European Darts Grand Prix 2020 preview and schedule: Saturday afternoon session, including Durrant, Smith and Chisnall
Premier League royalty is on hand for the start of the European Darts Grand Prix's second day.
Glen Durrant has made the trip from Coventry to Sindelfingen, and the newly crowned Premier League Darts champion joins the likes of Michael Smith and Dave Chisnall in the second round. Defending European Darts Grand Prix champion Ian White also appears on Saturday afternoon, as do eight players who won yesterday.
The man who opened the show on Friday does so today; Maik Kuivenhoven meets Daryl Gurney in the first bout of the afternoon. That's then followed by White, who won his third European Tour title here last year. The Diamond faces Scott Waites, who sent Jason Lowe packing previously.
Michael Smith could do with a morale-boosting run ahead of the World Cup and the mass of singles titles left to be fought over. The Bully Boy will take on Derk Telnekes, who saw off Robert Marijanovic on Friday.
Marijanovic didn't make it to today, but plenty of German aces are still going, including Nico Kurz and Ricardo Pietreczko. Rising star Kurz survived a 4-2 deficit and a match dart against Switzerland's Stefan Bellmont. After that rousing comeback, he faces one almighty task. Glen Durrant is £250,000 richer than he was a week ago, and has a big PDC trophy in his cabinet. A European Tour event is still on the must-have list.
Pietreczko grabbed his first European Tour win in some style, dishing out a 6-1 beating against a sub-par Luke Woodhouse. His reward is a meeting with the erratically brilliant Jose de Sousa. Portugal's darting talisman is among the seeds and could play Gerwyn Price or Devon Petersen with a victory here.
Dave Chisnall needs to bounce back after seeing his World Grand Prix bid fall agonisingly short of glory. But any Grand Prix is just as good as another, right? If he's to succeed in Sindelfingen, first Chizzy must strike down Darius Labanauskas.
Kim Huybrechts made light work of John Henderson in the opening round yesterday. Now the Belgian meets World Grand Prix quarter-finalist Joe Cullen in the penultimate tie of the afternoon.
In the last, Steve Lennon aims to follow up a good win over Madars Razma with the scalp of Jamie Hughes. Thanks to some great performances last year, including reaching the European Darts Grand Prix semi-finals, Hughes has slotted in among the seeds. Could that little bit of extra match practice yesterday give Lennon the edge?
European Darts Grand Prix Schedule
Saturday October 17
Afternoon Session (12:00 GMT)
Daryl Gurney v Maik Kuivenhoven
Ian White v Scott Waites
Michael Smith v Derk Telnekes
Glen Durrant v Nico Kurz
Jose De Sousa v Ricardo Pietreczko
Dave Chisnall v Darius Labanauskas
Joe Cullen v Kim Huybrechts
Jamie Hughes v Steve Lennon