Jermaine Wattimena caused a stunt at the World Grand Prix in Dublin on Wednesday. The Dutchman beat the Scot Peter Wright 3-1 and reached the quarterfinals.
The 31-year-old Wattimena lost the first set by a finish of 148 from Wright, the number seven in the world. As a result, 'The Machine Gun' did not get upset and attracted the second company 3-0.
In the third set, Wattimena fought back nicely from a 1-2 deficit, after which he finished the job in the fourth company. The global number eighteen decided the match with double twelve and is for the first time in his career in the quarterfinals of a television tournament.
In the final eight, Wattimena will face the Englishman Glen Durrant on Thursday. The world champion at the BDO was 3-2 too strong for Rob Cross.
For Danny Noppert the curtain fell in the second round. (Photo: Getty Images)
Noppert gives away the lead against Aspinall
Earlier on Wednesday, Danny Noppert failed to reach the quarter-finals. The 28-year-old Fries lost 2-3 against the Englishman Nathan Aspinall.
Noppert led 2-1 in sets, but then relinquished that lead. In the last two sets, Aspinall, the number twelve in the world ranking, only dropped one leg.
On Tuesday, Michael van Gerwen reached the quarter-finals in the Irish capital at the expense of his countryman Jeffrey de Zwaan. The reigning world champion will meet Mervyn King on Thursday.
Van Gerwen is looking forward to his fifth overall win, after winning the tournament in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. Raymond van Barneveld did not qualify for the World Grand Prix and is not participating in the tournament for the first time since 2005.
The World Grand Prix differs from other tournaments because the darters must start and end each leg with a double.