5 victory over Steve Lennon in which he registered six maximums and completed the win with a 15-darter on double 18 in the decider.

Ian White, last weekend's Dutch Championship winner, continued his red hot form on the Euro Tour as he averaged 108 in a 6-2 rout of Jelle Klaasen.

The Stoke ace landed a terrific 164 checkout and 60 per cent on the doubles in a merciless showing as he moved through to face Richardson.

Darren Webster overcame a spell of double trouble as he dispatched Northern Ireland's Mickey Mansell 6-4 despite converting just 20 per cent of his attempts at a finish.

Stephen Bunting safely saw off former UK Open quarter-finalist Barry Lynn 6-3 with a 97 average to progress to a meeting with fellow ex World Champion Adrian Lewis.

Lewis enjoyed a 6-0 whitewash of an out of sorts Terry Jenkins - who averaged just 80.7 on an evening to forget for the multiple major finalist.

World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney was a comfortable 6-2 winner over Host Nation qualifier Robert Marijanovic, while Joe Cullen landed a 143 checkout and ended with 60 per cent on the doubles in a 6-3 win over a resurgent Ross Smith.

International Darts Open 2018 Results

Saturday September 15

Second Round

Afternoon Session
Martin Schindler 6-1 Kim Huybrechts
Darren Webster 6-4 Mickey Mansell
Steve West 6-1 Mervyn King
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Barry Lynn
Gerwyn Price 6-3 John Henderson
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Steve Lennon
James Richardson 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Danny Noppert 6-2 Jermaine Wattimena
Evening Session 
Ian White 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
Simon Whitlock 6-5 James Wilson
Max Hopp 5-6 Steve Beaton
Joe Cullen 6-3 Ross Smith
Adrian Lewis 6-0 Terry Jenkins
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Ryan Joyce
Peter Wright 4-6 Ryan Searle
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Robert Marijanovic

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Ryan Searle sees off Peter Wright at the International Darts Open

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