Elsewhere representing MDA, Nathan Rafferty and Ricky Evans were drawn against one another in the opening round. And it was Rapid who edged a quality encouter 6-3 with both players averaging in the high 90s.
Sadly for Ricky, Joe Cullen made sure he didn’t go any further, claiming a 6-3 win in another game where both produced some brilliant darts.
The Kettering man can take a lot of positives from a recent excellent run in the UK Open and his two averages of 96.74 and 96.80 in Germany. All fingers point in the right direction right now for the lightening quick thrower.