We were given a wonderful reception inside the Glaspalast on Saturday afternoon for my game against Shaun Narain. I had great memories of my win on this stage last September and Canadian prospect Shaun Narain a popular figure with the German crowd following his first round win yesterday.
Shaun started superbly as he hit a 180 and tops for a 14-darter in the opening leg. I replyied in outstanding fashion with a maximum and a 132 finish for a 12-dart leg.
Shaun scored 177 before finishing 65 on tops to move 2-1 up I nudged my average above 112 in the fourth leg with two 140s before taking out double eight to level.
The Cat & Mouse continued with checkouts at contrasting ends of the scale – Narain’s 157 finish to lead 3-2 followed by double one from myself to level.
I then hit a 180 and finished on 76 to break throw for the first time and move 4-3 up, but Shaun broke back immediately with a 60 checkout.
We both took out double 12 finishes as the game moved into a deciding leg at 5-5.
I was the first to a finish against the throw in the deciding leg, and despite Narain hitting a 180 to leave 42, I took out 124 on the bull to claim a superb win.
After such a good start to my weekend I came up against a very inform Adrian Lewis who beat me 6-0 with (4 x 180’s, 75% checkout ratio and 116 average) he was on fire so that was the end of my European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen.
Congratulations to Mervyn King for winning the event defeating Michael Smith 6-5 in a very close final !!!!
Back on the practice board now and looking forward to Crawley this coming weekend.