Saturday evening at the German Darts Grand Prix looks set to be a real treat.

Of course, it’s always a treat when Steve Beaton’s about. We’re helped to a nice dose of the Bronzed Adonis right from the get-go in Munich. He meets fellow Englishman Nathan Derry. Following that match, we welcome Alan Norris back to the stage, as the former German Darts Championship winner seeks German Darts Grand Prix success. His opponent, Stephen Bunting, was a quarter-finalist in the last edition of the German Darts Championship, under a month ago.

There’s always one pair that have to play off for the dubious pleasure of meeting Michael van Gerwen. This time, it’s Krzysztof Ratajski and Martin Schindler. It should be an interesting tie between two highly talented players who are yet to really get going in 2019.

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Chris Dobey plays Michael Rasztovits in the fourth game, with the winner to take on Rob Cross on Sunday. Then another of the home nations qualifiers, Dragutin Horvat, comes up against Kim Huybrechts.

The most in-form German in world darts has been drawn against one of the most in-form players on the European Tour. Gabriel Clemens is likely to go the distance in one of these events at some point. He won’t find it easy here, taking on German Darts Championship runner-up Ricky Evans.

For most, the penultimate match is the tie of the evening. Not so long ago, Jamie Hughes and Glen Durrant were two big fish in the BDO pond. Now they’re both PDC players, and after a big payday in Europe. Whoever battles through what should be a high quality clash then has to play Joe Cullen, and possibly Adrian Lewis in the third round. Nobody said this European Tour lark was easy.

Cristo Reyes could have had a tougher draw, mind. The Iberian ace will be eyeing up a second round clash with Simon Whitlock. First he’s in for a world of Hurtz. Michael Hurtz, the final German qualifier, has never made it to the Sunday of a European Tour weekend. Is now his time? No, probably. But stranger things have happened.

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Evening session schedule

18:15 Steve Beaton v Nathan Derry
18:45 Alan Norris v Stephen Bunting
19:15 Krzysztof Ratajski v Martin Schindler
19:45 Chris Dobey v Michael Rasztovits
20:15 Kim Huybrechts v Dragutin Horvat
20:45 Gabriel Clemens v Ricky Evans
21:15 Jamie Hughes v Glen Durrant
21:45 Michael Hurtz v Cristo Reyes

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Author: Ed McCosh