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The Dutchman began his attempt to crown the fourth world championship with a difficult 3-1 victory over newcomer Chas Barstow; Robbie John Rodriguez, Jim Williams and Adam Hunt also reign supreme on Saturday night at Ally Pally

Last update: 12/18/21 11:17 PM


A look back at the highlights from the evening session of Day 4 of the World Darts Championships.

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A look back at the highlights from the evening session of Day 4 of the World Darts Championships.

A look back at the highlights from the evening session of Day 4 of the World Darts Championships.

Three-time winner Michael Van Gerwin was forced to recover from an initial start in the opening game of the World Darts Championships, before defeating Chas Barstow in an entertaining game Saturday night.

Van Gerwin – who made his 15th appearance at Alexandra Palace – is seeking to lift his first major title of the season after suffering his longest drought since his huge success at the 2012 World Grand Prix.

The 31-year-old has given a string of irrepressible performances over recent months, although he hasn’t been able to translate that into silverware, and was spooked early on by gritty Barstow, who knocked out John Norman Jr in the first round.

Van Gerwin received a standing ovation from the party crowd in north London, but the Dutchman was in shock after the opening group surrendered in a dramatic fashion.

World Darts Championship – Saturday evening results

R1 Adam Hunt 3-0 Boris Krakmar
R1 Ted Evetts 1-3 Jim Williams
R1 Robbie John Rodriguez 3-0 Nick Kenny
R2 Michael Van Gerwin 3-1 Chace Barstow
Despite losing the first set, Michael Van Gerwin rebounded to win 3-1 over Chas Barstow in the second round

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Despite losing the first set, Michael Van Gerwin rebounded to win 3-1 over Chas Barstow in the second round

Despite losing the first set, Michael Van Gerwin rebounded to win 3-1 over Chas Barstow in the second round

The pair exchanged four straight times in a high-quality start to the action, but Van Gerwin wasted seven darts in a double for the first blood draw, and his frustration was compounded when Barstow turned 116 tense killers on tops to snatch them.

Van Gerwen’s fragility on the outer ring continued into the early stages of the second set as Barstow continued his run, but two of the 61 MVGs shifted the pendulum, returning a clinical formula of 80 divalent darts in one group.

World Darts Championship – Sunday Darts

afternoon
R1 Mike Kovenhoven against Key Smith
R1 Jason Hever against Gordon Mathers
R1 Alan Soutar against Diogo Portilla
R2 Stephen Banting against Ross Smith
Morocco, West, sunset
R1 Martin Tailor against John Michael
R1 Florian Hempel against Martin Schindler
R1 Steve Peyton against Fallon Cherokee
R2 Johnny Clayton against Ken Barry

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‘The Green Machine’ inexplicably saw his double troubles emerge early in the third set, however Barstow was unable to capitalize on the occasion, as MVG wrapped it up unanswered to extend his winning streak to six straight legs.

Barstow stopped rotting to open his account in the fourth set, although an astonishing sequence of six darts from Van Gerwen made him victorious, going on to a stunning visit of 174 by turning 99 at the end into a 16-fold breakout throw.

Chas Barstow capitalized on Michael van Gerwin's missed doubles, scoring 116 points to take the first set

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Chas Barstow capitalized on Michael van Gerwin’s missed doubles, scoring 116 points to take the first set

Chas Barstow capitalized on Michael van Gerwin’s missed doubles, scoring 116 points to take the first set

This gave Van Gerwen the opportunity to close him, and he didn’t need another call, resulting in a matching 99 exit to seal his lead in 12 arrows.

“I’m not really happy with the way I played. I should do better in the next round. I know that,” admitted Van Gerwin, who averaged 94.54 and shot in six 180 seconds, despite losing 25 in double darts.

Despite advancing to the third round, Michael Van Gerwin was disappointed with his performance after defeating Chas Barstow 3-1.

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Despite advancing to the third round, Michael Van Gerwin was disappointed with his performance after defeating Chas Barstow 3-1.

Despite advancing to the third round, Michael Van Gerwin was disappointed with his performance after defeating Chas Barstow 3-1.

“I think Chas played well at the beginning of the match, but I made it very difficult for myself. I missed a lot of doubles, but in the end I won, that’s the most important thing. I never gave up.”

Robbie John Rodriguez UK Open finalist Luke Humphries will play in a grueling second-round match, after the Austrian made one of the tournament’s performances so far to lead Nick Kenny.

Robbie John Rodriguez was thrilled to have secured his place in the second round of the World Darts Championship

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Robbie John Rodriguez was thrilled to have secured his place in the second round of the World Darts Championship

Robbie John Rodriguez was thrilled to have secured his place in the second round of the World Darts Championship

The World Cup finalist sparkled by reaching the knockout stages at a Grand Slam last month, giving up one leg to the Welsh qualifiers, averaging 97.5 in the process.

“I didn’t get a Tour ticket at the beginning of the year so I was comfortable playing on the Pro Tour. I qualified for the worlds and came here without any stress. I’ve performed all year long,” admitted a year.

Robbie John Rodriguez defeated Nick Kenny 3-0 in the first round of the World Darts Championships

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Robbie John Rodriguez defeated Nick Kenny 3-0 in the first round of the World Darts Championship

Robbie John Rodriguez defeated Nick Kenny 3-0 in the first round of the World Darts Championship

Former Finalist Lakeside Jim Williams The Alexandra Palace arc was marked by a 3-1 win over World Youth Champion Ted Evets, who was penalized for his extravagant display on the outer ring.

Evets failed to make a double in his first 16 attempts and Williams duly capitalized, turning 130 neat kills and winning the first five titles unanswered, but Evets recovered, wrapping up the third set with an impressive average of 112.

‘Super Ted’ also seized the early lead in the fourth set, but the Welshman responded, and 120 clinical exits in the penultimate second leg proved decisive, as he prepares to face 13th seed Joe Cullen in an impressive round-64 match.

Jim Williams took one leg away from the win over Ted Evetts after he went out 120

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Jim Williams took one leg away from the win over Ted Evetts after he went out 120

Jim Williams took one leg away from the win over Ted Evetts after he went out 120

On the night of the curtain raised, Adam Hunt He put in a solid display to send off Croatia’s Boris Krakmar in straight sets, to come close to a tie with 29th seed Vincent van der Fort on Tuesday.

Krcmar averaged an astonishing 121.86 in reaching the PDPA playoffs last month, but was unable to replicate those championships in his third appearance at Alexandra Palace, crashing Hunt in five 180 seconds en route to a convincing victory.

“I’m only 28 but I’ve been playing at PDC for 10 years, so I have to really start to move forward a little bit, and make progress in the top 32 and top 16,” Hunt reversed after the game.

After defeating Boris Krakmar in the first round, Adam Hunt is determined to make his mark in this year's World Darts Championships.

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After defeating Boris Krakmar in the first round, Adam Hunt is determined to make his mark in this year’s World Darts Championships.

After defeating Boris Krakmar in the first round, Adam Hunt is determined to make his mark in this year’s World Darts Championships.

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