White eases past King, Nine-dart hero De Sousa concludes victory over De Zwaan

Ian White and Jose de Sousa are through to the second round at the European Championship as the marathon session continues in Oberhausen with the latter hitting a nine-dart finish to begin his campaign.

White who has not been in the best form as of late eased past Mervyn King who has in a 6-2 win to potentially set up a tie next with Michael van Gerwen.

He began by easing into a 3-0 lead which included a brilliant 164 checkout but despite King breaking the throw with an 80 checkout to make it 3-1, White was straight back making it 4-1 at the interval.

He hit double eight to go one away and concluded it from there in style with a 143 checkout to move through.

This was followed up though by the brilliance of recent first time European Tour winner in De Sousa who saw off Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3 with the crowning glory being the nine-dart finish.

Hit to go 2-0 up in the early going, he went 180, 177, 144 and from there carried on his momentum to conclude the tie with three 180's and a 95 average. 'The Special One' with a special start to the tournament.

European Championship 2020 schedule

First round
Thursday October 29

Jamie Hughes (94.22) 6-5 (92.66) Dave Chisnall

Krzysztof Ratajski (99.76) 5-6 (95.19) Steve West

Mervyn King (86.66) 2-6 (91.83) Ian White

Jose de Sousa (96.56) 6-3 (87.65) Jeffrey de Zwaan

James Wade v Steve Lennon

Devon Petersen v Andy Hamilton

Michael Smith v Ross Smith

Danny Noppert v Dirk van Duijvenbode

Nathan Aspinall v Maik Kuivenhoven

Joe Cullen v William O'Connor

Rob Cross v Martijn Kleermaker

Jonny Clayton v Max Hopp

Michael van Gerwen v Darius Labanauskas

Gerwyn Price v Kim Huybrechts

Peter Wright v Gabriel Clemens

Mensur Suljovic v Daryl Gurney

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