REIGNING champion Adrian Lewis was knocked out of the 888.com European Championship by Jelle Klaasen as the £250,000 tournament began in Germany on Friday, with fellow seeds Simon Whitlock, James Wade and Gary Anderson also falling by the wayside at the RWE Sporthalle.

Lewis had claimed the third major individual title of his career when he saw off Whitlock at the same venue last year to pick up the European Championship crown.

However, his hopes of retaining the title – and adding to March’s UK Open triumph – were dashed with a below-par display as Dutch ace Klaasen capitalised with a 6-4 victory.

Klaasen led 2-0 following a bright start, only for Lewis to win four of the next five legs – including a 118 finish – to move himself 4-3 up.

The former Lakeside Champion, though, levelled with a 100 finish and took out double 18 to regain the edge, before hitting his third 180 of the game in leg ten to set up double 11 for the triumph.

“I’m happy that I won the game but I could have won it easier and had a few missed doubles,” said Klaasen, who meets Jamie Caven in Saturday’s second round. “Adrian didn’t play that well and had a lot of loose darts.

“I didn’t start the year too well, but in the last two months I’ve started to play very well and I hope I can take that on stage.

“I always come into a tournament to win it but I’ll take it game by game and I’ve got to focus on Jamie Caven next because he’s a tough opponent and he’s finishing well, so I’ll have to play better than today to beat him.”

Caven booked his place in the last 16 of the £250,000 tournament with a 6-2 defeat of Austria’s Mensur Suljovic earlier on Friday, finishing 145 and 120 on his way to the win.

2012 European Champion Whitlock was another of the eight seeded players to join Lewis in being knocked out, as he went down 6-4 to new-look Raymond van Barneveld – who wore glasses on stage for the first time.

Van Barneveld had slumped to defeat against Mervyn King in the World Grand Prix earlier this month, but hit four 180s and some confident doubles as he pulled clear from three-all to take victory over the Australian.

“I still missed a few doubles tonight but my vision is much better,” said van Barneveld. “I’ve had the glasses since December – with my diabetes I sometimes get blurred vision – but I didn’t wear them.

“My manager Ben pushed me this week and encouraged me to try something new and wear them, and dartboard looks like HD now! It’s amazing – I’m practising really well and the vision is ok.

“I just have to get my confidence back and it’s definitely helping me. I have to get used to it and it’s a new vision.

“Hopefully in the next few months I can do well, but I’ll have another hard game in the second round against Vincent van der Voort – every game now is like a final.”

Recent World Grand Prix runner-up James Wade saw his run of form ended by Belgian ace Ronny Huybrechts, who claimed a 6-4 win over the world number six from their contest.

Wade had also won a Players Championship last weekend and was bidding for his first European Championship victory, but never recovered from seeing Huybrechts take a 5-1 lead.

The left-hander cut the gap to 5-4 with a run of three successive legs, including a 106 finish, as Huybrechts missed five match darts, but the Belgian regained his range to seal victory on double 16.

Huybrechts had knocked out Phil Taylor on his way to the semi-finals of the same event last year, and admitted: “James is the man in form because he’s reached the finals of the last three tournaments, but he didn’t play that well today.

“I went 5-1 up and got nervous, and I was a little bit lucky at the end. It’s been like that for me this year, playing quite well but not getting the results, so it was nice to get the finishing touch.

“Last year was great and it would be fantastic this year if I can go one further.”

Scottish ace Gary Anderson completed the quartet of seeded stars to be knocked out in Friday’s first round as he paid the price for missing three match darts in the deciding leg of his clash with Terry Jenkins.

Anderson led 3-1 early on before Jenkins, aided by finishes of 91 and 116 in successive legs, took a 5-4 lead.

Anderson finished double eight to send the match into a deciding leg, and the pair traded 180s as the former Premier League champion was first to a finish – but his misses at double top and ten allowed Jenkins in to land double ten with his third dart as he capitalised.

“This was a fantastic game,” said Jenkins. “Gary went out there firing and I had to stay with him, but after getting in front I thought I’d thrown it away at the end there.”

