Hughes and West come through deciding leg thrillers to begin marathon opening session at European Championship
Hughes to start proceedings snatched his tie against Dave Chisnall hitting back-to-back 180's and an 81 checkout which was an 11-darter to defeat the St Helens ace who many predicted could go on a run this weekend due to his current form. But it is the Tipton ace who is through.
Another player to dispel one of the potential favourites was West who saw off Krzysztof Ratajski in an impressive display which once again went all the way. He hit five 180's and 60% on the doubles.
It was a tie though that could have gone either way with it going 11 legs and 11 holds with 'Simply' squeezing through to the second round.
European Championship 2020 schedule
Thursday October 29
Jamie Hughes (94.22) 6-5 (92.66) Dave Chisnall
Krzysztof Ratajski (99.76) 5-6 (95.19) Steve West
Mervyn King v Ian White
Jose de Sousa v Jeffrey de Zwaan
James Wade v Steve Lennon
Devon Petersen v Andy Hamilton
Michael Smith v Ross Smith
Danny Noppert v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Nathan Aspinall v Maik Kuivenhoven
Joe Cullen v William O'Connor
Rob Cross v Martijn Kleermaker
Jonny Clayton v Max Hopp
Michael van Gerwen v Darius Labanauskas
Gerwyn Price v Kim Huybrechts
Peter Wright v Gabriel Clemens
Mensur Suljovic v Daryl Gurney