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Michael Smith was overwhelmed 10-4 by Peter Wright in Saturday’s second spherical in Dortmund, whereas Michael van Gerwen claimed a 10-7 victory in opposition to Ricardo Pietreczko; subsequent up on the Sky Sports activities Darts calendar is the Grand Slam of Darts from November 11-19 on the Aldersley Leisure Village

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Michael van Gerwen gained 10-7 to guide his place within the quarter-final

Peter Wright dumped reigning world champion Michael Smith out of the European Championship, whereas Michael van Gerwen made it via to the quarter-finals in Dortmund.

4-time European champion Van Gerwen averaged 104 to defeat a spirited Ricardo Pietreczko, with a blistering mid-game burst catapulting the Dutchman to a formidable 10-7 victory.

Pietreczko surprised Van Gerwen on his strategy to lifting the German Darts Championship title earlier this month and he made a dream begin to this contest after elevating the roof with an impressive 167 end within the opening leg. The 29-year-old led 3-2 on the first interval, however Van Gerwen responded with a brutal five-leg barrage to grab the initiative.

Pietreczko, roared on by a sell-out crowd on the Westfalenhalle, decreased the deficit to 6-7 at one stage, just for Van Gerwen to comply with up a 145 checkout in leg 14 with a medical 110 kill to seal the deal.

Van Gerwen is chasing a fifth European Darts Championship title

“It wasn’t simple,” admitted Van Gerwen, who hit eight 180s and transformed three ton-plus checkouts to proceed his bid for a primary European Championship success since 2017. “After the primary break I got here again like a brand new Michael van Gerwen. I had a few good finishes and I scored rather well, however I believe there may be extra within the tank.”

Saturday’s double-session noticed eight second-round ties happen in Dortmund, with former champions Wright and James Wade becoming a member of the likes of Gerwyn Worth and Luke Humphries within the quarter-finals.

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Talking on Love The Darts, Luke Humphries says profitable the World Grand Prix doesn’t assure him a spot within the 2024 Premier League line-up

Talking on Love The Darts, Luke Humphries says profitable the World Grand Prix doesn’t assure him a spot within the 2024 Premier League line-up

Wright continued his bid for a second European Championship crown with a thumping 10-4 victory in opposition to world champion Smith. Smith – a runner-up in Dortmund 12 months in the past – was left shell-shocked as a cruel Wright punished his opponent’s doubling woes to storm into an 8-0 lead.

World No 1 Smith threatened an unlikely fightback with a run of 4 straight legs, though Wright regained his poise with legs of 14 and 13 darts to cap off a wonderful efficiency.

C Dobey (Eng) bt S Bunting (Eng) 10-8, D Noppert (Ned) bt R Cross (Eng) 10-7, G Worth (Wal) bt N Aspinall (Eng) 10-5, P Wright (Sco) bt M Smith (Eng) 10-4, G van Veen (Ned) bt D Gurney (NIrl) 10-6, J Wade (Eng) bt J de Sousa (Por) 10-1, L Humphries (Eng) bt Ok Ratajski (Pol) 10-5, M van Gerwen (Ned) bt R Pietreczko (Ger) 10-7

“I did not really feel snug in any respect,” revealed Wright, who recorded 107, 117 and 155 finishes in establishing a quarter-final conflict in opposition to Chris Dobey. “Michael is not the world champion and world No 1 for nothing, however he did not deliver his recreation in any respect, and I simply did sufficient.”

Masters champion Dobey defied a late onslaught from Stephen Bunting to have fun a dramatic 10-8 success, regardless of Bunting touchdown 11 maximums in defeat. Worth, in the meantime, powered his method via to the final eight with a powerful 10-5 victory over Nathan Aspinall, profitable the final 5 legs with out reply to dump out the World Matchplay champion.

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Michael Bridge and Mark Webster give out their awards for the 2023 World Grand Prix

Michael Bridge and Mark Webster give out their awards for the 2023 World Grand Prix

Danny Noppert additionally reeled off 5 straight legs to seal a 10-7 success in opposition to two-time European champion Rob Cross, as he moved via to a 3rd consecutive European Championship quarter-final.

World Grand Prix champion Humphries maintained his bid for back-to-back televised titles by disposing of Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski and arrange a gathering with Wade, who demolished an out-of-sorts Jose de Sousa 10-1 to safe a spot in his first televised rating quarter-final in over 18 months.

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Within the night’s different tie, Dutch teenager Gian van Veen claimed a hard-fought 10-6 win over Daryl Gurney to arrange a mouth-watering showdown in opposition to his compatriot Van Gerwen.

Sunday October 29
Afternoon Session
Quarter-Finals
Chris Dobey vs Peter Wright
Gerwyn Worth vs Danny Noppert
Luke Humphries vs James Wade
Michael van Gerwen vs Gian van Veen

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