Danny Noppert (4/1 – Dutch Darts Masters Outright) produced a stellar performance to knock out fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen (pictured) in the first round of the Dutch Darts Masters on Friday evening and set up a quarter-final clash with another compatriot of his, Vincent van der Voort, on Saturday.
Third seed Van Gerwen, who was making his first appearance since undergoing wrist surgery last week, averaged 96.78 on the night but he was unable to secure his place in the last eight at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.
It was Noppert who managed to advance with a thrilling 6-4 victory and he will now take on fellow Dutchman Van der Voort following his narrow 6-5 triumph over Welshman Gerwyn Price.
Elsewhere on Friday, Belgian Dimitri Van den Bergh eased past Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 to set up a quarter-final tie with Jermaine Wattimena, who landed a surprise 6-5 victory over Jonny Clayton (Match Betting – Van den Bergh 1/4, Wattimena 3/1).
Englishman James Wade is also through to the last-eight stage after a 6-2 triumph over Jeffrey de Zwaan and he will now face Maik Kuivenhoven, who thumped Fallon Sherrock 6-1 in round one.
In the other remaining quarter-final, it’s an all-Dutch affair as Martijn Kleermaker goes up against Dirk van Duijvenbode (Match Betting – Kleermaker 13/5, Van Duijvenbode 2/7) after their respective victories over Michael Smith and Peter Wright.