Aspinall survives multiple match darts against Waites, Hughes coasts past Evans
Aspinall survived a real scare from former Grand Slam winner Scott Waites with five missed match darts from 'Scotty 2 Hotty' went begging and the Stockport ace snatched a 6-5 victory to avoid an early exit in the opening round.
While over on Stage Two, it was a lot simpler for Hughes who eased past his new stablemate Ricky Evans with a 6-2 win with a 99 average and 50% on the doubles.
It was also commanding for Van der Voort who saw off his compatriot Derk Telnekes also 6-2 to begin action on the other stage.
Schedule 2020 Players Championship Finals
Friday November 27
Evening Session (1900 GMT)
Nathan Aspinall (92.15) 6-5 (91.82) Scott Waites
Gary Anderson v Keegan Brown
James Wade v Niels Zonneveld
Peter Wright v Ryan Meikle
Michael van Gerwen v Darius Labanauskas
Gerwyn Price v John Henderson
Jose De Sousa v Mike De Decker
Vincent van der Voort (88.73) 6-2 (87.12) Derk Telnekes
Ricky Evans (87.15) 2-6 (98.9)Jamie Hughes
Ross Smith v Kim Huybrechts
Damon Heta v Maik Kuivenhoven
Jermaine Wattimena v Steve Lennon
Madars Razma v Chris Dobey
Glen Durrant v Wayne Jones
Darren Webster v Jeffrey de Zwaan
Danny Noppert v Steve Beaton