Ross Smith produced a spell-binding display to thrash Mario Vandenbogaerde on the opening day of the 2020 International Darts Open in Riesa, while five Germans progressed.
Former UK Open quarter-finalist Smith averaged 112.86 and hit six from eight on the doubles in 6-1 demolition of Belgian debutant Vandenbogaerde.
Smith, who has previously achieved a nine-darter on the European Tour, landed a ten-dart leg among six winning legs of 14 darts or less to set up a Last 32 clash against reigning champion Gerwyn Price.
Max Hopp’s bid to win a second European Tour title began with a 6-1 mauling of Jelle Klaasen, moving the German ace through to face last weekend’s European Darts Grand Prix champion Jose De Sousa.
Gabriel Clemens, who is closing in on a spot in the world’s top 32, sealed his 6-1 win over compatriot Philipp Hagemann with a superb 167 checkout as he averaged just shy of 100.
Martin Schindler will play Michael Smith in Round Two after defeating Tytus Kanik 6-1, with the Polish ace taking out 170 in leg two only to see the German ace reel off the next five legs for victory.
They are joined in the Last 32 by Host Nation Qualifiers Franz Roetzsch and Robert Marijanovic, who pulled off shock wins over Brendan Dolan and Jamie Lewis respectively on Friday.
Lewis averaged just 57.7 on a night to forget for the former World Championship semi-finalist.
Meanwhile, Madars Razma held off Kai Fan Leung’s fightback from 4-1 down to trail 5-4 as the Latvian ace moved through to a tie with world number one Michael van Gerwen with a 6-4 success.
Jason Lowe survived four match darts from Scott Marsh in the deciding leg of their tie, following up earlier finishes of 117, 124 and 121 with an 89 checkout to snatch victory.
Sweden’s Andreas Harrysson made his long-awaited European Tour debut with a 6-3 win over a struggling Benito van de Pas, as he moved through to take on James Wade on Saturday.
Former World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton proved too strong for Germany qualifier Simeon Heinz, with a 6-2 win setting up a second round meeting with Stephen Bunting.
Ron Meulenkamp kept his European Championship qualification hopes alive with a 6-2 defeat of experienced German Michael Rosenauer, who paid for 11 missed doubles during the contest.
Steve West saw off Toni Alcinas 6-3 despite the Spanish ace finishing 121 and legs of 13 and 12 darts during their encounter, moving himself through to play Jamie Hughes.
Danny Noppert dropped just one leg in his convincing win over Sebastian Pohl as he set up a second round meeting with Adrian Lewis – who makes his return to action on Saturday after missing the recent World Grand Prix due to a positive Covid test.
Scott Baker claimed the final two legs of his tie with Michael Unterbuchner to break a four-all deadlock and move through to a meeting with Daryl Gurney.
Former BDO star Martijn Kleermaker came from 5-3 down to snatch victory against debutant Arsen Ballaj, surviving seven missed match darts from the debutant qualifier.
Spain’s Jesus Noguera moves through to play Ian White following his 6-0 whitewash of a below-par Maik Kuivenhoven in Friday’s final First Round tie.
Friday October 23
Scott Marsh 5-6 Jason Lowe
Benito van de Pas 3-6 Andreas Harrysson
Simeon Heinz 2-6 Andy Hamilton
Mario Vandenbogaerde 1-6 Ross Smith
Franz Roetsch 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Michael Rosenauer 2-6 Ron Meulenkamp
Steve West 6-3 Toni Alcinas
Danny Noppert 6-1 Sebastian Pohl
Jamie Lewis 0-6 Robert Marijanovic
Tytus Kanik 1-6 Martin Schindler
Scott Baker 6-4 Michael Unterbuchner
Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Arsen Ballaj
Madars Razma 6-4 Kai Fan Leung
Max Hopp 6-1 Jelle Klaasen
Gabriel Clemens 6-1 Philipp Hagemann
Maik Kuivenhoven 0-6 Jesus Noguera