Dunvegan Darts’ Adam Hunt and Chris Dobey endured mixed fortunes on day one of the Euro Tour event in Sindelfingen, Germany.
Hunt won comfortably against Damon Heta 6-1, while Dobey lost 6-3 to William O’Connor in round one of the European Darts Grand Prix.
Hunt was first on of the pair and started his game brighter, breaking in the first leg with double eight to go 1-0 up. He then consolidated the break to ping double 18 to lead 2-0.
Heta hit double 16 to get on the board in the next leg, but that would be the only leg The Heat won. The Hunter held throw in the fourth, before finding a 15 darter to break once again and go 4-1 ahead.
After Heta missed double top for 4-2, Hunt would clean up 25 to hold throw once again and lead 5-1. He then produced a brilliant 165 to leave double 12, which he took out for a 13 dart break to win 6-1, averaging 101 in the process.
Hunt will face Rob Cross in the second game on tomorrow evening, at around 6.30pm BST. He also remains in the qualifying places for the 2020 European Championship.
Unfortunately, Dobey could not make it two from two, losing out to O’Connor in the final game of the evening.
Both players held throw in the opening two legs, before The Magpie hit the front in the contest. He cleaned up 25 on double eight, before holding throw with a 121 checkout for 4-2.
The seventh leg saw both players miss multiple darts at a double, before O’Connor found double one to take a 5-2 lead. Despite a break of throw from Hollywood on double 10 to make it 5-3, he could not find the double to hold his throw in the nineth leg. As a result, The Magpie hit double four to bring an end to the contest 6-3.
It’s a disappointing night for Chris, but he remains in the European Championship qualification places for now. He could still qualify for the event at the end of this month, but he will definitely be back in action during the PDC Winter Series, happening on Tuesday 10 November to Saturday 14 November at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
Words: Jarleth Eaton