Prague Saturday Sees Seeds Slewn

Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton were among multiple top seeds who fell at the first hurdle in Prague on Saturday, as the Gambrinus Czech Darts Open continued.

Jose Justicia enjoyed his biggest success on the European Tour as he took the scalp of Premier League champion Clayton, with a deciding leg victory.

The 33-year-old was ranked 102nd before the £140,000 tournament began on Friday at Hala Kralovka.

The tie looked to be a close encounter in the early exchanges, with the pair locked at three legs apiece, but back-to-back legs for the Spaniard saw him go within a leg of the match.

Current Premier League leader Clayton then provided a spirited comeback, taking the tie to a deciding leg, but Justicia held his nerve to secure one of the biggest wins of his career.

Justicia will now face Jose de Sousa in his first-ever European Tour third-round appearance, with the Portuguese ace showing signs of a return to form, claiming a comfortable 6-2 victory over Martijn Kleermaker.

Adrian Lewis came out on top in a feisty affair with number one seed Gerwyn Price, coming through with a 6-3 success.

The two-time World Champion hit eight perfect darts in the seventh leg, narrowly missing double 12 for a nine-darter.

Lewis faces a tough test in the third round against Vincent van der Voort who overcame Germany’s Martin Schindler in a deciding leg.

Joe Cullen joined the list of seeded stars who failed to reach Finals Day, losing 6-4 to Ross Smith.

Michael van Gerwen kept his hopes of a remarkable 36th European Tour title alive after defeating Czech qualifier Vitezslav Sedlak 6-2.

The most recent winner on the European Tour raced into 5-0 lead, before requiring 12 match darts to eventually get over the line.

Czech hopes on the final day will rest on Adam Gawlas, who delighted his home crowd with a 6-4 victory over Damon Heta.

Gawlas will now take on Ryan Searle who didn’t allow Ritchie Edhouse a dart at double in their match, closing out a sensational whitewash success with a 107 average.

Elsewhere, Rowby-John Rodriguez is through to the last 16 of a European Tour event for the first time in three years, brilliantly defeating Premier League star Michael Smith 6-4.

The World Cup finalist will now take on Dirk van Duijvenbode, who clinched a 6-3 success over Karel Sedlacek.

Dave Chisnall battled back from 4-2 down to defeat Daryl Gurney 6-5 in a thrilling second round tie which saw the St. Helens star survive a match dart.

Another mouth-watering third-round fixture sees Luke Humphries meet former World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh.

A repeat of April’s German Darts Grand Prix final saw Humphries once again comfortably come out on top over an emerging Martin Lukeman.

Belgian ace Van den Bergh racked up an eighth consecutive victory over Nathan Aspinall, closing out a hard-fought 6-4 success to set up a clash with the 2022 UK Open runner-up.

Ricky Evans was the first player to seal a third-round spot with an impressive whitewash over Krzysztof Ratajski, averaging 103.66 in the process.

Evans now faces European Champion Rob Cross, who piled in three ton-plus checkouts to seal an impressive 6-2 victory over Jules van Dongen.

The tournament concludes on Sunday, with the afternoon session’s third round followed in the evening session by the decisive quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

The tournament is being broadcast live on PDCTV, exclusively on DAZN in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and through bookmakers’ websites worldwide.

Saturday May 14

Second Round

Afternoon Session

Ricky Evans 6-0 Krzysztof Ratajski

Mickey Mansell 6-5 Brendan Dolan

Luke Humphries 6-1 Martin Lukeman

Rob Cross 6-2 Jules van Dongen

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Nathan Aspinall

Jose de Sousa 6-2 Martijn Kleermaker

Dave Chisnall 6-5 Daryl Gurney

Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Michael Smith

Evening Session

Adam Gawlas 6-4 Damon Heta

Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Martin Schindler

Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Karel Sedlacek

Jose Justicia 6-5 Jonny Clayton

Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Vitezslav Sedlak

Adrian Lewis 6-3 Gerwyn Price

Ross Smith 6-4 Joe Cullen

Ryan Searle 6-0 Ritchie Edhouse

Sunday May 15

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Rowby-John Rodriguez v Dirk van Duijvenbode

Jose de Sousa v Jose Justicia

Dimitri Van den Bergh v Luke Humphries

Michael van Gerwen v Mickey Mansell

Rob Cross v Ricky Evans

Ross Smith v Dave Chisnall

Adam Gawlas v Ryan Searle

Adrian Lewis v Vincent van der Voort

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)





Images: PDC Europe

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