Dunvegan Darts’ Adam Hunt is out of the World Darts Championship.

The Hunter produced a good performance, but was beaten 4-0 by a clinical Dirk Van Duijvenbode, in a game where the score line did not reflect the match. Hunt hit nine 180s, but the Dutchman produced four 100+ outshots to move into the last 16.

The first set saw both players try to establish their dominance. Hunt started excellently, hitting a magical 145 to open. Van Duijvenbode responded though, reeling in the big fish 170 outshot to level. After two more breaks, the Dutchman found a 12 dart hold of throw to go 1-0 ahead.

The Hunter missed two darts to hold throw in the opening leg of the first set. The Titan then found double eight to break, before two holds saw the set score at 2-1. In the fourth leg, Hunt missed bullseye for a big fish of his own, as Van Duijvenbode found a shanghai finish on 20s to hold once more and take a 2-0 lead.

The Englishman would not go quietly however, winning the first two legs of the third set in just 26 darts. However, Van Duijvenbode took 24 darts to level, setting up a deciding leg. Hunt left 52 after 12, but the Aubergenius hit an excellent 114 finish to wrap up the third set. The Hunter then missed tops for a 106 outshot at the start of the fourth set, as Van Duijvenbode his throw in 13 darts. Two further holds of throw saw the Dutchman take the win, as Hunt’s World Championship run came to an end.

Hunt’s best run at the tournament is the end of an excellent year for him, and will look to kick on once again in 2021. Team Dunvegan though still have two players in the World Championship. Chris Dobey continues his tournament tomorrow against Daryl Gurney, while Gary Anderson plays Mensur Suljovic later this evening.

Words: Jarleth Eaton

Photos: Lawrence Lustig/PDC