3 things – World Grand Prix opening day

The welsh can compete

Two of the three Welsh qualifiers stormed through the opening round into the last 16 after the bookies stacked the odds against them. Mark Webster who it currently battling to retain his top 32 status. The spider overcame Stephen Bunting’s superior scoring to defeat the Premier League competitor 2-1. The Irish crowd was treated to Webster of old in the final leg as the former Lakeside champion pounced on Bunting’s missed doubles to seal the victory. Fellow red dragon Jamie Lewis took crowd favourite William O’Connor to a nail biting deciding leg in order to clinch his last 16 spot. Following a dismal opening leg, Lewis wrapped up the opening set . The pair exchanged blows throughout the opening match but it was the Irishman who came out on top to level things up. PDC youngster Lewis then missed 4 match darts, leaving the door a jar for O’Connor to snatch a victory on home turf. After receiving a fair amount of stick from the raucous home fans, Lewis stepped up to hit double 5 and carry himself into the second round for the first time in his career.

Jackpot’s form continuesadrian Lewis

Adrian Lewis maintained his scintillating form with a mouth-watering victory over Raymond Van Barneveld. The Dutchman, who has been absent from the past few weeks European tour events, took just one leg, and an average below 80. Lewis who failed to reach the quarter finals when crashing out to Kevin Painter last year, fired in a sensational second set, hitting a 177 and a 180 to double his lead. 16th ranks Van Barneveld is now likely to drop out of the top 16, an all time low for Barney since joining the PDC in 2007. While Jackpot is on the rise, he will have one eye on Decembers World Championships, the Grand Prix trophy will retain its huge significance in the 30-year-old’s priorities.

History maker Huybrechts

Belgian hotshot Kim Huybrechts made history by qualifying for the second round of the World Grand Prix. The hurricane has failed to progress in the past three years but he overcame Benito Van De Pas in a match where hit 3 180’s. The Dutch debutant missed numerous darts at, which the experienced former Premier League campaigner capitalized on with ease. Huybrechts showed tremendous character to claim the opening set after being pegged back to 2-2, following 3 set darts. He will now face world number one Michael Van Gerwen in the last 16,

 

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