Jenkins will now play Robert Thornton in the second round, after the Scot hit four 180s in a 6-2 win over Austrian youngster Rowby-John Rodriguez.

World Champion Michael van Gerwen enjoyed a 6-3 win over Justin Pipe, which sets him up for a second round clash with Brendan Dolan, who averaged almost 105 in an impressive 6-2 win over against Michael Smith in their first round game.

World number one van Gerwen admitted: “I wasn’t at my best but I got the win in a tough game, so I’m happy to be through and I’ll hopefully be better in the second round.”

Four-time European Champion Phil Taylor defeated Steve Beaton 6-2 and now meets Stephen Bunting, the reigning Lakeside Champion who averaged 102.68 in a 6-1 defeat of Andy Hamilton on his debut in the event.

Number four seed Peter Wright edged past Dutch debutant Benito van de Pas 6-5 in a see-saw contest, as the youngster hit back from 3-0 down to lead 4-3 only to miss one match dart in the deciding leg before the World Championship finalist prevailed.

Wright will now face Belgian ace Kim Huybrechts, who was another 11-leg winner as he overcame Dean Winstanley – who missed one dart at tops for victory in their deciding leg.

Mervyn King was the day’s other 6-5 winner as he sneaked past Dutch debutant Christian Kist, who hit six 180s in defeat as the Englishman set up a second round meeting with Ronny Huybrechts.

German hopes in the tournament were ended on the opening day as Jyhan Artut went down 6-4 to Dave Chisnall, the number eight seed who now faces Ian White after the Stoke ace swept past Wes Newton 6-1.

Vincent van der Voort capitalised on missed doubles from Robert Wagner as he claimed a 6-2 win over the Norwegian in their first round clash, setting up an all-Dutch contest with van Barneveld.

Austrian-born Wagner hit five 180s in the game and was on a possible nine-dart finish at one stage, but paid for costly missed doubles as van der Voort landed six finishes from nine attempts and averaged 101 in a strong display.

The second round will be split across two sessions on Saturday in Muelheim, with the tournament concluding on Sunday. Coverage is live on ITV4 and worldwide through the PDC’s broadcast partners.

888.com European Championship Darts Results

Friday October 24
Afternoon Session
First Round
Wes Newton 1-6 Ian White
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Robert Wagner
Rowby-John Rodriguez 2-6 Robert Thornton
Jamie Caven 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Michael Smith
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Jyhan Artut
Dean Winstanley 5-6 Kim Huybrechts
Christian Kist 5-6 Mervyn King

Evening Session
First Round
Peter Wright 6-5 Benito van de Pas
Andy Hamilton 1-6 Stephen Bunting
Gary Anderson 5-6 Terry Jenkins
James Wade 4-6 Ronny Huybrechts
Adrian Lewis 4-6 Jelle Klaasen
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Justin Pipe
Phil Taylor 6-2 Steve Beaton
Simon Whitlock 4-6 Raymond van Barneveld

Saturday October 25
Afternoon Session (1.45pm-6pm local time, 12.45pm-5pm UK)
Second Round
Terry Jenkins v Robert Thornton
Dave Chisnall v Ian White
Jelle Klaasen v Jamie Caven
Peter Wright v Kim Huybrechts

Evening Session (8pm-12am local time, 7pm-11pm UK)
Second Round
Raymond van Barneveld v Vincent van der Voort
Phil Taylor v Stephen Bunting
Michael van Gerwen v Brendan Dolan
Ronny Huybrechts v Mervyn King

Second Round – Best of 19 legs

MATCH INFORMATION
AFTERNOON SESSION
Wes Newton v Ian White
0-1 – Double 16 sees White claim an immediate break of throw.
0-2 – The Stoke ace finishes 80 on tops to double his lead.
1-2 – White misses double 19 for a 118 finish to move three legs up, and Newton lands tops to claim his first leg.
1-3 – Newton misses double 13 and double four to level the game, and White capitalises on double ten.
1-4 – The Fleetwood ace is again punished for his misses, with three off-target darts at double eight allowing White in to take out 84 on double 12 for another break of throw.
1-5 – Tops sees White move a leg away from the win.
1-6 – White kicks off the leg with a 180, and finishes 81 on double 13 for a 12-darter as he books his place in the second round.

