World Grand Prix: Classy Michael van Gerwen cruises part John Part in Dublin

Last Updated: 11/10/13 10:44am

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Michael van Gerwen: In unstoppable form again

Michael van Gerwen: In unstoppable form again

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Defending champion Michael van Gerwen turned on the style to set up a last 16 showdown with compatriot Raymond van Barneveld at the World Grand Prix.

Van Gerwen began his bid to make it back-to-back titles by defeating three-time world champion John Part 2-0 at a raucous Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

The Dutchman romped through the opening set, sealing it with back-to-back 12 darters and averaging 109.98.

Last 32 Results

Jones 2-0 King
Pipe 2-0 Smith
Painter 2-0 Burnett
Chisnall 2-1 White
Hamilton 2-0 Huybrechts
Kellett 0-2 van Barneveld
van Gerwen 2-0 Part
Lewis 2-1 Dolan

And although the Canadian fought hard in the next to share the first four legs, van Gerwen hit the accelerator in the decider, hitting a maximum and a full house (treble 20, treble 19, treble 18) to finish him off with double four.

However, the 24-year-old said he was relieved to get through.

"It's very hard. People think it's very easy but there was a lot of pressure for me in this game," said van Gerwen.

"I didn't play some local player, I played John Part, he's three times world champion. He put the pressure on me. I'm so happy I won this game 2-0. It's good for my confidence."

Barneveld survived an early scare against Stuart Kellett, who missed double top for the opening set but the 46-year-old made him pay and then ran away with the second, finishing with checkouts of 118 and 94 to win the match.

Tough

"It's always tough," said Barney. "Every round is a final. All these players in the top 32, even the top 64, are all great players.

"I'm happy with the win, really happy."

Earlier, Andy Hamilton produced a masterclass in finishing as he breezed past Belgian Kim 'The Hurricane' Huybrechts' 2-0.

The world no.8 from Stoke had six shots at closing doubles and hit them all to set up a last 16 clash with Kevin Painter - a 2-0 winner over Richie Burnett.

Elsewhere, Wayne Jones finished on the bull to beat Mervyn King 2-0 and will now play Dave Chisnall, who edged out Ian White 2-1.

Justin Pipe beat Andy Smith 2-0 and will play Adrian Lewis who survived a tense battle with Brendan Dolan in the night's closing game before coming through 2-1.

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