World Grand Prix: Classy Michael van Gerwen cruises part John Part in Dublin
Defending champion Michael van Gerwen set up a last 16 showdown with Raymond van Barneveld at the World Grand Prix.
Last Updated: 11/10/13 10:44am
Van Gerwen began his bid to make it back-to-back titles by defeating three-time world champion John Part 2-0 at a raucous Citywest Hotel in Dublin.
The Dutchman romped through the opening set, sealing it with back-to-back 12 darters and averaging 109.98.
And although the Canadian fought hard in the next to share the first four legs, van Gerwen hit the accelerator in the decider, hitting a maximum and a full house (treble 20, treble 19, treble 18) to finish him off with double four.
However, the 24-year-old said he was relieved to get through.
"It's very hard. People think it's very easy but there was a lot of pressure for me in this game," said van Gerwen.
"I didn't play some local player, I played John Part, he's three times world champion. He put the pressure on me. I'm so happy I won this game 2-0. It's good for my confidence."
Barneveld survived an early scare against Stuart Kellett, who missed double top for the opening set but the 46-year-old made him pay and then ran away with the second, finishing with checkouts of 118 and 94 to win the match.
"It's always tough," said Barney. "Every round is a final. All these players in the top 32, even the top 64, are all great players.
"I'm happy with the win, really happy."
Earlier, Andy Hamilton produced a masterclass in finishing as he breezed past Belgian Kim 'The Hurricane' Huybrechts' 2-0.
The world no.8 from Stoke had six shots at closing doubles and hit them all to set up a last 16 clash with Kevin Painter - a 2-0 winner over Richie Burnett.
Elsewhere, Wayne Jones finished on the bull to beat Mervyn King 2-0 and will now play Dave Chisnall, who edged out Ian White 2-1.
Justin Pipe beat Andy Smith 2-0 and will play Adrian Lewis who survived a tense battle with Brendan Dolan in the night's closing game before coming through 2-1.