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European Darts Championship 2020 Day One preview and order of play: Big names aim to avoid early Oberhausen exit

European Darts Championship 2020 Draw, Live Scores and Schedule of Play

Jamie Shaw in European Championship 01 Nov 2020
Rob Cross is the reigning champion (Photo by PDC Europe)

The thirteenth staging of the European Championship takes place in Oberhausen for the first time, and you can follow all the latest results and fixtures here.

The £500,000 ranked major features the top 32 players from the European Order of Merit, which is comprised from the prize money earned solely from the four European Tour events held over the course of the year.

Rob Cross heads to Germany as the defending champion following his 11-6 success over Gerwyn Price in last year’s final in Gottingen.

Michael van Gerwen has claimed the title on four consecutive occasions, equalling Phil Taylor’s record tally, and the world number one is bidding to land his first televised title since the UK Open back in March.

A condensed European Tour campaign this season resulted in four different winners, with International Open champion Joe Cullen securing top seed status for the European Championship.

Belgian Championship winner Price is seeded number two, with European Grand Prix winner Jose de Sousa third seed and German Championship winner Devon Petersen seeded fourth.

Van Gerwen is the number five seed, while notable debutants include Martijn Kleermaker, Gabriel Clemens and Darius Labanauskas.

Glen Durrant, who would have been 23rd seed, had to withdraw from the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19 the week before and is replaced by William O’Connor.

The tournament runs from October 29 to November 1 at the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen.

First Round matches are to be contested over the best of 11 legs, with Second Round and Quarter-Final ties best of 19 and the Semi-Finals and Final best of 21.


European Darts Championship 2020 Schedule of Play

All times GMT (local time one hour ahead)

Thursday October 29

First Round

Jamie Hughes 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Krzysztof Ratajski 5-6 Steve West
Mervyn King 2-6 Ian White
Jose de Sousa 6-3 Jeffrey de Zwaan – *De Sousa hits a nine-darter*
James Wade 6-5 Steve Lennon
Devon Petersen 6-1 Andy Hamilton
Michael Smith 6-5 Ross Smith
Danny Noppert 0-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Maik Kuivenhoven
Joe Cullen 3-6 William O’Connor
Rob Cross 3-6 Martijn Kleermaker
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Max Hopp
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Darius Labanauskas
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Kim Huybrechts
Peter Wright 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Daryl Gurney

Friday October 30

Second Round

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
William O’Connor 10-3 Jamie Hughes
Devon Petersen 10-8 Martijn Kleermaker
Jose De Sousa 6-10 Jonny Clayton
Nathan Aspinall 8-10 James Wade

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Michael Smith 8-10 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Gerwyn Price 6-10 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 4-10 Ian White
Mensur Suljovic 9-10 Steve West

Saturday October 31


William O’Connor 4-10 James Wade
Jonny Clayton 10-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Peter Wright 10-6 Steve West
Devon Petersen 10-6 Ian White

Sunday November 1


James Wade 11-10 Devon Petersen
Peter Wright 11-8 Jonny Clayton

Peter Wright 11-4 James Wade

Prize Fund
Winner: £120,000
Runner-up: £60,000
Semi-Final losers: £32,000
Quarter-Final losers: £20,000
Last 16 losers: £10,000
First Round losers: £6,000