Michael van Gerwen was eliminated early on Saturday evening at the European Darts Grand Prix. The three-time world champion suffered a painful defeat in Stuttgart in the second round against Martin Lukeman.
The 33-year-old Van Gerwen was never involved in his match against Lukeman: 1-6. The Englishman is no less than 68 places lower than the Brabant number three in the world on the Order of Merit, but there was little to notice in the match.
Lukeman had a decent average of 96.16 over three darts, while Van Gerwen only set an average of 89.77. In addition, ‘MvG’ missed thirteen of his fourteen doubles. Lukeman did that a lot better with a finish percentage of 37.5 percent.
Danny Noppert did impress in his second round match in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle. The Frisian broke Michael Smith, the number four in the world ranking, in the first game and did not relinquish that lead: 6-4.
Dirk van Duijvenbode, Jelle Klaasen and Danny Jansen, like Van Gerwen, failed to reach the eighth finals of the European Darts Grand Prix.
The eighth finals, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final are on the program in Stuttgart on Sunday. Noppert will face Nathan Rafferty in the eighth finals, who eliminated Van Duijvenbode.