Michael Van Gerwen was eliminated from the World Grand Prix in the first round after losing to fellow Dutchman Danny Noppert in straight sets.

Gerwen, who was trying to win the annual double-start championship for the sixth time, lost both legs 3-2 in a thrilling match at Leicesterโ€™s Morningside Arena.

In the opening leg of the second set, three-time world champion Van Gerwen came agonisingly close to being the first nine-darter to finish on a 170 in PDC history, but he missed the bull.

Noppert then gave a 103 checkout to take the second set to a decider and at 2-2, Van Gerwen was made to pay for missing too many trebles.

In his post-match interview on the PDCโ€™s official Twitter account, Noppert revealed there had been some angry exchanges between the pair during the match.

โ€œIโ€™m really happy with this win and my own performance, it was really good,โ€ Noppert said. โ€œBut after the first set, we had some troubles with each other.

โ€œEvery time I was on a double, he was stamping on the floor and after the first set, we met each other backstage and had words with each other.

โ€œIt was my feeling about it, but Iโ€™m happy with the win. I just kept going.โ€

Jonny Clayton marked his 47th birthday with a 2-0 victory over Callan Rydz, landing six doubles out of ten tries and only losing one leg.

Clayton, the world number 14 and Premier League winner, averaged over 95 and hit a 170 checkout on his route to the final 16.

Clayton said in his post-match interview on the PDCโ€™s official Twitter account: โ€œI havenโ€™t stopped shaking to be honest, but job done, I had a tough opponent.

โ€œI had my Nandoโ€™s, I love my Nandoโ€™s, but nobody bought it for me on my birthday, I had to pay for it myself! I can relax though now for a day or two.โ€

Rob Cross defeated Peter Wright in a 2-0 victory in a battle of former world champions.

Cross won the opening set after winning three legs in a row after dropping the first.

In the second set, second seed and defending World Matchplay champion Wright had his opportunities, but Cross was too clinical.

Cross said on the PDCโ€™s Twitter account: โ€œI played well. I was better in the first set, the second set a little bit sluggish and never got away.

โ€œIn a tournament, Iโ€™ve probably struggled in, Iโ€™ve got to be grateful. Peterโ€™s a great player and been around many more years than me, but Iโ€™ll take the win and move on.โ€

Former World Grand Prix runner-up Gary Anderson fell at the first hurdle, losing 2-1 in a tense affair to Ian White.

White sealed achievement with his ninth match dart in the deciding leg after Anderson had levelled it up at 2-2 with the help of two 180s.

โ€œIโ€™m happy to go through, but I donโ€™t think it was a classic,โ€ White said. โ€œThe two of us are good friends. We go fishing together, so it was hard work.โ€

Krzysztof Ratajski secured his first win at the World Grand Prix at the third attempt after coming from a set down to defeat world number 10 Nathan Aspinall 2-1.

Ratajski said: โ€œIโ€™m very happy. It was one of the hardest matches in my career. It was really hard for me and Iโ€™m glad that I won.

โ€œNathan Aspinall is a class player. Heโ€™s one of the best players in the Premier League, so Iโ€™m happy.โ€

On his tournament debut, Darius Labanauskas advanced to the second round by defeating 2011 finalist Brendan Dolan 2-1, and Vincent Van Der Voort defeated German Gabriel Clemens 2-0.

In the eveningโ€™s last match, Jose De Sousa of Portugal cruised to a 2-0 victory over Glen Durrant of the United Kingdom, who battled throughout and only won one leg.

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