Vincent van der Voort v Robert Wagner
0-1 – Wagner kicks off the match with two 180s, and though he misses out on a nine-darter, wins the opening leg with a 12-darter – despite van der Voort hitting a maximum in reply.
1-1 – The Norwegian ace opens leg two with another maximum, but misses three darts to double his lead as van der Voort takes out 85 on double 14 to break back and level.
2-1 – Wagner lands his fourth 180 of the game as he leaves 41 after nine darts, but five misses at doubles 16, eight and four allow van der Voort back in as double eight sees him steal the leg.
2-2 – Wagner is first to a double once again, and double nine sees him tie the game at two-all.
3-2 – Wagner’s superb scoring continues as he lands his fifth 180 of the game, but van der Voort is more clinical at the back end of the leg, and finishes 72 to move back ahead.
4-2 – Further missed doubes from Wagner prove costly as van der Voort breaks throw to move two legs up.
5-2 – van der Voort moves to the brink of victory with a fine 11-darter, scoring 140, 140 and 180 before landing double 16.
6-2 – Double 16 seals van der Voort’s win.

Rowby-John Rodriguez v Robert Thornton
0-1 – Rodriguez misses tops for an immediate break of throw, and Thornton hits the same bed to claim the opening leg.
1-1 – Debutant Rodriguez lands double two to level the game.
1-2 – Thornton struggles with his doubles, but Rodriguez is unable to capitalise and the Scot posts double five to move ahead.
1-3 – Thornton lands back-to-back 180s to be first to a finish, but two misses at double 16 allow Rodriguez to have another sniff – only to miss double 17 for a 154 finish as Thornton returns to land double 16 for a 13-darter to break throw.
1-4 – Thornton adds a third 180 of the game, initially missing double 14 for a 121 checkout before returning to hit the bed for another 13-dart finish.
2-4 – Double 18 sees Rodriguez hit back.
2-5 – Thornton finishes double four as he moves a leg away from the win.
2-6 – Thornton seals the win in style with a 14-darter as he posts double six.

Jamie Caven v Mensur Suljovic
0-1 – Caven misses a dart at tops to break throw, and Suljovic finishes 34 to take the opening leg.
1-1 – Caven initially misses double 12 for a 144 finish, but has enough cushion to return and land double three to level.
2-1 – Suljovic misses darts at double 18, nine and four to win the leg, and Caven takes out 72 on double 16 for a break of throw.
3-1 – Double eight sees Caven take a third successive leg.
4-1 – Caven secures another break of throw as double ten moves him three legs clear of the Austrian.
5-1 – The Englishman finishes 145 on tops for a superb checkout to move to the break of victory.
5-2 – Caven opens with 180 and 140, with Suljovic landing a 177 and returning following two misses for the match at tops from Caven by landing double four to stay alive.
6-2 – Caven finishes 120 to seal the victory and move into the last 16.

Brendan Dolan v Michael Smith
1-0 – Dolan lands a 180 and finishes 126 for a 12-darter to secure an immediate break of throw.
2-0 – Dolan finishes 44 on double eight to move two legs up.
3-0 – The Northern Irish ace this time finishes 106 as he breaks throw for a second time.
4-0 – Dolan scores 168 during the leg in being first to a finish, before posting double eight to win his fourth successive leg, taking his average above 100 in the process.
4-1 – Smith lands his first 180 of the game, but Dolan replies in kind only to miss the bull to win a fifth successive leg, and Smith takes out 84 on the bull to claim his first leg of the game.
4-2 – Smith posts another maximum, with Dolan leaving 40 with a 165 score only to see the youngster finish 81 on double 12 for a 12-darter to break back.
5-2 – Double 16 moves Dolan a leg away from victory.
6-2 – Smith fires in his third 180, but Dolan is already on a double as he fires in double four to seal an impressive win with a 104.68 average.

