The first afternoon session of the World Darts Championship is upon us.

Darting drama and getting in an excuse to drink at noon – what’s not to love? (Please binge responsibly). The World Darts Championship kicked off with four interesting Friday night ties. The defending champion wobbled, but survived; Kim Huybrechts survived a nervy encounter; and we’ll discuss Luke Humphries more in a minute.

Click here for more information about the 2020 PDC World Darts Championship, including the schedules and prize money breakdown.

You again?!

Onto the Saturday afternoon games then – and it’s deja vu all over again. YouTuber, Durrant-baiter and occasional dart player Matthew Edgar looks to have saved his Tour Card at the very last. A first round win would confirm it, and he’ll recognise his opponent. Darius Labanauskas beat the Englishman last year before stunning Raymond van Barneveld. So does history repeat itself, or will the star of Edgar TV throw a twist into the storyline? We’ve previewed the tie right here.

In match number six, we finally say hello to a World Darts Championship debutant. And then, when their walk-on’s finished, we greet another one. Yuki Yamada and Ryan Meikle are on a level pegging in terms of Ally Pally experience. The Japanese ace has battled through a competitive Asian Tour circuit to get here, while Suffolk’s Meikle has been one of the big names in the Development Tour. Click here for the full match preview.

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Cool Hand out to outgun Machine Gun

The Asian Tour has two representatives in this session. The second won’t just have the one continent behind him, however. Paul Lim is one of the most universally loved players in darts, and a lot of people will want to see him facing 2019 finalist Michael Smith tomorrow. But that’s not to say that anyone will begrudge Luke Woodhouse a shot, especially if he can do what he did to Daryl Gurney at the Players Championship Finals. We’ll be keeping an eye out for another Lim nine-darter attempt anyway. And yes – we’ve previewed this too.

Jermaine Wattimena is the seed in this session, with the Dutchman entering in round two. The 18th seed faces Luke Humphries, who we saw defeating Devon Petersen last night. Humphries is an excellent player, and is clearly in solid form. He nailed some outstanding checkouts at key times, beating a strong player 3-1 – and he knows he can do better. He might well have gained the momentum on Friday night to reach the next level. Wattimena’s been at the top of his game for much of this year, and will fancy himself. But there’s absolutely no ruling out the world youth champion. It could be a close one…

PDC World Darts Championship 2020 schedule

Saturday 14 December, afternoon session

12:40 – Matthew Edgar vs Darius Labanauskas (R1)

13:40 – Yuki Yamada vs Ryan Meikle (R1)

14:40 – Luke Woodhouse vs Paul Lim (R1)

15:40 – Jermaine Wattimena [18] vs Luke Humphries (R2)

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Author: Ed McCosh