Dunvegan Darts’ Chris Dobey enjoyed a dream debut at the Ladbrokes Masters. He defeated World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh in round one of the tournament in Milton Keynes.
Hollywood hit the front early on, before Van den Bergh pulled back to level. However, Dobey kept his cool, winning 6-2 to set up a showdown with James Wade tomorrow afternoon.
Dobey lost the throw, but it did not matter, as he was first to a double in the opening leg. After missing double 18 for a 150, he cleaned up the 36 remaining to break the Belgian’s throw. Hollywood then missed five darts to take the second leg, but with Van den Bergh so far behind, he eventually found double two to hold.
The Dream Maker fired back, holding in the third, before punishing missed darts from Hollywood in the fourth to draw level at 2-2. Dobey though went into the interval ahead, as an excellent 12 dart leg against the throw saw him take a 3-2 lead.
This gave Hollywood the confidence he needed, and after the interval he was excellent. He did not allow Van den Bergh a dart at a double, wrapping up three legs in 41 darts, ending the match on double 18 for a 13 darter.
It’s a fantastic start for Dobey, who is second on against Wade on Saturday afternoon. Dunvegan’s other representative, Gary Anderson, gets his tournament underway on Saturday evening against Adrian Lewis.
Words: Jarleth Eaton
Photo: Chris Dean/PDC