Dave Chisnall v Jyhan Artut
1-0 – Chisnall finishes 80 on tops to claim the opening leg.
1-1 – Chisnall fires in a 180, but Artut finishes 68 on double 16 to level.
2-1 – The roles are reversed as the German ace posts a maximum only to see Chisnall finish double nine for a 14-darter.
2-2 – Artut is given a reprieve for two misses at double 11, with Chisnall unable to land double eight to allow his opponent back in as double two sees the home hope level the match.
3-2 – Artut misses two darts at double 12, allowing Chisnall back in on double four as he edges back ahead.
3-3 – Artut takes out 108 on double 16 as he levels the game.
4-3 – The German fires in a 180 but misses double 11 to move ahead, as Chisnall steps in on double eight to regain the edge.
5-3 – Chisnall secures the first break of throw, landing double ten as he moves a leg away from the win.
5-4 – Artut breaks back as he opens with a 180 and finishes double ten to reduce the gap to one leg.
6-4 – Chisnall posts a 180 before landing double six to seal his victory with a 13-darter.

Dean Winstanley v Kim Huybrechts
0-1 – Huybrechts lands a 180 and finishes a 14-darter to claim the opening leg.
1-1 – Double two sees Winstanley level the game.
1-2 – Double eight edges the Belgian back ahead.
2-2 – Winstanley fires in his first 180 of the game, with both players initially missing their chances to take the leg before the Yorlshireman returns to finish double ten.
2-3 – Double four sees Huybrehts move back in front.
3-3 – Tops for Winstanley sees a sixth successive leg go with the throw.
3-4 – WInstanley lands a 180, but misses the bull to break throw as Huybrechts finishes tops to move back ahead.
4-4 – Winstanley levels with a superb 11-darter, landing a 180 before finishing 98 on double 19.
4-5 – Winstanley misses two more darts at doubles to break, and Huybrechts finishes double 16 to move a leg away from the win.
5-5 – Huybrechts lands his second 180 of the game, but Winstanley finishes double five to send the game into a decider.
5-6 – A dramatic final leg sees Huybrechts initially miss the bull for victory, only for Winstanley to miss tops to finish 112, allowing the Belgian back in to post double eight to edge the win.

Christian Kist v Mervyn King
1-0 – Both players miss doubles across two visits before Kist lands double five to win the opening leg.
2-0 – King misses a dart at the bullseye, and Kist finishes 84 on double six to break throw and double his lead.
3-0 – Kist lands two 180s in the leg, before finishing double ten for a 12-darter to win a third successive leg.
3-1 – The pair trade 180s, with King being given a reprieve for missing double eight – in double 16 – when Kist is unable to take out 80, allowing him back on double eight.
3-2 – King takes out 44 on double 16 to break throw and pull back to within a leg.
3-3 – Both players land 180s, with King initially missing a dart at tops but being allowed to return – following a missed bullseye from King – to post double ten to leve.
4-3 – A 180 from Kist is followed immediately by a maximum from King for the third time in four legs, but the English ace misses tops for a 120 finish to break throw to allow the Dutchman back in on double two.
5-3 – King misses the bull for a 170 finish and is unable to mop up the leg as Kist finishes double 16 to move a leg away from the win.
5-4 – Double 16 sees King keep his hopes alive.
5-5 – Both players land 180s in successive throws, with King landing double 16 to send the match into a decider.
5-6 – Kist is first to a finish, but misses double eight for the match on a 64 finish as King returns to land tops.

