Schedule Saturday afternoon at UK Open Darts 2024 as Gary Anderson, Luke Littler and Nathan Aspinall among Main Stage highlights

The draw has been made for the fifth round of the 2024 UK Open and we will stage to reach the business end as Red's Bar starts to grow ever quieter and the main action takes place in the Skyline Arena on the Main Stage.

The main match to likely look forward to sees master v apprentice again as Gary Anderson faces Chris Dobey. Our pre-tournament favourite on with the readers, 'The Flying Scotsman' flew past Cameron Menzies on Friday evening and living nearby, he is the only player left that can sleep in his own bed. Home comfort no doubt. Dobey eased past Mickey Mansell on the outer boards.

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Luke Littler as expected will be on the Main Stage for the duration of the tournament if he continues on, but his next opponent will be a Wall that Gerwyn Price could not take down and that is Martin Schindler. He will aim to rock the teenage prodigy who garners most of the interest and will now be one of the tournament favourites.

After a night which saw Price and Michael van Gerwen head home. Then it is a player who made his name in this tournament in terms of winning his first major, Nathan Aspinall returns after becoming World Matchplay champion and breaking his major duck and faces Damon Heta. 'The Heat' has got the image now of being a perennial major Quarter-Finalist and after seeing off his World Cup teammate, it is a bigger test that lies ahead.

Benjamin Drue Reus famously turned it on at the World Cup averaging towards 110 for Denmark and he may need some of that against Luke Humphries, the current World Champion and World Number One to conclude Main Stage proceedings. The latter took down a resurgent Dirk van Duijvenbode to conclude the session and is looking to send a statement after being seen by some as the next Michael Smith in terms of a post World Championship form dropoff.

Perhaps though Stage Two is where the entertainment lies with Jonny Clayton and Ross Smith bound to be a high scoring affair whether either player gets battered or one surges away. Rob Cross and Josh Rock is the battle of the same management with split loyalties. Stephen Bunting will find a slower pace than against Danny Lauby when he faces Kevin Doets before Peter Wright again plays outer boards and takes on defending champion, Andrew Gilding.

Michael Smith, Dave Chisnall, Danny Noppert and Dimitri van den Bergh are among the players that will be doing their work away from the main stages and for some it will serve as a good way of playing a similar environment to the ProTour or we could yet get some shocks.

Barring one or two names, the field left all have pedigree so there won't be a shock latter stage but with Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price gone, the major title opportunity will be sensed both by the big names and those on the periphery. A big day awaits in Minehead and opportunity knocks.

Saturday, March 2

Afternoon session (from 12:45 p.m.)

Fifth round

Main Stage

Gary Anderson v Chris Dobey

Luke Littler v Martin Schindler

Damon Heta v Nathan Aspinall

Benjamin Drue Reus v Luke Humphries

Stage Two

Jonny Clayton v Ross Smith

Rob Cross v Josh Rock

Stephen Bunting v Kevin Doets

Peter Wright v Andrew Gilding

Stage Three

Ricky Evans v Mike de Decker

Michael Smith v Luke Woodhouse

Dave Chisnall v Mensur Suljovic

Vincent van der Voort v Dimitri van den Bergh

Stage Four

Graham Usher v Gian van Veen

Martin Lukeman v Danny Noppert

Keane Barry v Ryan Meikle

Krzysztof Ratajski v Mervyn King

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