Michael van Gerwen beats Peter Hudson in the Dutch Darts Masters
Last Updated: 26/10/12 11:14pm
Michael van Gerwen: Winning homecoming for in-form Dutchman
Michael van Gerwen's purple patch continued as he enjoyed a 6-4 win over Peter Hudson on his return to home soil in the first round of the Dutch Darts Masters.
Van Gerwen, fresh from claiming his first major PDC title at the World Grand Prix a fortnight ago and a Players Championship in Killarney last weekend, battled past Hudson in Nuland to set up a clash with Paul Nicholson, who beat Ross Smith 6-3.
"It was a difficult game because this is my first tournament in Holland for a year and there was a bit more pressure than normal on me," said Van Gerwen.
"I wasn't nervous but I wanted to show everyone in Holland what I can do and how well I've been playing in the last few weeks."
World No 1 Phil Taylor, a European Tour winner in Berlin earlier this year, won through to the second round with a whitewash of Steve Hine in under 15 minutes.
Dutchmen Raymond van Barneveld, Vincent van der Voort and Gino Vos also progressed to Saturday.
Five-time world champion Van Barneveld won five straight legs to come from 3-1 down and defeat Mick Todd 6-3, while youngster Vos impressed with a 6-1 win over Dave Chisnall and Van der Voort whitewashed Germany's Bernd Roith.