EVENING SESSION
Peter Wright v Benito van de Pas
1-0 – Wright finishes 72 on double 16 to win the opening leg against the darts.
2-0 – Van de Pas misses tops to level, and Wright finishes 87 on the bull as he doubles his lead.
3-0 – Wright opens with 140 and 180 before breaking throw for a second time on double ten.
3-1 – Wright misses tops for a 154 finish, and the Dutchman lands double 16 as he claims his first leg of the game.
3-2 – Wright misses two further doubles and van de Pas continues his revival by landing double two to cut the gap to just one leg.
3-3 – The young Dutchman fires in a 177, and when Wright misses double 16 he steps in to post double eight and level.
3-4 – van de Pas’ revival continues as he wins a fourth successive leg to move ahead for the first time.
4-4 – The debutant lands his first 180 of the game, but double 16 sees Wright claim his first leg in five as he levels.
4-5 – van de Pas takes out 100 in two darts to move a leg away from victory.
5-5 – van de Pas posts another 180, but Wright finishes double 16 to send the game into a deciding leg.
6-5 – Wright produces a timely 180 to be first to a finish, but misses double 12 and six to finish 81 – only for van de Pas to miss double 18 to complete a 98 combination, allowing Wright bck in to finish double three to edge the win.

Andy Hamilton v Stephen Bunting
0-1 – Bunting fires in an early 180 and breaks throw by landing tops, after Hamilton misses one dart to take the opening leg.
0-2 – The debutant lands a second maximum, and when Hamilton misses the bull for a 124 finish, he steps in to land double four for a two-leg lead.
0-3 – Bunting posts tops to break throw for a second time, maintaining a ton-plus average in an impressive start.
1-3 – Bunting misses double 16 to win a fourth leg, and Hamilton finishes tops to get off the mark with a break of throw.
1-4 – Bunting takes out 96 on double eight to regain his three-leg lead.
1-5 – The Lakeside Champion finishes a 13-darter on double 16 to move a leg away from the win.
1-6 – Bunting takes out 84 on double 12 to seal an impressive win with a 102.68 average.

Gary Anderson v Terry Jenkins
1-0 – Anderson secures an immediate break of throw by finishing tops for a 13-darter.
2-0 – Jenkins fires in a 180, but Anderson replies in kind to leave 28 before finishing double seven to move two legs up.
2-1 – Jenkins this time scores a 177 before taking out 132 on his next visit as he takes his first leg of the game in style.
3-1 – Anderson lands his second 180 of the game before finishing a third-dart tops to move two legs clear once more.
3-2 – Jenkins takes out 60 on tops to reduce the gap to one leg once more.
4-2 – Double ten edges Anderson out into a 4-2 lead.
4-3 – Jenkins fires in a 180 before finishing 91 on tops to hit back.
4-4 – Jenkins lands another maximum and then takes out 116 on tops for a break of throw to level the game.
4-5 – Jenkins’ charge continues as double five moves him ahead for the first time.
5-5 – The pair trade 180s before Anderson lands double eight to send the game into a decider.
5-6 – Anderson opens with a 180, with Jenkins replying with his fifth maximum of the game. The Scot, though, leaves 40 after 12 darts only to miss three match darts, allowing Jenkins in to finish double ten to edge to victory from a thrilling contest.

James Wade v Ronny Huybrechts
0-1 – Double eight gives the Belgian the opening leg.
1-1 – Huybrechts posts a 180, but Wade lands double ten to level.
1-2 – Huybrechts fires in a second maximum of the contest before finishing double six to regain the edge.
1-3 – The Belgian breaks throw, initially missing the bull for a 161 finish before returning to take out double eight.
1-4 – Double eight moves Huybrechts – a semi-finalist last year – into a three-leg lead.
1-5 – Huybrechts posts another 180, and double top moves him a leg away from the win.
2-5 – Huybrechts misses one match dart at tops and Wade pins double two to keep his hopes alive.
3-5 – Wade finishes 106 on tops to continue his revival.
4-5 – Huybrechts misses double 18 and nine for the match, and then after Wade is unable to land tops for a second successive 106 checkout, the Belgian misses two further match darts at double four, allowing the left-hander to pull back to within a leg.
4-6 – Huybrechts finally seals victory, this time taking out 48 on double 16.

