The bookmakers odds certainly didn’t suggest that the Dutch Destroyer could compete with the 16 time World Champion. But after just 2, action packed sets of darts, Van Der Voort had sunk Taylor, and resigned him to his first ever first round defeat in Dublin. The Dutchman was quick out the blocks throughout the opening set, failing to miss any double tops to kick start the leg. Consistent scoring and ridiculous finishing at times, it must be said something we have rarely seen from the 39-year-old, meant that Taylor’s 97 average was not enough to get a set on the board. With Wade also crashing out in the first round. VDV will fancy his chances of a decent showing at the CityWest Hotel.
The nine darter wait goes on.
Phil Taylor was just a wire wobbling width away from securing the first 9-darter of the tournament. The crowd had their heads in their hands as the dart scraped into the 25, narrowly missing out on the honours. James wade posted a sumptuous 11-dart leg containing a scintillating 180, but also couldn’t find that perfect leg that the Irish fans were searching for. Finally Robert Thornton tried his luck in the final game of the veining. The Scotsman was looking to repeat the perfect leg as he did the previous year in his second round match against James Wade. Secured a 160, swiftly followed by a 180. But the 7th dart slipped below the lipstick.
Whitlock back on song
So often magnificent players hit the wall in their career and never recover. Go down the drain so to speak. This is what seemed to have been happening with Simon Whitlock. In 2012 the Wizard was a Premier League runner up, and a European Champion. Since then his major records have desperately declined. Richie Burnett confirmed Whitlock’s loss of form was not just a blip in Lat years opening round at the World Grand Prix. But year on from that tie, the Australian may have reversed his fortunes. Despite his opponent Andrew Gilding not getting out of first gear, the Wizard produced some superb scoring to motor ahead. He sealed his return in style, hitting a 167 to set up double 8 and secure his place in the second round.