Michael van Gerwen was made to dig deep and find a few of his best ending to prevent a scare against Jamie Hughes about the World Grand Prixs opening night.
Having maintained his fourth title Van Gerwen is expecting to defend the name and despite being far from his best he was able to find a way to conquer debutant Hughes.
A from MvG gave a 2-1 lead but Hughes hit back in style settling into his stride to shoot the following two legs to him.
When Van Gerwen missed three darts to its opener, Hughes stepped into depart the world looking at a second exit in 3 years.
However when he had to the Dutchman discovered his absolute best, he was given the next set and parity before punishing Hughes whod two darts in the next for a 2-0 lead in the contest by a 108 ending.
Together with his opponent continuing to fritter away his chances, Van Gerwen awakened to snare 135 around the bullseye and move within a leg of the game which he duly gobbled up.
Next up is fellow Dutchman Jeffrey Zwaan, the Dutchman was good at the Grand Prix with made his debut in 35, for an Steve Beaton who was making his 16th appearance.
De Zwaan won five of the six legs to coast into a showdown with the world last 28, No 1, whom he beat at a Matchplay thriller.
Anderson eases into second round
Gary Anderson kicked off his bid for a Grand Prix crown using a victory against Keegan Brown, who was left to rue missed chances.
The Flying Scotsman using reached the final before hes eager to add another brand new trophy and is currently looking to complete the season on a high having had the early months of this campaign.
The Scot coasted into the first set and despite facing a battle in the second he managed to shoot the chances that came his way, pinning half his 15 effort at double compared to Brown who missed 15 darts to claim a leg.
Chris Dobey is very likely to provide a rest that is more rapid when their World Championship showdown nearly 12 months ago is anything to go by. Hollywood appreciated a superb introduction, bouncing back from dropping the opening leg against Ricky Evans to get a comfortable 2-0 victory.
A match that saw both players begin in style never truly caught fire as an astonishing Dobey won five of their next six legs to capture a classy triumph and abandonQuick Ricky searching for a win in the Grand Prix.
Bully Boy following titanic tussle
Michael Smith hasnt been beyond the second round along with his effort to acquire a first title survived a huge scare.
Bully Boy, beaten in World Championship, Premier League and World Matchplay finals over the previous 18 weeks, was slowing down the barrel with a surprise depart contrary to the 2017 runner-up before edging a last leg shoot-out.
Smith trailed 2-1 in the second set before locating his very best shape thanks to some finish that set him into a degree competition on the road.
The Wizard fought back although with Whitlock beginning to flounder, Smith was assisted by an better 155 to an early lead and with seen Bully Boy miss two darts for the match.
After winning a match against Joe Cullen, coming to record a win and a place in the last 41, smith friend and practice partner Ian White will provide another resistance.
If he reeled off five straight legs to stand on the brink of a surprise win cullen had been walloped 10-0 by White in the World Matchplay this year but seemed to have made amends.
But having stopped the rot White maintained five to level the match at one set all and endure within a leg of victory himself.
There was still time for drama however as White overlooked eight darts to secure the success, simply to see Cullen miss himself to darts to remain alive and Diamond pinned at the ninth time of requesting.
Wade survives Hendo evaluation
James Wade underlined his credentials as a competitor for a different major title with a 2-1 victory triumph to put his Grand Prix conflicts behind him.
Even the 2007 and 2010 winner has dropped in the first round in each of the previous four years, actually since beating Gary Anderson in the 2014 semi-final he is without a win at the tournament but he came through a first rounder on opening night.
Without missing a dart at a double against Hendo whod ended the reign of MvG here two decades back, wade grabbed a great 142 check-out on his solution to the group.
And the Scot served note of another shock when he edged a set before Wade shut the competition with a classy set that put a date with Mervyn King who produced a battling display out World Youth winner Dimitri Van den Bergh
Having overlooked a dart to the opening set, King allowed Van den Bergh to level at 2-2 and then pinch the end result with a dazzling 105 end to follow his 112.
King matched The Dreammakers 112 on his way to taking the set and then saved his best for when the Belgian had been 2-0 ahead.
A 13-darter out of 2012 King that was runner-up kept the game alive after which a 133 end setup the decider where The King prevailed.
The Darts Show podcast group are in Dublin for the week also will soon be taking you behind the scenes using a lot of guests and a flavour of all the action.
Wayne Mardle, Colin Lloyd and Mark Webster will likely be part of our coverage and youll be able to catch up with a recap of the nights activity and a look at whats to come.
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