ADRIAN LEWIS begins his defence of the 888.com European Championship title against Jelle Klaasen on Friday, as Michael van Gerwen bids for glory in a third successive weekend on the PDC circuit in the ITV4-televised event in Germany. World number three Lewis defeated 2012 champion Simon Whitlock 11-6 as he won his first European Championship title at the RWE Sporthalle in Muelheim last July.
This year’s three-day event kicks off on Friday when the 32 players compete in the first round in Germany, with Lewis kicking off his challenge against Holland’s Jelle Klaasen, a former semi-finalist.
The £250,000 tournament, featuring an increased prize fund this year, will be televised live on ITV4 from the RWE Sporthalle in Muelheim, Germany. A small number of tickets are still available via www.pdc-europe.tv.
UPDATE: So Barney said on Twitter there’s something new/different tonight.. and then on ITV4 they seem to think he may be wearing glasses for the first time on TV. so will it be a flop like Taylor or just what the doctor ordered?
Friday October 24
Afternoon Session (1.45pm-6pm local time, 12.45pm-5pm UK)
Wes Newton (85.74) 1-6 (98.72) Ian White
Vincent van der Voort (101.09) 6-2 Robert Wagner (100.59)
Rowby-John Rodriguez (93.53) 2-6 (91.36) Robert Thornton
Jamie Caven (95.03) 6-2 (91.41) Mensur Suljovic
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Michael Smith
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Jyhan Artut
Dean Winstanley (91.41) 5-6 (88.23) Kim Huybrechts
Christian Kist 5-6 Mervyn King
Evening Session (8pm-12am local time, 7pm-11pm UK)
Peter Wright 6-5 Benito van de Pas
Andy Hamilton 1-6 Stephen Bunting
Gary Anderson 5-6 Terry Jenkins
James Wade 4-6 Ronny Huybrechts
Adrian Lewis 4-6 Jelle Klaasen
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Justin Pipe
Phil Taylor 6-2 Steve Beaton
Simon Whitlock 4-6 Raymond van Barneveld