Smith and Cullen recover to book Quarter-Final spot at Players Championship Finals
Smith claimed a high quality victory over Jose de Sousa to begin proceedings on the main stage with a 10-7 victory.
He had to recover from 6-3 down though to see off the Grand Slam champion but did so superbly denying a 103 average from the Portuguese ace to claim the tie.
While Joe Cullen came from 8-6 down to defeat Ian White in a 10-8 victory, after going down to that point, he averaged 109.31.
He won legs in 13, 11, 14 and 17 to turn the match around and become the first winner of the session with a 98.5 average and four 180's.
Schedule 2020 Players Championship Finals
Saturday November 28
Evening Session (1900 GMT)
Michael Smith (102.11) 10-7 (103.57) Jose de Sousa
Gerwyn Price v Luke Humphries
Peter Wright v Callan Rydz
Michael Van Gerwen v Jeffrey de Zwaan
Ian White (99.37) 8-10 (98.53) Joe Cullen
Ross Smith v Damon Heta
Karel Sedlacek v Mervyn King
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Luke Woodhouse