Five Dutch players eliminated on day two of the Dutch Masters
Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld and Co Stompe were all eliminated on day two of the Dutch Masters.
Last Updated: 29/10/12 9:14am
All five Dutch aces who were in the second round of the £82,100 event suffered the disappointment of defeat in a high-quality day of second round action at Nuland's Van Der Valk Hotel.
Van Gerwen, the recent PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix champion, hit four 180s in his clash with Paul Nicholson but went down to a 6-4 loss as the Australian World Cup star progressed to the last 16.
Nicholson now meets German teenager Max Hopp in the third round on Sunday after the 16-year-old followed up Friday's defeat of Terry Jenkins with a superb 6-4 win over Steve Beaton, hitting five 180s and sealing the victory with a 121 checkout.
Five-time world champion Van Barneveld was another player to suffer an upset as he was defeated 6-5 by Swindon's Johnny Haines, who impressed with a 13-darter to win the deciding leg of their tight contest.
Vincent van der Voort also went down 6-5 as former World Youth Champion Arron Monk hit a 13-dart finish in the deciding leg of their contest. Stompe, meanwhile, saw a rousing comeback halted by world number one Phil Taylor as the 15-time World Champion prevailed 6-3 in their second round game.
Emerging talent Gino Vos was the other Dutch loser on the day, going down 6-1 to resurgent Jamie Caven, meaning that Sunday's final stages will take place without a home star.
Australian ace Simon Whitlock, the number two seed, progressed to the third round with a classy 6-2 win over Alan Tabern and now plays Ian White, the German Darts Masters runner-up last month who overcame Mervyn King 6-4 on Saturday.
Andy Smith's reward for a whitewash win over Scott Rand is a clash with Taylor, while Caven and Haines will battle for a quarter-final spot.
Andy Jenkins and Wayne Jones will clash in the third round following their wins over James Hubbard and Kevin Painter respectively.
Mark Walsh completed a 6-3 win over Brendan Dolan with a 111 checkout in the final leg, and now takes on Bristol's Steve Brown, who hit four 180s in an impressive 6-2 win over world number five Wes Newton.
Andy Hamilton took out a 167 finish in his 6-4 win over Belgian qualifier Davyd Venken to set up a clash with Monk, while Kim Huybrechts and Colin Osborne were the day's other winners.
Belgian ace Huybrechts saw off Mark Jones 6-2, while Osborne's return to form continued as he enjoyed a 6-4 win over Ronnie Baxter.