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Jonny Clayton admits he was lucky to avoid an early exit from the World GP

Defending champion Jonny Clayton admitted he was lucky to avoid an early exit after surviving a scare on the opening night of the World Grand Prix in Leicester.

The Welshman made it to the second round by defeating 2020 finalist Dirk Van Duijvenbode 2-1 at Morningside Arena.

Clayton’s three dart average of 82.24 was slightly lower than his Dutch opponent’s (83.69).

“Listen, Dirk should have won this, after all,” the world number seven told Sky Sports. “I had my chances. I just shaved.

“I’m glad I passed, obviously, but I stole that big moment. I fought tonight. I do not know why. I was feeling great and just couldn’t move on.”

Belgian Dimitri Van den Bergh expects Clayton in the round of 16 after eliminating two-time champion Dave Chisnall 2-1.

Five-time champion Michael Van Gerwen fired three 180s as he set aside a nervous start to beat Gary Anderson 2-0, while world number two Peter Wright defeated Belgian Kim Huybrechts by the same score.

Adrian Lewis produced excellent checkouts of 152, 101 and 147 as he defeated world number six José De Sousa 2-0 in Monday night’s final showdown.

Two-time world champion Lewis will next face Chris Dobey, who previously hit a brilliant 136 and 138 checkouts on his way to defeating Luke Humphries 2-0.

Krzysztof Ratajski and Stephen Bunting also advanced with 2-0 wins, beating Callan Rydz and Brendan Dolan respectively.

Defending champion Jonny Clayton admitted he was lucky to avoid an early exit after surviving a scare on the opening night of the World Grand Prix in Leicester.

The Welshman made it to the second round by defeating 2020 finalist Dirk Van Duijvenbode 2-1 at Morningside Arena.

Clayton’s three dart average of 82.24 was slightly lower than his Dutch opponent’s (83.69).

“Listen, Dirk should have won this, after all,” the world number seven told Sky Sports. “I had my chances. I just shaved.

“I’m glad I passed, obviously, but I stole that big moment. I fought tonight. I do not know why. I was feeling great and just couldn’t move on.”

Belgian Dimitri Van den Bergh expects Clayton in the round of 16 after eliminating two-time champion Dave Chisnall 2-1.

Five-time champion Michael Van Gerwen fired three 180s as he set aside a nervous start to beat Gary Anderson 2-0, while world number two Peter Wright defeated Belgian Kim Huybrechts by the same score.

Adrian Lewis produced excellent checkouts of 152, 101 and 147 as he defeated world number six José De Sousa 2-0 in Monday night’s final showdown.

Two-time world champion Lewis will next face Chris Dobey, who previously hit a brilliant 136 and 138 checkouts on his way to defeating Luke Humphries 2-0.

Krzysztof Ratajski and Stephen Bunting also advanced with 2-0 wins, beating Callan Rydz and Brendan Dolan respectively.

Defending champion Jonny Clayton admitted he was lucky to avoid an early exit after surviving a scare on the opening night of the World Grand Prix in Leicester.

The Welshman made it to the second round by defeating 2020 finalist Dirk Van Duijvenbode 2-1 at Morningside Arena.

Clayton’s three dart average of 82.24 was slightly lower than his Dutch opponent’s (83.69).

“Listen, Dirk should have won this, after all,” the world number seven told Sky Sports. “I had my chances. I just shaved.

“I’m glad I passed, obviously, but I stole that big moment. I fought tonight. I do not know why. I was feeling great and just couldn’t move on.”

Belgian Dimitri Van den Bergh expects Clayton in the round of 16 after eliminating two-time champion Dave Chisnall 2-1.

Five-time champion Michael Van Gerwen fired three 180s as he set aside a nervous start to beat Gary Anderson 2-0, while world number two Peter Wright defeated Belgian Kim Huybrechts by the same score.

Adrian Lewis produced excellent checkouts of 152, 101 and 147 as he defeated world number six José De Sousa 2-0 in Monday night’s final showdown.

Two-time world champion Lewis will next face Chris Dobey, who previously hit a brilliant 136 and 138 checkouts on his way to defeating Luke Humphries 2-0.

Krzysztof Ratajski and Stephen Bunting also advanced with 2-0 wins, beating Callan Rydz and Brendan Dolan respectively.

Defending champion Jonny Clayton admitted he was lucky to avoid an early exit after surviving a scare on the opening night of the World Grand Prix in Leicester.

The Welshman made it to the second round by defeating 2020 finalist Dirk Van Duijvenbode 2-1 at Morningside Arena.

Clayton’s three dart average of 82.24 was slightly lower than his Dutch opponent’s (83.69).

“Listen, Dirk should have won this, after all,” the world number seven told Sky Sports. “I had my chances. I just shaved.

“I’m glad I passed, obviously, but I stole that big moment. I fought tonight. I do not know why. I was feeling great and just couldn’t move on.”

Belgian Dimitri Van den Bergh expects Clayton in the round of 16 after eliminating two-time champion Dave Chisnall 2-1.

Five-time champion Michael Van Gerwen fired three 180s as he set aside a nervous start to beat Gary Anderson 2-0, while world number two Peter Wright defeated Belgian Kim Huybrechts by the same score.

Adrian Lewis produced excellent checkouts of 152, 101 and 147 as he defeated world number six José De Sousa 2-0 in Monday night’s final showdown.

Two-time world champion Lewis will next face Chris Dobey, who previously hit a brilliant 136 and 138 checkouts on his way to defeating Luke Humphries 2-0.

Krzysztof Ratajski and Stephen Bunting also advanced with 2-0 wins, beating Callan Rydz and Brendan Dolan respectively.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org