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Danny Noppert dumped out Michael van Gerwen at the Dutch Darts Masters in Amsterdam on Friday night

Danny Noppert dumped out Michael van Gerwen at the Dutch Darts Masters in Amsterdam on Friday night

Danny Noppert knocked out Michael van Gerwen on an incredible opening night of the Dutch Darts Masters, as six home stars marched into Amsterdam on Friday.

Van Gerwen, who made his first appearance since undergoing wrist surgery last week, fell behind after an extraordinary start, with both players averaging above 110 after five legs.

Despite leaving a double after nine darts, Van Gerwen saw Noppert open his account with an 11-dart hold, but the Premier League champions answered with a stunning 141 finish on level.

Noppert fired back with a classy 120 checkout, and after crashing into back-to-back 180s to stay in leg five, the World Cup semi-finalist extended his lead to 4-2 with a 90 checkout on the bull.

Van Gerwen restored parity to four apiece with consecutive 72 and 62 finishes, but Noppert stopped the rot via double 12, before following his sixth 180 with a 14-darter to seal the deal.

“It was an amazing game. The trebles and finishes started early,” said the 31-year-old, who will compete in the quarterfinals against his compatriot Vincent van der Voort.

“I have so much respect for Michael. He’s only just come back from injury, but he played really well.

“I was just trying to focus on my own game. Anything is possible if you believe in yourself, and I believe in myself. This was a great start.”

Fallon Sherrock suffered a heavy 6-1 defeat against Dutchman Maik Kuivenhoven

Fallon Sherrock suffered a heavy 6-1 defeat against Dutchman Maik Kuivenhoven

A runaway Fallon Sherrock was routed 6-1 as Dutchman Maik Kuivenhoven swept past ‘The Queen of the Palace’.

Sherrock now faces a race against time to return to the UK for Saturday’s PDC Women’s Series double-header at the Barnsley Metrodome.

Earlier in the evening, Van der Voort lifted the roof by eliminating world number two Gerwyn Price in a dramatic eleven-leg battle.

World champion Peter Wright was another big victim in Amsterdam, as the Scot succumbed to Dirk van Duijvenbode in an amusing affair.

Van Duijvenbode now takes on Martijn Kleermaker, who continued the remarkable streak for the Dutch qualifiers by hitting six maximums to secure a 6-4 win over top class Michael Smith.

Elsewhere, Jermaine Wattimena produced a superb finish to stun World Series of Darts Finals champion Jonny Clayton in a decisive leg.

Nordic Darts Masters winner Dimitri Van den Bergh started his bid for back-to-back World Series titles with a resounding 6-2 success against Ron Meulenkamp.

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Meanwhile, fourth seed James Wade was the other PDC representative to advance to the last eight with a 6-2 win over former World Matchplay semi-finalist Jeffrey de Zwaan.

On Saturday’s second day of action, the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be played in one blockbuster evening session, with the remaining eight players competing for the top prize of £20,000.

2022 Dutch Darts Masters
Friday 24 June
First round

Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Jonny Clayton
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-1 Fallon Sherrock
James Wade 6-2 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Michael Smith
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Danny Noppert 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Peter Wright

Saturday June 25 (1900 local time)
Quarter-finals

Martijn Kleermaker v Dirk van Duijvenbode
James Wade v Maik Kuivenhoven
Dimitri Van den Bergh against Jermaine Wattimena
Danny Noppert v Vincent Van der Voort
The best of 11 legs

Semi-finals
Tailor/Van Duijvenbode v Wade/Kuivenhoven
Van den Bergh/Wattimena v Noppert/Van der Voort
The best of 13 legs

Last
Tailor/Van Duijvenbode/Wade/Kuivenhoven v Van den Bergh/Wattimena/Noppert/Van der Voort
The best of 15 legs

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