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Ladbrokes Masters 2022: Dimitri Van den Bergh and Simon Whitlock impress, Ryan Searle units up Gerwyn Worth conflict | Darts Information

Joe Cullen progresses with a commanding 6-2 win over Daryl Gurney, Luke Humphries beats Devon Petersen 6-1, Ryan Searle defeats Mervyn King 6-1 to arrange a gathering with Gerwyn Worth, and former finalist Dave Chisnall whitewashed Stephen Bunting because the 2022 Ladbrokes Masters received underway

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Dimitri Van den Bergh got off to the perfect start in Milton Keynes. (Image: Taka Wu/PDC)

Dimitri Van den Bergh received off to the right begin in Milton Keynes. (Picture: Taka Wu/PDC)

Dimitri Van den Bergh and Simon Whitlock loved eye-catching victories on day one of many Ladbrokes Masters in Milton Keynes on Friday.

Each Van den Bergh and Whitlock bounced again from second-round exits on the World Championship by averaging over 100 in wins over Ian White and Dirk van Duijvenbode, respectively.

Van den Bergh averaged a 105.31 in an excellent 6-1 defeat of White, opening the tie with a 167 checkout earlier than including a 108 checkout throughout a dominant show.

He’ll now meet reigning champion Jonny Clayton in Saturday’s second spherical, and the Belgian was delighted to place his Alexandra Palace disappointment behind him.

The 2022 Masters: First-round outcomes

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Stephen Bunting
Ryan Searle 6-1 Mervyn King
Rob Cross 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Ian White
Joe Cullen 6-2 Daryl Gurney
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Luke Humphries 6-1 Devon Petersen

“I am happy to get by to the subsequent spherical and I wish to take a whole lot of confidence from this,” mentioned Van den Bergh.

“My final recreation was at Ally Pally however in that recreation, I did not take the little possibilities and my opponent did not miss, and immediately it went the opposite approach.

“Jonny’s taking part in wonderful darts and I will must play in addition to this, if not higher, to beat him.”

Skilled Australian Whitlock made essentially the most of his call-up to exchange Danny Noppert with a 6-2 defeat of Van Duijvenbode, transferring him by to a tie with recently-crowned World Champion Peter Wright.

“I am over the moon with that efficiency,” mentioned Whitlock. “I have been working exhausting during the last month as a result of I do know I would like a giant 12 months.

“I am feeling assured and Peter will not be getting straightforward recreation, that is for certain. I can not look forward to it.”

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Cullen, Humphries shine

Joe Cullen was additionally in spectacular kind, averaging just below 100 in a 6-2 defeat of Daryl Gurney as he strikes by to play Gary Anderson in spherical two.

“It is all the time troublesome coming right into a TV event after an extended lay-off – I’ve had a break however I performed nicely tonight,” mentioned Cullen.

“I needed to get on prime of Daryl as a result of he is a assured participant and it was a superb efficiency.

“The sport in opposition to Gary ought to be an important spectacle and I will be assured going into it.”

Three-time World Championship quarter-finalist Luke Humphries in the meantime continued his superb kind with a convincing 6-1 win over Devon Petersen, who was a late alternative for Nathan Aspinall.

A near-perfect Masters debut from Humphries sees him advance to the final 16 the place five-time champion Michael van Gerwen awaits.

“I felt good up there and this was a stable efficiency – I hit the correct doubles on the proper occasions,” mentioned Humphries. “I really feel like I can play a bit higher, however I can put that proper tomorrow.

“The final time I performed Michael on the Marshall Enviornment, I beat him within the semi-finals of the UK Open. I imagine I can beat him, and I really feel like I am in a superb place.”

Medical Chisnall cruises previous Bunting

Ryan Searle arrange a tasty assembly with world primary Gerwyn Worth by seeing off 2020 Masters finalist Mervyn King 6-1.

Searle, November’s Gamers Championship Finals runner-up, took the sport’s first three legs with out reply earlier than back-to-back checkouts of 118 and 152 secured victory.

“It felt good immediately and I performed a stable recreation,” mentioned Searle. “I really feel like I’ve nonetheless received one other gear to go however I used to be good in patches.

“I’ve received nothing to lose tomorrow so hopefully I will step on stage and play my finest stuff. Gerwyn’s the world primary so it is going to be exhausting however I am wanting ahead to it.”

Former Masters finalist Dave Chisnall was in ruthless ending kind as he whitewashed Stephen Bunting 6-0 to arrange a gathering with James Wade.

Krzysztof Ratajski survived seven missed match darts from Gabriel Clemens throughout the ultimate two legs of their tight contest earlier than pinning double 16 to progress to face World Championship finalist Michael Smith on Saturday.

European Champion Rob Cross moved by to a gathering with Jose de Sousa by dropping simply two legs in opposition to Brendan Dolan.

The Masters continues on Saturday with two periods of last-16 ties, earlier than Sunday’s closing day of motion performs host to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and closing.

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