Payne seals first win on European Tour in four years over Whitlock, Clemens survives late fightback from Evans

The first round is complete at the European Darts Grand Prix with Josh Payne and Gabriel Clemens moving into Saturday's action in Sindelfingen.

For Payne, it was a first win on the European Tour in four years as he saw off one of the main attractions of Friday night in Simon Whitlock.

'The Maximum' averaged 84 in the end but was more impressive on the doubling hitting 60% in all with a high checkout of 100 as he prevailed 6-3.

Gabriel Clemens prevailed 6-4 but it could've and should've been a lot simpler for 'The German Giant' in front of his home crowd.

Clemens was facing Lee Evans and had a dart to win it 6-0 and seal a whitewash to delight the home crowd but had to wait a little bit longer to move through.

On hitting double five to make it 5-1, Evans broke throw and held to make it 5-3 albeit after more missed match darts before finally Clemens prevailed. He hit a 46 checkout first time to seal it with Evans waiting to send it all the way.

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