Josh Green kept up with the Players- Chris Dobey, Adam Hunt & Mark McGeeney on their trip to Niedernhausen, 13-16 September 2020
A trio of Dunvegan players travelled over to Germany to partake in the PDC Autumn Series following on from the Summer Series a couple of months back.
Following the announcement of Gary Anderson dropping on the September events, Chris Dobey was the star name on show as he looked to right the wrongs of his Premier league appearance in Milton Keynes.
‘Hollywood’ faced a tough opening round with Belgian World Cup star Kim Huybrechts in his way.
Dobey would take ‘The Hurricane’ to a final leg decider, but bow out in round one despite showing glimpses of usual self once again.
Mark McGeeney had arguably the toughest draw possible in round one as he faced Nathan Aspinall, a player coming of the back of a sensational week at the Marshall Arena. It would be plain sailing on this occasional for the US Darts Master as McGeeney failed to find his feet in a tough environment.
The final match of our afternoon would come for Adam Hunt as he struggled against an in-form Jan Dekker. Hunt shows signs of promise at the Summer Series, and will be hoping for an improved performance in Niedernhausen this week.
The trio will be back in action tomorrow for event two of the Autumn Series, with the action kicking off from around 11pm UK time.
It was a much improved performance from the Dunvegan trio in the second event of the PDC Autumn Series on Sunday afternoon.
Both Adam Hunt and Chris Dobey had confidence building runs as they gathered momentum over in Germany.
After losing out to Kim Huybrechts on Saturday’s opening day of action, Dobey successfully climbed the first hurdle in the shape of Adrian Gray. A last leg deciding win over Johnny Clayton would follow as his day began to gather steam.
‘Hollywood’ would record a 6-3 win over Premier League star Michael Smith in the following round before his day finally came to an end at the hands of Ian White.
Adam Hunt would claim in notable scalp in his opening match of the day defeating Premier League challenger Jeffrey de Zwaan in convincing fashion. A nervy victory over Scotland’s Ryan Murray would follow, before Danny Noppert exacted revenge for the Netherlands in the last 32.
Mark McGeeney’s search for a first victory in the Autumn Series continued as he lost out to Peter Jacques in round one. Despite a top checkout of 130, this would be the end of the road on day two for the Stockport thrower, but the trio still have three more events to make their mark.
We crept over the halfway mark in the PDC Autumn Series with Chris Dobey remaining on the hunt for the World Grand Prix. After an excellent run on Sunday afternoon it would not to be on Monday for the Bedlington thrower.
Dobey surrendered a 4-1 advantage against Matthew Edgar in his opening match to lose out in a last leg decider to ‘Prime Time’, but with three events still to play in Niedernhausen, he remains in contention for a place at the Ricoh Arena’s World Grand Prix in October.
Adam Hunt notched up another win in Germany after strong run on Sunday afternoon. He recorded a victory over Carl Wilkinson in round one, before losing out to the Netherlands’ Jermaine Wattimena in round two. Despite several impressive combination checkouts, Wattimena would have too much for ‘The Hunter’ as he bowed out in round two.
Despite kicking off his campaign on Monday with a maximum, that would be just about as good as it got for Mark McGeeney. The Stockport thrower has found form difficult to come by in recent times, and ran into an in-form Vincent van der Voort as he exited early on.
All three Dunvegan players notched up victories on Tuesday afternoon as the fourth day of action drew to a close in Germany.
Chris Dobey, Mark McGeeney and Adam Hunt have experienced mixed fortunes over the past few days, but will be pleased to at least show glimpses of their old selves on day four of the Autumn Series.
‘Hollywood’ averaged 98 in his confidence boosting win over Graham Usher in his opening round win, but was defeated by the same scoreline in his second match of the event against Ryan Meikle.
Checkouts of 96 and 113 helped Adam Hunt over the line as he prevailed in round one with a superb performance to see off North East rival Ryan Joyce in round one. Despite averaging more than Ryan Murray in round two, he would not be able to repeat that performance as his afternoon was ended in the last 64.
Mark McGeeney nailed three maximums as he defeated Scott Taylor to get his first win on the board in the last few days. Plenty of positive signs for ‘The Gladiator’ from his opening match, despite being soundly defeated by Dutchman Danny Noppert in round two.
The players will return for the final days action in Nidernhausen tomorrow morning from 11am UK time.
An excellent five days of darts was rounded off with an improved performance from all three Dunvegan players on the final day of action in Niedernhausen.
North East star Adam Hunt hasn’t enjoyed the greatest times over since Saturday afternoon but put in a solid display to reach the last 32 on the final day of action. ‘The Hunter’s’ combination finishing was in fine fettle in a saw off Scott Taylor in the opening round. Checkouts of 80, 86, 88 and then 80 once again confirmed his place in round two.
An average of 92 was too much for Jonny Clayton to handle in round two as Hunt reached the board final, but he was eventually seen off by a strong looking James Wade in the last 32.
There would be a last 16 appearance for Chris Dobey as he pushed his way into the spots for the World Grand Prix in Coventry. ‘Hollywood’ saw off a below par Steve Brown in the opening round as he set the ball rolling.
A stunning 105 average would follow for Dobey as he crashed in four maximums to see off Belgium’s Mike de Decker. The final scalp of the afternoon for Dobey would come in the shape of former World Champion Rob Cross. The former Premier League contender would maintain a 98 average to push his way into the last 16.
Unfortunately the journey would come to an end at this stage, with event four winner Gerwyn Price proving too much for Dobey on this occasion.
We would also see an improved performance from Mark McGeeney on Wednesday afternoon.
Despite not getting over the line against Ryan Joyce, an 88 average along with much improved scoring represents an upturn for the Stockport thrower.
Here’s hoping all three return later in the season continuing this form with the World Championships just around the corner.