Success for Superchin in Wieze

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Former World Grand Prix winner Daryl Gurney was amongst those in advancing to the Second Round of the 2023 Belgian Darts Open, beating Irish international Dylan Slevin 6-3 in Wieze.

Superchin has enjoyed a resurgent year in 2023 after his early exit at the World Championship back in December. The Winmau man included a 54.55% checkout rate in his First-Round win, going through to face Martin Schindler in Saturday’s afternoon session.

Gurney reached the Semi Finals of the Austrian Darts Open in April, losing to eventual winner Jonny Clayton in the Semi Finals. Could the Northern Irishman claim success this weekend and pick up his second Euro Tour title?

Ricky Evans whitewashed home favourite Kim Huybrechts to set up a showdown with defending champion Dave Chisnall on Saturday, missing just two darts at double and including an average off 99.10.

Rapid claimed the third leg of the match with a 107 finish, before finding his second ton plus checkout off 110 to seal a place in the Second Round.

Gary Anderson claimed his first Euro Tour win in over 7 years, after beating Players Championship 9 winner Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 including 5 180s. The Flying Scotsman is another player who has hit form in 2023, beating the Polish Eagle 8-5 to win Pro Tour 8 in Hildesheim back in March.

The back-to-back World Champion advances in Wieze to face good mate Ryan Searle in the Second Round on Saturday.

Masters champion Chris Dobey safely booked his place in the Second Round, after claiming a 6-3 victory over Czech Republic international Dalibor Smolik.

Hollywood who reached the Semi Finals on Night 14 of the Premier League in Manchester, included 3 180s in front of a packed crowd at the Oktoberhallen to set up a Second-Round clash with Josh Rock in Saturday’s evening session.

Elsewhere, home favourite Andy Baetens beat Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 with a 66.67% checkout rate, going through to face UK Open champion Andrew Gilding in the Second Round.

European Championship winner Ross Smith fell to a 6-4 defeat against Martijn Kleermaker, with the Dutch Giant advancing to face World Number 9 Nathan Aspinall.

The action continues tomorrow from Wieze as the Second Round commences, with Andrew Gilding facing Andy Baetens in the first match from midday on Saturday.

2023 Belgian Darts Open Results:

First Round:

Bradley Brooks 6-3 Richard Veenstra
Ted Evetts 6-2 Dennis Nilsson
Damian Mol 6-5 Jeff Smith
Keane Barry 6-1 Sven Hilling
Gabriel Clemens 6-0 Graham Usher
Jose de Sousa 6-3 Francois Schweyen
Stefan Bellmont 6-4 Robert Owen
Andy Baetens 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Matt Campbell 6-3 Callan Rydz
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Dylan Slevin
Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Ross Smith
Gary Anderson 6-1 Krzysztof Ratajski
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 James Wade
Ricky Evans 6-0 Kim Huybrechts
Chris Dobey 6-3 Dalibor Smolik
Dimitri van den Bergh 6-1 Ian White

2023 Belgian Darts Open: Day 2 Afternoon Session Order of Play

Second Round:

Andrew Gilding v Andy Baetens
Rob Cross v Stefan Bellmont
Joe Cullen v Matt Campbell
Danny Noppert v Ted Evetts
Damon Heta v Damian Mol
Martin Schindler v Daryl Gurney
Ryan Searle v Gary Anderson
Jonny Clayton v Keane Barry


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