So, the beginning of the third round matches and some great matches ahead, as the competition heats up.
First of the weekend is Ryan Joyce against Alan Norris. Joyce has been impressing so far and knocked out Simon Whitlock in the previous round, so has to be considered. Alan Norris held his nerve to overcome Steve Lennon in a thrilling final set, on a sudden death leg. He showed his experience in a pressure situation and will be buoyed by that. This looks like another close match, but I think Norris may get through.
Second match should be exciting as Dave Chisnall takes on Kim Huybrechts (pic) of Belgium. Huybrechts was in the form of his life in his second round demolition of Daniel Larsson, hitting a 103 average,the highest of any player in the second round. Chisnall took a while to get going but then pulled out some fantastic darts to win his second round match. Both look in great form and it should be a thriller. I wouldn't like to predict a winner, but if Huybrechts repeats his form he will be very hard to beat.
The final match of the afternoon is Daryl Gurney against last year's semi-finalist, Jamie Lewis. Gurney looked in fine form in his win over Ross Smith, hitting big scores. His finishing wasn't perfect, so there is a potential opening for Lewis. Lewis had a harder second round match, against Cody Harris, but he played well. However Gurney did look very strong and I expect him to go through. Although as this tournament has proved already, anything can happen!
Afternoon Session (All round 3)
Ryan Joyce v Alan Norris
Dave Chisnall v Kim Huybrechts
Daryl Gurney v Jamie Lewis
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