Germany’s World Cup duo both come through host nation qualifiers to qualify for European Darts Matchplay this weekend

By Alex Moss
9 JUNE 2017 • 7:06AM

Max Hopp and Martin Schindler, Germany’s Betway World Cup of Darts team, have both qualified for the HappyBet European Darts Matchplay this weekend.

The duo, who together reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Frankfurt last weekend, were among four players to qualify for the European Tour event through the host nation qualifiers last night.

Hopp and Schindler will both be in first round action this afternoon, as Hopp takes on Mike de Decker and Schindler goes up against former PDC World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton.

Elsewhere, Germany’s Erik Tautfest will make his European Tour debut after also securing a place in the field for this weekend through the host nation qualifiers yesterday.

Tautfest will take on Greece’s John Michael in the first round tonight, with the reward for the winner a clash with world number three Peter Wright in the last 32 on Saturday.

Mike Holz was the fourth host nation qualifier and is in line for his first appearance on the European Tour this year, with the German set to meet Scotland’s John Henderson in the first round this evening.

2017 HappyBet European Darts Matchplay
June 9-11, 2017 edel-optics.de Arena, Hamburg
First Round Draw
John Henderson v Mike Holz
Richard North v Mickey Mansell
Peter Hudson v Brendan Dolan
Marko Kantele v Antonio Alcinas
Vincent van der Voort v Adrian Lewis
Krzysztof Ratajski v Justin Pipe
Andy Hamilton v Martin Schindler
Mike de Decker v Max Hopp
Erik Tautfest v John Michael
Chris Quantock v Nathan Aspinall
Kenny Neyens v Stephen Bunting
Kyle Anderson v Christian Kist
Lee Bryant v James Wilson
Peter Jacques v Chris Dobey
Darren Webster v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Andy Jenkins v Jimmy Hendriks

Second Round Draw
(1) Michael van Gerwen v Henderson/Holz
(16) Mervyn King v North/Mansell
(8) Kim Huybrechts v Hudson/Dolan
(9) Alan Norris v Kantele/Alcinas
(5) Benito van de Pas v van der Voort/Lewis
(12) Joe Cullen v Ratajski/Pipe
(4) Simon Whitlock v Hamilton/Schindler
(13) Michael Smith v de Decker/Hopp
(2) Peter Wright v Tautfest/Michael
(15) Cristo Reyes v Quantock/Aspinall
(7) Jelle Klaasen v Neyens/Bunting
(10) James Wade v Anderson/Kist
(6) Dave Chisnall v Bryant/Wilson
(11) Ian White v Jacques/Dobey
(3) Mensur Suljovic v Webster/van Duijvenbode
(14) Daryl Gurney v Jenkins/Hendriks

Schedule of Play
Friday June 9
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time)
Peter Hudson v Brendan Dolan
Richard North v Mickey Mansell
Krzysztof Ratajski v Justin Pipe
Andy Hamilton v Martin Schindler
Lee Bryant v James Wilson
Marko Kantele v Antonio Alcinas
Mike de Decker v Max Hopp
Andy Jenkins v Jimmy Hendriks

Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time)
Chris Quantock v Nathan Aspinall
Darren Webster v Dirk van Duijvenbode
John Henderson v Mike Holz
Peter Jacques v Chris Dobey
Kenny Neyens v Stephen Bunting
Vincent van der Voort v Adrian Lewis
Erik Tautfest v John Michael
Kyle Anderson v Christian Kist

Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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