Peter Manley used all his experience to see off the threat of Michael Van Gerwen in the 1st Round of the World Darts Trophy.
?One Dart? came from a set down to beat ?Mighty Mike? in a dramatic clash, which never reached the heights but was full of tungsten tension!
Van Gerwen started superbly ? racing through the first set, with three 180s and Manley looked to be in trouble?.the first leg of the second set was a turning point, as the Dutch teenager hit 180, 140 and 145, then unbelievably missed nine darts at double 18?.Manley stole the leg and the set and then went 2-1 up, as both players struggled on the check-outs.
Van Gerwen took the 4th set with ease to send it into a decider, where there was another big mistake from the Dutch ace, which was to cost him dear. Manley led by 2 legs to 1 and Van Gerwen miscounted?.he had 60 left but thought he was left on 40 and went for double top?.by the time he had realised the error of his ways, it was too late and Manley hit double ten to seal the win and set up a 2nd Round clash with Simon Whitlock.
Manley averaged 85.5 and Van Gerwen 85 but there was no doubt that Manley?s greater experience told and Van Gerwen looked very erratic?.he still has a lot to learn
For the rest of the article as well as full first round results, please see Unicorn Darts News.