Smith began his title defence after winning the title last year with a superb display to see off Jim Williams who has been in good form. He produced a 100.5 average with six 180's in sealing the win.
Initially going 4-1 up with a 90 checkout using bull-double 10, he missed darts to go one away and Williams made it 4-3. 'The Quiff' sealed parity but Smith had a late surge with a 13-darter and finally a 20-darter on double five after Smith had missed multiple darts to force a decider.
While Searle was utterly sensational as he moved through with a 109 average to thrash Dimitri van den Bergh 6-1.
It was 'Heavy Metal's best display ever on the European Tour as he defied a 105 average from the Belgian who only got one leg for his troubles.
It was the doubling of Searle in particular that was deadly with 6/11 with Van den Bergh only getting two darts at double.