International Darts Open 2020 preview and schedule: Saturday afternoon session, including Cross, Smith and Wade
There's not too much diversity at the International Darts Open on Saturday afternoon.
After the first day's play, and a hearty mix of expected and unexpected results, the seeds enter the fray. In the first of the Saturday sessions, 15 of the 16 players taking part are from the UK, Germany or the Netherlands. So it's still the International Darts Open, just about.
In the opening tie, Jamie Hughes meets Steve West. Hughes' last outing ended in a 6-5 defeat, having led 5-0, so he's not likely to feel too comfortable at any stage here. Afterwards, Adrian Lewis has whupped COVID-19 and lands in Riesa to get back on the oche. He plays Danny Noppert, who sleepwalked though his opening win.
Martin Schindler put in a timely good performance to get through his opener against Tytus Kanik. The newly deposed, now ex-German World Cup star plays England's number one, Michael Smith.
Everyone in the darting world will surely hope that Jamie Lewis can regain the form that propelled him into the spotlight; for now, his International Darts Open participation is over. That has left the door open for Robert Marijanovic to take a tilt at an upset against Joe Cullen.
Daryl Gurney was himself victim to a shock when he rocked up at the European Darts Grand Prix. Having had a short while to work on improvements, Superchin's first task is seeing off Scott Baker, who timed a late charge to perfection against Michael Unterbuchner.
Dave Chisnall takes to the Riesa stage after that, meeting Dutch southpaw Ron Meulenkamp. Then comes James Wade, who plays the man who proves that good things come to those who wait. Andreas Harryson waited a long time to make his European Tour bow; his debut couldn't have gone much better, and now he has the multiple major winner in his sights.
Last on the agenda is another player who's toasting a milestone win. Franz Roetsch crossed the line for a big win over Brendan Dolan on Friday. He will be facing quite the uphill task against Rob Cross, but the former world champion's shown himself to be vulnerable this year.
International Darts Open 2020 schedule
Play starts 12:00 GMT
12:00 Jamie Hughes v Steve West
12:30 Adrian Lewis v Danny Noppert
13:00 Michael Smith v Martin Schindler
13:30 Joe Cullen v Robert Marijanovic
14:00 Daryl Gurney v Scott Baker
14:30 Dave Chisnall v Ron Meulenkamp
15:00 James Wade v Andreas Harrysson
15:30 Rob Cross v Franz Roetsch