Darts World Championship: Michael van Gerwen gets nervous from the start to fight against Chas Barstow | Darts News

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The Dutchman begins his run for his fourth world title with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over rookie Chas Barstow; Rowby-John Rodriguez, Jim Williams and Adam Hunt also prevail at Ally Pally Saturday night

Last updated: 18/12/21 23:22

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A look back at the main action of the evening session on the fourth day of the World Darts Championship.

A look back at the main action of the evening session on the fourth day of the World Darts Championship.

Three-time winner Michael van Gerwen was forced to recover from an uncertain start in his opening round of the World Darts Championship, before battling rookie Chas Barstow in a fun affair Saturday night.

Van Gerwen – making his 15th appearance at Alexandra Palace – is aiming to lift his first major title of the season after enduring his longest drought since his stunning 2012 World Grand Prix success.

The 31-year-old has produced a number of unstoppable shows in recent months, even though he hasn’t been able to translate them into cutlery, and was soon frightened by a fearless Barstow, who toppled John Norman Jr in the first round.

Van Gerwen received an ecstatic reception from the partisan crowd in north London, but the Dutchman was shocked after he gave up the opening set in a dramatic fashion.

Darts World Championship – Results Saturday night

R1 Adam Hunt 3-0 Boris Krcmar
R1 Ted Evetts 1-3 Jim Williams
R1 Rowby-John Rodriguez 3-0 Nick Kenny
R2 Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Chas Barstow
Despite losing the first set, Michael van Gerwen bounced back by winning 3-1 against Chas Barstow in the second round

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Despite losing the first set, Michael van Gerwen bounced back by winning 3-1 against Chas Barstow in the second round

Despite losing the first set, Michael van Gerwen bounced back by winning 3-1 against Chas Barstow in the second round

The pair traded four consecutive tricks in a high-quality business start, but Van Gerwen wasted seven double darts to draw first blood, and his frustration was compounded when Barstow converted a nervous 116 kill on top for tear it off.

Van Gerwen’s frailty on the outer ring continued into the early stages of the second set as Barstow continued his charge, but two 61 MVG finals moved the pendulum and a clinical combination of two 80 darts restored parity to a set each.

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Afternoon
R1 Maik Kuivenhoven vs Ky Smith
R1 Jason Heaver vs Gordon Mathers
R1 Alan Soutar vs Diogo Portela
R2 Stephen Bunting vs Ross Smith
Evening
R1 Martijn Sarto vs Giovanni Michele
R1 Florian Hempel vs Martin Schindler
R1 Steve Beaton vs Fallon Sherrock
R2 Jonny Clayton vs Keane Barry

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“The Green Machine” inexplicably saw his doubling troubles re-emerge early in the third set, but Barstow was unable to capitalize on this occasion, as MVG finished unanswered to extend his six-legged winning run. straight.

Barstow stopped the rot to open his account in set four, although a brilliant six-darts sequence from Van Gerwen catapulted him to victory, as he followed a stunning 174 visit by converting a 99 over double 16 into a shooting break. .

Chas Barstow capitalized on Michael van Gerwen's missed doubles, eliminating 116 to clinch the first set

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Chas Barstow capitalized on Michael van Gerwen’s missed doubles, eliminating 116 to clinch the first set

Chas Barstow capitalized on Michael van Gerwen’s missed doubles, eliminating 116 to clinch the first set

This gave Van Gerwen the opportunity to close it and he didn’t need any further invites, producing an identical 99 checkout to seal his progression into 12 darts.

“I’m not very happy with how I played. I have to do better in the next round. I know,” admitted Van Gerwen, who averaged 94.54 and shot 180 in six, despite losing 25 darts twice as much.

Despite moving up to the third round, Michael van Gerwen was disappointed with his performance after defeating Chas Barstow 3-1.

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Despite moving up to the third round, Michael van Gerwen was disappointed with his performance after defeating Chas Barstow 3-1.

Despite moving up to the third round, Michael van Gerwen was disappointed with his performance after defeating Chas Barstow 3-1.

“I think Chas played well at the start of the game, but I made it too hard for myself. I lost a lot of doubles, but in the end I won, that’s the most important thing. I never give up.”

Rowby-John Rodriguez will play UK Open finalist Luke Humphries in a greedy second-round clash, after the Austrian produced one of the tournament’s performances so far to take out Nick Kenny.

Rowby-John Rodriguez was thrilled after securing his spot in the second round of the World Darts Championship

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Rowby-John Rodriguez was thrilled after securing his spot in the second round of the World Darts Championship

Rowby-John Rodriguez was thrilled after securing his spot in the second round of the World Darts Championship

The World Cup finalist impressed by reaching the knockout stage at the Grand Slam last month, and missed out on a single leg against the qualifying Welshman, averaging 97.5 in the process.

“I didn’t get a Tour Card at the beginning of the year and so I was relaxed to play on the Pro Tour. I qualified for the World Cup and got here without any pressure. I performed all year.”, 27-year admitted.

Rowby-John Rodriguez decimated Nick Kenny 3-0 in the first round of the World Darts Championship

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Rowby-John Rodriguez decimated Nick Kenny 3-0 in the first round of the World Darts Championship

Rowby-John Rodriguez decimated Nick Kenny 3-0 in the first round of the World Darts Championship

The former Lakeside finalist Jim Williams marked his bow at Alexandra Palace with a 3-1 win over youth world champion Ted Evetts, who was punished for a profligate performance on the outer ring.

Evetts failed to pin a double with his first 16 attempts and Williams duly capitalized, converting a great kill of 130 and winning the first five unanswered legs, but Evetts recovered, finishing the third set with a sublime average of 112.

‘Super Ted’ also took the lead in the fourth set, but the Welshman responded, and a clinical checkout of 120 in the penultimate leg proved decisive, as he prepares to face thirteenth seeded Joe Cullen in a fascinating tie in the quarter-finals.

Jim Williams moved close to victory over Ted Evetts after knocking out 120

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Jim Williams moved close to victory over Ted Evetts after knocking out 120

Jim Williams moved close to victory over Ted Evetts after knocking out 120

As the evening curtain rises, Adam Hunt produced a solid display to wipe out Croatian Boris Krcmar in two sets, to establish a tie with 29th seed Vincent van der Voort on Tuesday.

Krcmar recorded a staggering 121.86 average to surpass last month’s PDPA qualifiers, but was unable to replicate those heroic acts on his third appearance at Alexandra Palace and Hunt crashed in five 180 seconds on his way to a convincing victory.

“I’m only 28, but I’ve been in PDC for 10 years, so I should really start pushing a little, and make it through the top 32 and top 16,” Hunt reflected after the game.

After defeating Boris Krcmar in the first round, Adam Hunt is determined to make his mark at this year's World Darts Championship

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After defeating Boris Krcmar in the first round, Adam Hunt is determined to make his mark at this year’s World Darts Championship

After defeating Boris Krcmar in the first round, Adam Hunt is determined to make his mark at this year’s World Darts Championship

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