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
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