Darter Nijman loses on World Cup debut, Van Gerwen will be on the pitch later tonight

Darter Wessel Nijman was eliminated in the first round in their first match at the World Cup. The 23-year-old Dutchman lost 2-3 to Englishman Steve Beaton in London’s “Ally Pally” competition.

Dutch world number two Michael van Gerwen will face Irish Keane Barry this evening. Dutch Swede Jeffrey de Graaf advanced to the second round in the afternoon session. After a spectacular comeback, Ritchie defeated Edhouse (3:2).

The first surprise is also a fact. James Wade was allowed to advance to the second round as the seeded player but immediately lost to Canadian Matt Campbell (3:2).

He was suspended after match-fixing

Nijman was banned for five years for match-fixing in 2020. He deliberately lost a match in an online tournament during the Corona period. Because the Dutch football player wanted to take part in anti-match-fixing campaigns, his sentence was reduced to two and a half years and he was allowed to return in February.

Nijman met the intelligent Beaton in his first match at the World Cup. The 59-year-old “Bronze Adonis” is participating in the World Championship for the 33rd time. Something no other player in this tournament can claim. He announced his retirement immediately after the victory. He will stop playing darts after next year’s World Cup.

The fact that Beaton was more experienced was reflected in the match. The English player performed better in critical moments. Nijman took the lead in the first set but had to hand over control to Beaton. In the second set, the score was 2:2 and Nijman won again.

The third set was a victory for the loyal fans of AZ football club. He initially continued his good run in the fourth set (taking a 2-0 lead), but Beaton was undaunted and fought back to level 2-2. In the final leg Beaton used only his sixth match dart. The British public liked it very much.

According to Nijman, he was not defeated. He blames himself for not being able to make it 2-0. But afterwards he doesn’t stand sullenly in front of the microphone. “I am very proud to be here. “It’s a shame to have a match like this, but there’s no shame in losing to Steve Beaton.”

Source: NOS