Van Gerwen and Wright through to second round in Coventry, Durrant dumped out by Jones
Van Gerwen has began his title defence by seeing off Darius Labanauskas in a 6-3 win with a 103.3 average, 6/7 on the doubles and a high checkout of 156 as he looks to add his second TV title of the season this week ahead of the World Championship.
For Wright, it wasn't as comfortable with the World Champion surviving a close shave against 'The Barber' Ryan Meikle.
He edged past the Development Tour standout in a 6-5 win with a 104.8 average and 6/6 on the doubles with Meikle hitting a 101.3 average in defeat.
While over on Stage Two, Wayne Jones extended Glen Durrant's poor run as of late with a 6-3 win over the Premier League champion. 'The Wanderer' impressed with a 100 average, five 180's and 55% on the doubles.
While Madars Razma and Jeffrey de Zwaan are also through with victories over Chris Dobey and Darren Webster to begin their campaigns.
Schedule 2020 Players Championship Finals
Friday November 27
Evening Session (1900 GMT)
Nathan Aspinall (92.15) 6-5 (91.82) Scott Waites
Gary Anderson (89.87) 6-4 (90.59) Keegan Brown
James Wade (93.43) 3-6 (94.41) Niels Zonneveld
Peter Wright (104.83) 6-5 (101.29) Ryan Meikle
Michael van Gerwen (103.34) 6-3 (90.38) Darius Labanauskas
Gerwyn Price v John Henderson
Jose De Sousa v Mike De Decker
Vincent van der Voort (88.73) 6-2 (87.12) Derk Telnekes
Ricky Evans (87.15) 2-6 (98.9)Jamie Hughes
Ross Smith (96.29) 6-1 (93.15) Kim Huybrechts
Damon Heta (97.53) 6-1 (83.01) Maik Kuivenhoven
Jermaine Wattimena (103.53) 6-1 (102.16) Steve Lennon
Madars Razma (93.48) 6-3 (96.32) Chris Dobey
Glen Durrant (95.65) 3-6 (100.13) Wayne Jones
Darren Webster (85.77) 3-6 (100.25) Jeffrey de Zwaan
Danny Noppert v Steve Beaton