The PDC European Darts Open second round kicks off with eight Saturday afternoon ties.
Darren Webster starts his Leverkusen adventure needing a decent run to get his 2019 season kick-started. He meets Czech ace Pavel Jirkal, who made his European Tour bow in style with a 6-1 thrashing of William Borland. That’s followed by the reigning European Championship champion James Wade, who will be hoping to make the European Darts Open just his third regular season European title. He meets Wesley Plaisier, who saw off home favourite Jyhan Artut on Friday.
Ian White, so often a diamond on the floor but not so on stage, took a big step forward by winning the 2018 Dutch Darts Masters. His bid to start this European season in style begins against Justin Pipe, who kicked off the European Darts Open with victory over Ryan Meikle. Gerwyn Price follows, taking on Scott Taylor.
Dave Chisnall opens his tournament against Ted Evetts, before Adam Hunt meets Jonny Clayton. There is an intriguing clash in the penultimate game. Michael Smith is under pressure in the Premier League. Before a vital double-header in Rotterdam, he could give himself a real shot in the arm here. Despite struggling yesterday against Matthew Edgar, Krzysztof Ratajski is more than capable of causing a surprise. The winner takes on Price or Taylor in the third round.
The best has been left for last. PDC world number five Daryl Gurney is on a high after beating Michael van Gerwen in Berlin. He plays against a renowned van Gerwen conqueror, Jeffrey de Zwaan. The youngster negotiated his way past Josh Payne and will be looking to keep the momentum going.
Afternoon session schedule
Darren Webster v Pavel Jirkal
James Wade v Wesley Plaisier
Ian White v Justin Pipe
Gerwyn Price v Scott Taylor
Dave Chisnall v Ted Evetts
Jonny Clayton v Adam Hunt
Michael Smith v Krzysztof Ratajski
Daryl Gurney v Jeffrey de Zwaan
Author: Ed McCosh