Live Darts on Friday October 26: European Championship 2018 Day Two Afternoon Session preview and order of play

Adrian Lewis celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The First Round action continues at the 2018 European Championship in Dortmund on Friday afternoon with two former World Champions and two home hopefuls among the star attractions.

The opening night saw just one of the top 16 seeds crash out as Ian White suffered a crushing 6-1 defeat at the hands of Richard North, while Michael van Gerwen came from two legs down to defeat Paul Nicholson 6-2.

The first of two sessions on Friday features matches from the bottom half of the draw, with the stand-out tie a clash between power scorers Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall.

Lewis claimed this title five years ago, having previously lost out to Phil Taylor in the final in 2008 and 2011 - the year he also hit a stunning nine-dart finish.

After twice dropping out of the top 16 this year, 'Jackpot' is now back among the elite bracket, having reached the final Players Championship 22 last weekend - his fourth ranked final of the year.

Chisnall, meanwhile, has slipped to tenth in the Order of Merit and has failed to progress beyond the Quarter-Finals of a televised ranking tournament for almost two years.

Runs to the Quarter-Finals of the World Matchplay and World Grand Prix saw 'Chizzy' show signs of a return to form and victory in this formidable opener would hand him another timely confidence boost.

Mensur Suljovic, the 2016 runner-up, kicks off his campaign at the Westfalenhallen with a clash against Spain's Cristo Reyes.

Suljovic has enjoyed another superb year on the big stage, reaching at least the Semi-Finals in five of his six televised singles campaigns, notably winning the German Masters and finishing runner-up at the World Matchplay.

He has gone almost two years without losing in the First Round of a major televised ranking tournament and comes up against an opponent struggling for form and looking to avert a sixth consecutive First Round exit in front of the TV cameras.

World number 13 Darren Webster takes on former BDO World Champion Stephen Bunting in a repeat of their meeting at the World Grand Prix earlier this month.

Webster was ruthless on that occasion in Dublin, storming to a straight sets win and will be keen to do the double over 'The Bullet' - who defeated Phil Taylor en route to the Quarter-Finals on his European Championship debut in 2014.

Premier League star Daryl Gurney faces a tricky opener against a rejuvenated Ricky Evans - one of a clutch of exciting debutants in this year's field.

Gurney embarked on a fine run to the Semi-Finals in Hasselt 12 months ago and put up a stern defence of his Grand Prix title earlier this month, defeating Gary Anderson before falling at the Semi-Final hurdle.

Evans is producing some of the most consistent darts of his career to date, having reached the final of the Dutch Championship in September and a further four Quarter-Finals on the ProTour this season to secure his place in a number of TV majors.

James Wade, a two-time European Championship semi-finalist, looks to cap a memorable month which saw him welcome the birth of his first child when he faces rising German star Martin Schindler.

Wade was runner-up in the final European Tour event of the year in Gottingen a fortnight ago but will wary of the threat posed by the tenacious 22-year-old - who has two ProTour Semi-Finals and two Development Tour titles under his belt this year.

Germany's number one Max Hop aims to delight the partisan home crowd by overcoming Ireland's William O'Connor.

A watershed moment for German darts saw Hopp become the first German player to win a PDC ranking title at the German Open earlier this year, now the 22-year-old aims to produce the goods on the big stage.

O'Connor reached the final of July's European Matchplay and can expect a baptism of fire in his debut appearance at the European Championship.

A European Tour title and a further runner-up spot mean Gerwyn Price enters this event as the number three seed, and the in-form Welshman looks to hit the ground running against Kyle Anderson.

Hampered by a freak ankle injury, Price made a slow start to the season but has turned his fortunes around and will be eyeing a third consecutive appearance in the Last 16 of this competition.

Australian ace Anderson enjoyed a sensational run to the Semi-Finals in Hasselt last year, but not even a magical nine-dart finish was enough for him to shake off MVG in a thrilling contest which saw him squander two match darts.

The opening match of the afternoon sees Austrian Open champion Jonny Clayton take on in-form James Wilson.

Clayton heads to Dortmund as the number ten seed having produced arguably his best form on the European Tour this year, while Wilson's run to the final of the German Championship ignited a superb spell which saw him reach a ProTour Semi-Final and the Quarter-Finals of the Grand Prix.

The action gets underway from 12.45pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

Unibet European Championship 2018 Schedule


All times BST (Local time one hour ahead)

Friday October 26

Afternoon Session

First Round

1.00pm Jonny Clayton v James Wilson
1.30pm Darren Webster v Stephen Bunting
2.00pm Gerwyn Price v Kyle Anderson
2.30pm Mensur Suljovic v Cristo Reyes
3.00pm Daryl Gurney v Ricky Evans
3.30pm Max Hopp v William O'Connor
4.00pm James Wade v Martin Schindler
4.30pm Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall


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