The live darts action continues this weekend, as the likes of Rob Cross and Kyle Anderson enter the fray at the PDC Tour group stage. 

With 16 more players set to take to the oche from Thursday to Sunday, we preview the announced groups.

Cross to qualify from group 21

Former world champion Rob Cross is the headline name in Thursday’s Group 21 action. The world number four will look to join the likes of Glen Durrant and Nathan Aspinall in the next round as he takes on William Borland, PDC debutant Derk Telnekes and former two-time world youth champion Dimitri Van den Bergh.

Cross has had a mixed 2020 so far, sitting down in 8th place in the Premier League standings, with just a singular win from his six fixtures and he’ll need to hit top gear if he wants to avoid joining Peter Wright and Gerywn Price amongst the big names to have fallen at the first hurdle.

White to come out on top on Friday

Ian White, Danny Noppert, James Wilson and Jesus Noguera make up the line-up for Friday’s Group 22. White reached the semi-final of last year’s Players Championship to go along with several major quarter-final appearances and is currently ranked world number 11.

His biggest challenge may come from former Lakeside runner-up Noppert, who himself is a former Players Championship semi-finalist. Englishman Wilson, himself an ex-World Grand Prix quarter-finalist, and Spain’s Noguera, a two-time winner on last year’s Challenge Tour, make up the rest of the field on Friday evening.

White, though, should have enough to see off his competitors and advance.

Anderson in action on Saturday

Australian Kyle Anderson returns to the oche on Saturday night as the standout contender in Group 23. The former Auckland Darts Master winner will be hoping to follow fellow countryman Damon Heta into the next round.

Also heading up Saturday’s action is German star Martin Schindler, Swede Daniel Larsson and Holland’s latest internet sensation Dirk van Duijvenbode in a truly international field. Dutchman Van Duijvenbode is arguably the in-form player, having averaged an impressive 95.6 in the 2020 UK Open, and could be the man worth backing here.

Tight affair in Group 24

Polish number one Krzysztof Ratajski headlines Sunday’s action in what is set to be a closely-fought Group 24. The world number 18 is a former World Masters winner and has represented his country in the World Cup of Darts on several occasions.

‘The Samurai’, Toni Alcinas, former World Masters semi-finalist Jamie Hughes and former WDF world number one Darius Labanauskas make up the rest of the field on Sunday evening. It’s set to be a tight group, but Ratajski’s experience should see him edge through.

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