Mike de Decker was the first Belgian player to play on Saturday in the World Darts Championships. The young Belgian, ranked 69th in the world, was at Alexandra Palace for the second year in a row, but was promptly ousted last year.
With Darius Labanauskas, he had to get past the previous World Cup quarter-finalist. But this Labanuskaus immediately established in one group what kind of wood it is cut from. With nine unparalleled quarterbacks earning the first set, De Decker had to go straight to work.
In the second set, De Decker seemed to get into his rhythm. With the highest scores and smooth finishes, he rushed to win 3-0 in the second set. In a set of three Lappanauskas raised his level again, but De Decker kept his cool and finished it with a nervous ending.
De Decker needed another set to make his way to the second round at the World Cup for the first time and didn’t let himself lose his balance. Lappanauskas, the number 33 in the world, seemed to think a lot about his 9 rabbi, de Decker finished his job: 1-3.
In the next round, De Decker will meet an angry customer on Tuesday: Dave Chisnall, the 14th in the world and last year’s World Cup fight against Dimitri van den Berg. Van den Berg will play for the first time in London on Tuesday night.
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