World Grand Prix: Michael van Gerwen beats Jamie Hughes to reach second round

Michael van Gerwen was forced to dig deep and discover a few of his very best ending to prevent a scare against Jamie Hughes on the night of this World Grand Prix.
Having claimed his fourth title at the Citywest this past year, Van Gerwen is hoping to defend the name and despite being much out of his very best he managed to find a way to beat debutant Hughes.
He was given a 2-1 lead but Hughes hit back in fashion settling to his stride to carry out the following two legs by A normally blistering check-out from MvG.
Hughes stepped into depart the world staring in a second first-round exit in 3 decades, After Van Gerwen missed three darts for its opener.
However when he had into the Dutchman found his a 108 end gave him the set and parity in the contest before punishing Hughes whod two darts for a 2-0 lead in the next.
With his competitor continuing to fritter away his opportunities, continue within one leg of the game that he duly gobbled up and Van Gerwen stepped up to pin 135.
Next up is fellow Dutchman Jeffrey de Zwaan, the Dutchman was too great for the out-of-sorts Steve Beaton who made his look at the Grand Prix with made his debut.
De Zwaan won five of the six legs to coast last 28, No 1, that he beat at a Matchplay thriller.
Anderson eases into second round
Gary Anderson kicked off his bid for a Grand Prix crown using a victory against Keegan Brown, who was made to rue missed chances.
The Flying Scotsman having reached the final before hes keen to bring another brand new trophy to his collection and is currently seeking to complete the season on a high having experienced the first months of this campaign.
The Scot coasted to the first group and despite facing more of a battle at the instant he was able to take the chances that came his manner, trapping six of his 15 effort at double compared with Brown who missed 15 darts to claim a leg.
Chris Dobey is very likely to offer a rest that is more rapid when their World Championship showdown is anything to go by. Hollywood enjoyed a debut, rebounding back from dropping the opening leg from Ricky Evans to get a comfortable 2-0 victory.
Never really caught fire because an astonishing Dobey won five of the six legs to record a victory that was classy and abandonRapid Ricky looking for a win at the Grand Prix.
Bully Boy through after titanic tussle
Michael Smith hasnt been beyond the second round along with his effort to acquire a significant name survived a massive scare against Simon Whitlock.
Bully Boy, beaten in World Championship, Premier League and World Matchplay finals over the previous 18 months, was staring down the barrel of a surprise depart against the 2017 runner-up before edging a last leg shoot-out.
Smith trailed before finding his form thanks to a blistering 128 conclusion that set him on the road to a level competition.
The Wizard battled back although with Whitlock starting to flounder, an 155 assisted Smith right into an early lead and with noticed Bully Boy miss two darts for the match trapped double 10 to force the decider.
Smith friend and practice partner Ian White will offer the next opposition after winning a match against Joe Cullen, coming out of the brink of defeat to capture a 2-1 win and a spot in the past 16.
When he reeled off five consecutive legs to stand on the edge of a surprise win cullen had been walloped 10-0 by White in the World Matchplay before this year but seemed to have made amends.
But having stopped the rust White maintained five to level the match at one stand within a leg of victory and set all himself.
There was still time for drama though as White overlooked eight darts to seal the success to watch Cullen miss darts himself to remain alive and Diamond caught in the ninth time of asking.
Wade survives Hendo evaluation
As a rival for another title with a 2-1 victory win to put his Grand Prix conflicts behind 29, james Wade underlined his credentials.
Even the 2007 and 2010 champion has dropped in the first round in fact he is without a win in the tournament since beating Gary Anderson in the 2014 semi-final but he came through a rounder on opening night.
Without causing one dart at a double against Hendo who had finished the predominate of MvG here two years back wade pinned a on his approach to the group.
Along with the Scot served notice of another shock when he edged Another set shut the competition with a refined third set that set a date with Mervyn King who produced a battling display out World Youth winner Dimitri Van den Bergh
Having overlooked a dart to the opening series, King let Van den Bergh to level at 2-2 and then pinch the end result with a dazzling 105 end to follow his sooner 112.
King saved his best for when the Belgian was 2-0 ahead after which matched The Dreammakers 112 on his approach to taking the set.
A 13-darter out of 2012 runner-up King kept the game alive after which a 133 end set up the decider.
The Darts Show podcast team are in Dublin for the week also also will take you behind the scenes using also a flavour of the action and a multitude of guests.
Mark Webster, Colin Lloyd and wayne Mardle will be part of our policy and youll be able to catch up with a recap of the action of this night and a look ahead at whats to come.
Coverage of this World Grand Prix continues on Monday night from 7pm on Sky Sports Action & Main Event and operates during the week up till Saturdays closing from the Citywest Hotel