MICHAEL VAN GERWEN 6 – 1 Kurt van de Rijck
Michael van Gerwen moved into round two of the European Darts Championship in Germany with a 6-1 victory over Kurt van de Rijck.
The world number two set up a tasty last 16 encounter against Mervyn King after seeing off his Belgian opponent.
“It wasn’t my best performance but I’m happy I won,” said van Gerwen, the reigning Premier League champion.
“It was hard to find my game but I’ll make sure it is there for the next one.
“Winning is the most important thing and I’m through so I am looking forward to tomorrow.”
van Gerwen won the first leg on double one before pegging double four for a break of throw.
He scored his first maximum in leg three, which he won by bedding double top.
But his second maximum couldn’t stop van de Rijck from pulling a leg back.
van Gerwen pinned double 16 to restore his three leg advantage and his third 180 helped him move 5-1 in front.
And the Dutchman finished the job by hitting double four.
By Chris Murphy