Bunting and Galliano Impress in Gibraltar

Stephen Bunting lit up the Gibraltar Darts Trophy with a sensational display to defeat Daryl Gurney on Friday, as Craig Galliano delighted his home crowd in the PDC European Tour event.

Gibraltar’s Victoria Stadium is hosting the year’s final PDC European Tour event, with £140,000 and places in the forthcoming Cazoo European Championship on offer.

Bunting produced the first round’s most outstanding display so far as he averaged 105.31 in a 6-3 victory over Gurney.

The pair traded early 11-darters, and Gurney took out 82 and 68 to lead 3-2 before Bunting hit top gear with legs of 15, 12, 14 and 13 darts as he stormed to victory.

Bunting will now play Jonny Clayton in Saturday’s second round at the Victoria Stadium in a tasty tie as the seeded stars enter the event.

Galliano, meanwhile, will carry Gibraltarian hopes into round two following his 6-2 win over Mario Vandenbogaerde, as the 21-year-old enjoyed his first European Tour win.

Galliano had been due to work as a police officer on Saturday, but has been granted the day off to prepare for his dream tie with World Champion Peter Wright.

Four other Host Nation Qualifiers all suffered defeat on Friday, including 16-year-old debutant Dylan Duo Jnr and former World Cup representatives Dyson Parody, Manolo Vilerio and Sean Negrette.

Chris Dobey took a step towards Cazoo European Championship qualification by defeating debutant Duo Jnr 6-1, and he now plays Damon Heta on Saturday.

Experienced Parody – a former quarter-finalist in Gibraltar – lost out 6-4 to Ryan Joyce, while Vilerio was defeated 6-2 by Jason Lowe and Negrette picked up just one leg in his defeat to Kenny Neyens.

Gibraltar’s Justin Hewitt withdrew from the event on Friday morning through illness, meaning that Steve Beaton received a Bye through to a second round tie with Michael van Gerwen.

Saturday’s second round will also feature a repeat of the 2021 final between Gerwyn Price and Mensur Suljovic, after the Austrian produced a brilliant display to whitewash Keegan Brown on Friday.

Suljovic landed a perfect six doubles from as many attempts and averaged over 101 as he made an impressive return to action following a two-month break.

Ritchie Edhouse overcame John Henderson 6-4 with the aid of a 152 checkout in their opening leg, and he now plays Masters champion Joe Cullen in the last 32.

Emerging star Josh Rock sealed his place in the European Championship with a 6-4 defeat of Ryan Meikle as he moved through to meet former Gibraltar Darts Trophy winner Michael Smith.

Vincent van der Voort was another to put a foot into the European Championship by seeing off Martin Schindler 6-3, and he now plays World Grand Prix finalist Nathan Aspinall on Saturday.

William O’Connor boosted his hopes of qualifying for the European Championship with a 6-1 defeat of Jim Williams, which was sealed with a 125 checkout.

Germany’s Gabriel Clemens came from a leg down against Adam Hunt to race to a 6-2 victory which means he now plays Dimitri Van den Bergh.

Wesley Plaisier continued his strong recent form with a 6-0 whitewash of Jeff Smith, while Rusty-Jake Rodriguez came through a last-leg decider with Marko Kantele.

Rowby-John Rodriguez matched his younger brother by landing a ten-darter in his 6-3 win over Keane Barry, with the Austrian also taking out 156 in setting up a tie with Jose de Sousa.

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

2022 Gibraltar Darts Trophy

Friday October 14

First Round

Afternoon Session

Craig Galliano 6-2 Mario Vandenbogaerde

William O’Connor 6-1 Jim Williams

Jason Lowe 6-2 Manuel Vilerio

Kenny Neyens 6-1 Sean Negrette

Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 John Henderson

Wesley Plaisier 6-0 Jeff Smith

Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-5 Marko Kantele

Steve Beaton Bye (Justin Hewitt withdrew)

Evening Session

Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Keane Barry

Ryan Joyce 6-4 Dyson Parody

Stephen Bunting 6-3 Daryl Gurney

Chris Dobey 6-1 Dylan Duo Jr

Josh Rock 6-4 Ryan Meikle

Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Martin Schindler

Mensur Suljovic 6-0 Keegan Brown

Gabriel Clemens 6-2 Adam Hunt

Saturday October 15

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Rob Cross v Rusty-Jake Rodriguez

Ryan Searle v William O’Connor

Dave Chisnall v Wesley Plaisier

Dirk van Duijvenbode v Jason Lowe

Danny Noppert v Ryan Joyce

Jose de Sousa v Rowby-John Rodriguez

Damon Heta v Chris Dobey

Nathan Aspinall v Vincent van der Voort

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)

Michael Smith v Josh Rock

Luke Humphries v Kenny Neyens

Peter Wright v Craig Galliano

Jonny Clayton v Stephen Bunting

Michael van Gerwen v Steve Beaton

Gerwyn Price v Mensur Suljovic

Dimitri Van den Bergh v Gabriel Clemens

Joe Cullen v Ritchie Edhouse


Images: PDC

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