Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld among early casualties at the UK Open

De Zwaan sends home MVG (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld were among a host of high-profile casualties on the opening day of the 2018 UK Open in Minehead on Friday.

With the severe weather conditions having forced the venue to close to fans just hours before the start of play, the tournament had a somewhat subdued feel, but the key talking points came on the dartboard as a clutch of big names bit the dust.

A change of format saw what is traditionally Stage Two play host to Main Stage matches and four former UK Open champions were among those caught cold.

World number one and two-time UK Open champion Van Gerwen suffered his earliest exit in a televised ranking tournament since 2011 as he went down 10-8 to an inspired Jeffrey de Zwaan.

Van Gerwen fired in three ton-plus checkouts but failed to hit the heights which have seen him claim the Unibet Masters title and four ranking titles already this year.

Twenty one year-old De Zwaan landed six 180s and punished ten missed darts at doubles from his Dutch compatriot to pull off one of the biggest wins of his career to date.

"I can't believe it - I think I'm still dreaming," said De Zwaan. "The feeling was there, I've been playing really well for a few months so why not?"

Reigning UK Open champion Wright was sensationally knocked out in a last-leg decider by teenage debutant Nathan Rafferty.

The 18-year-old from Northern Ireland followed up a 6-3 defeat of Rileys Amateur Qualifier Jason Mold in Round Two with the biggest win of his career to overcome the world number two 10-9.
 
Wright, who claimed his maiden TV title in Minehead 12 months ago, hit back from deficits of 3-1 and 6-4 to lead 7-6 and 9-8, but Rafferty took the final two legs to complete a remarkable triumph.
 
"I'm over the moon," said Rafferty. "The aim was to get five legs so it's a good feeling to beat someone who won it last year."

"He's an unreal player and someone you look up to. The aim is to beat whoever's in front of me."
 
Adrian Lewis, the 2014 UK Open winner, also exited on the opening night as he went out 10-5 to Dirk van Duijvenbode - who followed up his 6-4 second round win over 2017 semi-finalist Alan Norris by claiming another big-name victim.
 
Two-time winner Van Barneveld survived six missed match darts from TV debutant Mike Norton before claiming a 6-5 second round win, only to then lose out 10-4 to Mervyn King in the Last 64.
 
Robert Thornton, the 2012 champion, also bowed out after a 10-8 defeat to David Pallett, leaving 2008 and 2011 winner James Wade as the only former champion remaining in the field going into Saturday's fourth round after the left-hander's 10-6 win over Simon Stevenson.
 
World Champion Rob Cross, who was a Rileys Amateur Qualifier at the 2016 UK Open, had to recover from 2-0, 5-3, 6-4 and 7-5 down before battling past former World Youth Championship finalist Nathan Aspinall 10-8.
 
2010 UK Open finalist Gary Anderson produced a classy opening to his challenge by reeling off seven successive legs to break a three-all deadlock with Robert Rickwood, landing four ton-plus checkouts on his way to a 10-7 win.
 
Last year's UK Open runner-up Gerwyn Price defeated James Wilson and Alex Roy - the ever-present who came through the Rileys Amateur Qualifiers - as he won through to the last 32.
 
Basingstoke-based delivery driver Paul Hogan was the best-performing Rileys Amateur Qualifier for a second successive year, as he defeated Darren Brown and Paul Nicholson to win through to the last 32.
 
The other three Rileys Amateur Qualifiers who won through to the third round, Harry Ward, David Airey and Darryl Pilgrim, all saw their runs in Minehead ended with losses to Chris Dobey, Jason Lowe and Steve West respectively.

Germany's Martin Schindler overcame a travel nightmare to compete in the tournament before booking his spot in the fourth round with a 10-7 win over Ryan Harrington.
 
Berlin's Schindler had two flights to the UK cancelled on Thursday before jetting into London Gatwick on Friday morning and getting a taxi to Minehead in time to compete.
 
Harrington - the son of former world number one Rod - had defeated Richie Burnett and Danny Noppert to reach the third round, but saw the young German take victory.
 
"It's the worst trouble I've had travelling and I was up at 4.30 in the morning to get here, but I'm glad I did," said Schindler. "I'm so happy to be here and I had nothing to lose. I'll sleep very well tonight."
 
Reigning World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney had seen Jelle Klaasen come from 7-4 down to lead 9-7 before the Dutchman's missed match darts allowed the world number five back in to snatch victory.
 
Premier League leader Michael Smith was a 10-5 winner against former World Championship finalist Kirk Shepherd, while Ian White claimed a 10-7 victory over Simon Whitlock.
 
Three-time World Champion John Part won three matches - and lost just four legs in the process - as defeats of John Morris, Paul Whitworth and David Evans put him into the last 32 in his best run in a TV event for over five years.
 
Australian duo Kyle Anderson and Corey Cadby overcame Vincent van der Voort and Michael Rasztovits respectively, while Belgium's Kim Huybrechts overcame German debutant Gabriel Clemens 10-8.
 
Dutch duo Jermaine Wattimena and Ron Meulenkamp overcame Steve West and Dave Prins, while Polish debutant Krzysztof Ratajski won 10-7 against Darren Webster and Robert Owen was a 10-2 winner in the all-Welsh tie with World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis.
 
Former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown overcame Joe Cullen 10-8, while Matthew Edgar overcame John Henderson 10-4 and Ricky Evans was a 10-6 winner over emerging youngster Luke Humphries.
 
Young left-hander Ryan Meikle knocked out world number seven Dave Chisnall 10-6, following up wins over Mickey Mansell and Mark Craddock with a memorable result to reach the fourth round.
 
