Harris punishes missed darts at doubles to defeat Smith, Wehder claims debut win over Nilsson
The next three ties of the European Darts Matchplay are complete with the likes of Cody Harris, Marvin Wehder and Ryan Meikle all through to the second day of action.
Harris hit 40 percent of doubles which accounts for 6/15 compared to 17 percent for Smith which was 4/23 showing the disparity in the doubles which meant the win for the New Zealand ace. This was despite only an average of 87 and only hitting 1 180 compared to four from his opponent.
Wehder marked a brilliant European Tour debut with victory after seeing off Dennis Nilsson in a 6-3 win. This means that the Host Nation Qualifier will get the chance to play in front of his home crowd which will be rapturous tomorrow night.
Meikle also performed well in seeing off Brett Claydon averaging just less than 90 in a 6-3 victory where he hit four 180's.
'The Barber' has impressed at times on the Development Tour and will hope to take that up to the big stage this weekend.
European Darts Matchplay schedule
Day One, afternoon session
Scott Taylor (84.6) 6-5 (86.14) Matthew Edgar
Bradley Brooks (90.96) 6-4 (101.66) Mark McGeeney
Ryan Meikle (89.89) 6-3 (85.91) Brett Claydon
Dennis Nilsson (81.22) 3-6 (83.12) Marvin Wehder
Cody Harris (87.84) 6-4 (87) Ross Smith
14:30 Dirk van Duijvenbode v Krzysztof Kciuk
15:30 John Henderson v Ryan Joyce
16:00 Gabriel Clemens v Steffen Siepmann