Jermaine Wattimena has placed himself as fifth Dutchman for the third round at the World Darts World Cup in London. The number 24 of the placement list was not surprised by Welshman Nick Kenny. He triumphed with 3-1, and Outsider Nathan Aspinall escaped from expulsion in his party. The Asp can now compete against Vincent van der Voort in the next round.
Wattimena ended at an average of 90,59. Kenny closed his World Cup performance this year with an average of 88.45. In the first round he had eliminated the Dutchman Derk Telnekes (3-2). In the next round, Wattimena will compete against the ninth Belgian Dimitri Van den Bergh.
Besides Wattimena, Michael van Gerwen, Danny Noppert, Vincent van der Voort and Dirk van Duijvenbode succeeded in the next round.
In the first set Wattimena looked razor sharp, which he threw in quickly. The second one he seemed to start well with laying gains, but then it started to falter at The Machine Gun. So much so he had to turn in the set.
Yet Wattimena was not mentally broken. Especially the 156 finish was beautiful, with this he broke Kenny. The set only went hanging and strangling to Wattimena, who played very changeable. In the fourth set, he had enough to break the game: 3-1
Nathan Aspinall escaped
Nathan Aspinall (6) crawled through the eye of the needle in his game against Scott Waites. Waites threw phenomenally and stood without blink with 2-0 in sets. Waites, however, seemed to succumb to the nerves.
How he did it, he did it, but The Asp survived a total of four matchdarts in this party. In the third round he can now compete against Van der Voort.
Michael van Gerwen
Van Gerwen looked with special interest at the opening party of the afternoon session, when Ricky Evans and Mickey Mansell went against each other. The winner of the party, Evans, became the next hurdle for Van Gerwen on the way to the desired world title.
Gary Anderson put himself in the third round on Wednesday with the necessary effort. De Scot defeated the Let Madars Razma with 3-1, and the 2015 and 2016 World Champion broke his opponent directly in the first leg, although this was extremely difficult. Six misses preceded the decisive double.
Although Anderson was in control, it was not the Scotsman, who almost let Razma back into the game in the fourth set, but was released with the fright.
Anderson was supposed to be against Razma on Sunday. However, the 50-year-old darter had to be quarantined because he had been in contact with someone infected with the coronavirus.
Anderson has a difficult season anyway, partly due to a struggling knee. “I‘ve already decided that this is a lost year. There is no pressure,” said The Flying Scotsman earlier in conversation with RTL7.
The afternoon session ended with the party between Mensur Suljovic and Matthew Edgar. The Austrian took the victory convincingly. Thanks to seven 180′ers he won with 3-1
Suljovic, who lost to ‘Super Mama ‘Fallon Sherrock last year, now hits Anderson in the next round.
Edgar took out Maik Kuivenhoven on Monday. The 34-year-old Englishman, who is also a well-known YouTube personality as
the Dutchman with 3-0.
Gary Anderson – Madars Razma (R2) 3-1
Stephen Bunting – Andy Boulton (R2) 3-2
Mensur Suljovic – Matthew Edgar (R2) 3-1
Wednesday 23 December – evening session
Dave Chisnall – Keegan Brown (R2) 3-1
Jermaine Wattimena – Nick Kenny (R2) 3-1
Nathan Aspinall – Scott Waites (R2) 3-2
Michael Smith – Jason Lowe (R2)