There is a busy day in the Gibraltar Darts Trophy on Saturday as the last 32 of the tournament is played out across the two sessions of play. In all we will see 16 matches as the field look to make it through to finals day on Sunday.
Saturday is the first time we will get to see the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross and Michael Smith in action in the tournament on what has the makings of a really good day of darts.
The action gets underway with Stephen Bunting going up against Andy Boulton before Gerwyn Price will look to progress when he takes on the qualifier Mike De Decker. One of the matches of the day is third up in the afternoon when Darren Webster takes on Steve West before one of the bigger names on show in the first session, James Wade, takes us to the interval when he takes on Ross Smith.
After the break Simon Whitlock will look to build on a positive World Cup last week when he plays Adam Huckvale while Jonny Clayton meets Hannes Schnier. The final two matches of the session look tasty enough. Ian White hosts the man of the moment Max Hopp while Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan, teammates last weekend, do battle to close out the afternoon this week.
It looks a high quality evening session which begins with Joe Cullen taking on the BDO star Darius Labanauskas before the defending champion Michael Smith begins his title defence against the dangerous Jermaine Wattimena. The world champion Rob Cross is third on show when he takes on Cristo Reyes before the two friends Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort collide to take us into the interval.
Dave Chisnall and Paul Nicholson bring us out of the break when they clash and then comes the match of the round as Mensur Suljovic takes on Adrian Lewis. The penultimate match of the day looks a good one between Mervyn King and Chris Dobey and then the World Cup runner up Peter Wright is given the honour of closing the show when he takes on Michael Barnard.
The standard of play on Friday was pretty average it has to be said so quite how many seeds we are going to see knocked out over the course of the day remains to be seen. I suspect it may not be many, especially with the draw having worked out the way it has, but I do think there is one seed who is vulnerable.
That is Mervyn King who I think Chris Dobey can get the better of. Back in March, Dobey was a finalist in a Players Championship event and while it hasn’t gone to plan for him since then he had a good win over a useful campaigner in Steve Lennon on Friday. In fairness to King, his results haven’t been to the quality he would have expected this year either which makes me think he could be there for the taking by a Dobey who should be nicely dialled in after his win on this stage on Friday.
WON – Back C.Dobey to beat M.King for a 4/10 stake at 1.91 with BetVictor