Gerwyn Prices next darts opponent is aubergine farmer who still works full time

Defending champion Gerwyn Price overcame Kim Huybrechts in a sudden-death decider during a heated encounter on Monday evening.

The Welshman reached the last 16 to set up a clash with Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode – who himself had been involved in a classic with Ross Smith.

Smith had been 3-0 up, but Van Duijvenbode had managed an incredible comeback to snatch the tie.

Van Duijvenbode has emerged as one of the rising talents of darts since he reached the World Grand Prix last year.

So fast has been the Dutchman's rise to the top, Van Duijvenbode still juggles full-time work at an aubergine farm.

"Last year when I got my Tour Card back, I spoke with my boss and I said is it okay if I start practising at work as well," the Dutchman recently revealed.

"I get the breaks and I extend them with time of my own which isn't paid to practice.

"The results were a lot better, then making World Grand Prix was the achievement I was looking for and to also make the final.

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"It's more of like a reward but also confirmation that you made a good decision."

Van Duijvenbode first shot onto darts screens thanks to his bizarre walk-on during lockdown.

The Dutchman strutted to the oche with EdM banging around the arena before he produced an aubergine, which he proceeded to offer to the walk-on girls.

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