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Live Darts on Friday: European Darts Matchplay 2017 Day One preview and order of play

World number four Lewis celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The sixth European Tour event of the season commences in Hamburg on Friday as the 32 qualifiers bid to join the top seeds in the Second Round.

The three-day, live-streamed tournament features 48 hopefuls battling it for £135,000 in prize money in the darting hotbed of Germany.

A double-header of First Round ties on Day One is headlined by a clash between two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis and former UK Open finalist Vincent van der Voort.

Lewis' lowly ranking on the ProTour Order of Merit meant he was forced to come through the UK qualifying event last month and 'Jackpot' will be hoping to mount a serious run this weekend.

Crowd favourite Van der Voort is appearing in only his second European Tour event of the season and can hardly have hoped for a much tougher opening salvo.

The pick of the afternoon's ties sees two young talents collide as home hero Max Hopp takes on Belgium's Mike De Decker.

Hopp enjoyed a fine run to the Quarter-Finals of last weekend's PDC World Cup in Frankfurt alongside Martin Schindler and will be keen to kick on from those impressive displays upon his return to singles action.

De Decker has typically produced his best performances on the Development Tour, hitting a nine-darter in March and has two Semi-Finals to his name this year, but will be out to take the next step by proving himself at elite level.

Former world finalist Andy Hamilton returns to action as he takes on 20-year-old Schindler - who is set to receive a hero's welcome following his World Cup exploits last weekend.

Former World Grand Prix runner-up Brendan Dolan opens up against Peter 'The Rock' Hudson, as former BDO number one James Wilson faces world number 152 Lee Bryant.

Two players to have featured in the recent World Cup of Darts collide as Spain's Antonio Alcinas meets Finland's Marko Kantele, while veteran Andy Jenkins is up against Dutch youngster Jimmy Hendriks.

Multiple major semi-finalist Justin Pipe faces a tricky opener against Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski, while Northern Irish left-hander Mickey Mansell meets the highly-rated Richard North.

Stephen Bunting, the 2014 Lakeside Champion, kicks off against Belgian youngster Kenny Neyens in the evening session, while Australia's Kyle Anderson looks to put a disappointing World Cup campaign behind him by overcoming 2012 Lakeside king - Christian Kist.

Peter Jacques - who enjoyed a dream run to the final of a Players Championship event back in February - looks to make life difficult for Grand Slam quarter-finalist Chris Dobey.

Two bright young prospects go head-to-head as York left-hander Chris Quantock faces former World Youth finalist Nathan Aspinall.

Players Championship semi-finalist Darren Webster takes on the lively Dirk van Duijvenbode, while John Henderson plays Host Nation qualifier Mike Holz and Greece's John Michael faces another German hopeful in Erik Tautfest.

The action gets underway from midday BST, with all matches contested over the best of 11 legs at InselParkhalle in Hamburg, Germany. 

European Darts Matchplay 2017 Match Schedule


All times BST (local time one hour ahead)

Friday June 9

Round One

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Peter Hudson v Brendan Dolan
Richard North v Mickey Mansell
Krzysztof Ratajski v Justin Pipe
Andy Hamilton v Martin Schindler
Lee Bryant v James Wilson
Marko Kantele v Antonio Alcinas
Mike de Decker v Max Hopp
Andy Jenkins v Jimmy Hendriks

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Chris Quantock v Nathan Aspinall
Darren Webster v Dirk van Duijvenbode
John Henderson v Mike Holz
Peter Jacques v Chris Dobey
Kenny Neyens v Stephen Bunting
Vincent van der Voort v Adrian Lewis
Erik Tautfest v John Michael
Kyle Anderson v Christian Kist


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