Stephen Bunting overcame Justin Pipe 10-3, while Jonny Clayton - the runner-up in November's Players Championship Finals in Minehead - was a 10-6 winner over Michael Barnard.
 
Former UK Open finalists Terry Jenkins and Mark Walsh were first round victims, while 2013 runner-up Andy Hamilton lost out to Wattimena in round two alongside New Zealand's Cody Harris and Spanish duo Toni Alcinas and Jose Antonio Perales.
 
In total, 11 of the 128 players withdrew from the tournament after being unable to travel to Minehead for the three-day, ITV4-televised event.


Coral UK Open 2018 Results


Friday March 2

Afternoon Session

First Round

Main Stage
Paul Nicholson 6-5 Terry Jenkins
Ryan Harrington 6-5 Richie Burnett
Lee Evans 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
John Morris 2-6 John Part

Board Three
Mark Walsh 2-6 Alex Roy
Michael Burgoine Bye (Andrew Davidson withdrew)
Rene Eidams 6-4 Andrew Johnson
Michael Barnard Bye (Scott Robertson withdrew)
Bradley Brooks 6-4 Chris Quantock

Board Four
Cristo Reyes 5-6 Benito van de Pas
Andrew Pullen Bye (Mark Rice withdrew)
Simon Tate 3-6 Michael Rasztovits
Liam Kelly 0-6 Luke Humphries
Robert Rickwood Bye (Rene Berndt withdrew)

Board Five
Dirk van Duijvenbode Bye (Mick McGowan withdrew)
Daniel Lee 0-6 Harry Ward
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Adam Hunt
Mickey Mansell 5-6 Ryan Meikle
Darryl Pilgrim 6-2 Ian Jopling

Board Six
Dan Read 5-6 Joe Davis
Benjamin McClelland 4-6 David Airey
Martin Biggs Bye (Chris Lacey withdrew)
Ricky Evans 6-1 Andreas Hajiminia
Cody Harris 6-1 Tony Mitchell

Board Seven
Mark Craddock Bye (Craig Winstanley withdrew)
Andy Hamilton Bye (William O'Connor withdrew)
Martin Atkins 3-6 Paul Whitworth
Darren Brown 5-6 Paul Hogan

Board Eight
Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Andy Hibbert
George Killington 6-4 Andy Jenkins
Jason Mold 6-5 Prakash Jiwa
Darren Johnson 4-6 John Scott

Second Round

Main Stage - Red’s
Toni Alcinas 4-6 Alex Roy
James Wilson 2-6 Gerwyn Price
Alan Norris 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Mike Norton 5-6 Raymond van Barneveld

Board Three
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Martin Biggs
Richard North 5-6 Paul Nicholson
Benito van de Pas 4-6 David Evans
Lee Evans 5-6 Chris Dobey
Paul Hogan Bye (John Goldie withdrew)

Board Four
Danny Noppert 3-6 Ryan Harrington
Stuart Kellett 1-6 David Airey
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Rene Eidams
Vincent Kamphuis 3-6 Kirk Shepherd
Jason Mold 3-6 Nathan Rafferty
Daryl Pilgrim 6-4 Geert Nentjes

Board Five
Robert Owen 6-4 Michael Burgoine
Andy Hamilton 0-6 Jermaine Wattimena
Luke Humphries 6-3 Wayne Jones
Stephen Bunting 6-2 Bradley Brooks
Paul Whitworth 0-6 John Part

Board Six
Jose Justicia 2-6 Joe Cullen
Keegan Brown 6-3 George Killington
Andrew Gilding 0-6 Gabriel Clemens
Jason Lowe 6-4 John Scott

Board Seven
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Andrew Pullen
Carl Wilkinson 2-6 Ricky Evans
Cody Harris 2-6 Michael Barnard
Ron Meulenkamp 6-1 Joe Davis

Board Eight
Harry Ward 6-1 Ted Evetts
Michael Rasztovits Bye (Maik Langendorf withdrew)
Ryan Meikle 6-4 Mark Craddock
James Richardson 0-6 Robert Rickwood

Evening Session

Third Round

Main Stage
Nathan Aspinall 8-10 Rob Cross
Mervyn King 10-4 Raymond v Barneveld
Jeffrey de Zwaan 8-10 Michael van Gerwen
Robert Rickwood 3-10 Gary Anderson

Board Three
David Airey 3-10 Jason Lowe
John Part 10-2 David Evans
David Pallett 10-8 Robert Thornton
Ricky Evans 10-6 Luke Humphries
Kyle Anderson 10-7 Vincent van der Voort

Board Four
Steve Beaton 8-10 Jermaine Wattimena
Robert Owen 10-2 Jamie Lewis
Kim Huybrechts 10-8 Gabriel Clemens
Steve West 10-9 Darryl Pilgrim
Joe Cullen 10-8 Keegan Brown

Board Five
Krzysztof Ratajski 10-7 Darren Webster
Simon Stevenson 6-10 James Wade
Peter Wright 9-10 Nathan Rafferty
Chris Dobey 10-2 Harry Ward
Michael Rasztovits 5-10 Corey Cadby

Board Six
John Henderson 4-10 Matthew Edgar
Paul Hogan 10-6 Paul Nicholson
Kirk Shepherd 5-10 Michael Smith
Ian White 10-7 Simon Whitlock

Board Seven
Daryl Gurney 10-9 Jelle Klaasen
Martin Schindler 10-7 Ryan Harrington
Adrian Lewis 5-10 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Alex Roy 6-10 Gerwyn Price

Board Eight
Justin Pipe 3-10 Stephen Bunting
Dave Chisnall 6-10 Ryan Meikle
Jonny Clayton 10-6 Michael Barnard
Dave Prins 4-10 Ron Meulenkamp

Bye - Jamie Hughes


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