Adrian Lewis v Jelle Klaasen
0-1 – Double five gives Klaasen the opening leg.
0-2 – Lewis fires in a 171 but misses two darts at double ten, and Klaasen returns from an earlier missed bullseye to finish double six.
1-2 – Klaasen misses double 14 for a 148 finish, and Lewis capitalises by taking out 76 on tops.
2-2 – Klaasen opens with a 174 but misses three darts at double nine, allowing Lewis in to take out 118 on double 19 to level.
2-3 – Klaasen this time kicks off the leg with a 180, before hitting double five to regain the lead.
3-3 – Double nine allows Lewis to level the game.
4-3 – Klaasen misses a dart at tops and two at double ten, allowing Lewis to break throw on double four to move ahead for the first time.
4-4 – The Dutchman breaks back immediately, hitting a 177 during the leg before taking out 100 on tops.
4-5 – Klaasen lands a third-dart double 18 to move a leg away from the win.
4-6 – Klaasen fires in his third 180 of the game, and returns from a missed double 11 for the game to hit the bed and seal a fine win over the defending champion.

Michael van Gerwen v Justin Pipe
1-0 – van Gerwen makes an ideal start, hitting a 180 and finishing 82 on double eight to win the opening leg.
2-0 – van Gerwen fires in a 174, and though he initially misses his chance to win the leg, three misses at tops from Pipe allow him back in on double one.
3-0 – Pipe fires in a 180, but misses the bull for a 121 finish to allow van Gerwen back in – following a miss at tops for a 120 checkout – to land double ten to win a third successive leg.
3-1 – Pipe lands his second maximum and then posts double three as he picks up his first leg of the game.
4-1 – van Gerwen restores his advantage, firing in his second 180 before finishing an 11-darter.
4-2 – Pipe finishes 95 on double five as he hits back.
5-2 – Tops sees van Gerwen move a leg away from victory.
5-3 – Pipe lands double ten as he wins his third leg of the game to keep his hopes alive.
6-3 – van Gerwen finishes double 18 for a 13-darter to seal the victory.

Phil Taylor v Steve Beaton
1-0 – Taylor finishes 82 with a bullseye, double 16 combination to take the opening leg in 14 darts.
1-1 – Taylor misses tops for a 160 finish to punish Beaton, who had missed two darts at double eight but returned to hit the bed with his third dart on his next visit.
2-1 – Double eight sees Taylor move ahead with another break of throw.
3-1 – Taylor moves two legs clear by finishing double ten.
4-1 – Taylor lands a 180, and when Beaton misses double six to take out 126 the four-time European Champion posts double four for another break of throw as he moves three clears ahead of his rival.
4-2 – Beaton fires in his first maximum before posting double 16 for a fine 11-darter to break throw and pull back a leg.
5-2 – Beaton misses double ten for a 140 finish and, like in leg five, Taylor capitalises by finishing double eight for a superb 12-dart finish as he moves a leg away from the win.
6-2 – Taylor produces a timely 177 to leave 48, but misses two match darts – at double 16 and eight – only to be handed a reprieve by Beaton as he returns to finish double eight for the win.

Simon Whitlock v Raymond van Barneveld
0-1 – Whitlock lands a 180 but van Barneveld – wearing glasses in competition for the first time – lands tops to win the opening leg.
1-1 – Tops sees Whitlock level the game.
1-2 – van Barneveld lands a 180 and takes out a confident 96 on double 18.
2-2 – The Dutchman misses his chance to break throw and Whitlock hits double 16 to square the game once more.
2-3 – van Barneveld hits a 180 before hitting double ten to edge back ahead.
3-3 – The Dutchman sees three darts at double four land agonisingly on the outer wire, and Whitlock again averts a potential break of throw by pinning a third-dart double three.
3-4 – van Barneveld posts another maximum, his third, before taking out 88 on double 14 to move back ahead.
3-5 – van Barneveld finally secures a break of throw, missing the bull for a 124 finish before returning on double eight.
4-5 – The Dutchman misses three match darts at double top and ten, and Whitlock finishes double four as he halves the deficit with a break of his own.
4-6 – van Barneveld hits a 180, and though he initially misses the bull for a 164 finish has enough cushion to return and pin double eight to complete the win.

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