Schedule and preview Thursday session 2021 European Championship Darts featuring Wright and De Sousa
The next major tournament on the calendar is set to begin on Thursday evening in the form of the 2021 European Championship.
Last year saw the so called 'Uber session' with the first round completed in one session but this time around, it reverts back to the initial format with a Thursday start and two days to complete the first round.
Similar though to last year, the qualification for this tournament was done on the basis of only a few events and this means the likes of Jonny Clayton, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Ian White and Dave Chisnall among others miss out.
Starting proceedings off though in Salzburg will be Simon Whitlock who missed out on the World Grand Prix but has been keeping his practice going with involvement in local leagues.
He will face Scottish rising star William Borland who will look to take advantage of his opportunity in this tournament to dump out 'The Wizard'.
A potential cracker follows along as Brendan Dolan faces Kim Huybrechts, while similarly Rob Cross faces Keane Barry. First time winner this year, Callan Rydz will then take on multiple finalist, Luke Humphries with both making their debuts in the tournament.
To finish the session, Mensur Suljovic will aim to continue his return to form when he faces Adam Hunt, while Joe Cullen will look to return to form altogether when he faces Ted Evetts.
2021 European Championship
Thursday October 14
Evening Session (2000 local time, 1900 BST)
First Round x8
Simon Whitlock v William Borland
Brendan Dolan v Kim Huybrechts
Rob Cross v Keane Barry
Luke Humphries v Callan Rydz
Jose de Sousa v Lewis Williams
Peter Wright v Florian Hempel
Mensur Suljovic v Adam Hunt
Joe Cullen v Ted Evetts