It was a day of adaptation for the stars of Dunvegan Darts as they descended in Milton Keynes for day one of the PDC Summer Series. With Pro Tour earnings and possible World Matchplay spots up for grabs, the pressure was at an all-time high.

Chris Dobey headlined the opening round of matches as he took on fellow 2020 Premier League contender Luke Humphries, ‘Hollywood’ surviving match darts to edge past the former World Championship quarter-finalist.
Next up was Mensur Suljovic, but it wasn’t to be for Dobey. The amiable Austrian showing the
consistency that has served him to well over the years as he progressed to the last 32 on this
occasion.

After a stunning display in the PDC Home Tour, Gary Anderson would find it tough going against
Matt Clark at the Marshall Arena. ‘The Flying Scotsman’s’ doubling deserted him at the crucial
moments as outsider Clark claimed a major scalp.

Elsewhere the were first round exits for Mark McGeeney and Adam Hunt, the former also a victim of Suljovic in the early rounds. Hunt would show signs of promise against a resurgent Joe Murnan, but ultimately didn’t have enough to get the job done on this occasion.

Having been called up from the Challenge Tour order of merit there was also a chance of Cameron Menzies to impress on his return to Pro Tour action. After a long break from competitive action, the Scot was unable to find the momentum needed against Ross Smith, despite adding a couple of 180’s to the maximum column.

All five players will return for day two of the PDC Summer Series tomorrow afternoon, with the
action getting underway from 12pm BST. ​

Words Josh Green