Gerwyn Price began his bid to retain the International Darts Open title in Riesa with a brilliant second round victory on Saturday.
The Welshman took victory in last year's PDC European Tour event at the Sachsenarena, and opened his challenge in this year's event with a superb 6-4 comeback win over birthday boy Kyle Anderson.
The Australian led 3-2 after landing finishes of 133 and 120 either side of an 11-darter, but Price took four of the next five as he progressed - with all six winning legs between 12 and 14 darts as he averaged over 106.
Price now plays Joe Murnan in the third round on Sunday afternoon, after the qualifier overcame Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3, landing a 161 finish as he moved into the last 16 of a European Tour event for the first time in three years.
Last weekend's European Darts Matchplay champion, Joe Cullen, survived a scare against Belgian qualifier Davy Van Baelen before edging through with a 6-5 success.
Van Baelen had starred with a whitewash of Ole Luckow in the first round, and came from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 and 5-4 before Cullen took out a show-stopping 132 checkout in leg ten and then won the decider with a 78 finish.
"Davy was unbelievable yesterday so I knew I had my hands full," said Cullen. "He kept sticking in there and I was chasing him all through the game, even though I thought I was the better player."
Cullen's third round opponent will be Rob Cross, who averaged almost 102 in a dominant 6-1 victory over John Henderson on Saturday.
German Darts Championship winner Daryl Gurney also remains in the hunt for a second £25,000 European Tour title of the year after coming from 5-3 down to edge out Danny Noppert, who missed three match darts in the penultimate leg.
Steve Beaton landed six doubles from 11 attempts as he came from 3-0 down against Luke Woodhouse to progress to face Gurney in the last 16 with a 6-4 win.
Recent Austrian Darts Championship winner Mensur Suljovic was in clinical mood as he whitewashed Harry Ward 6-0, averaging 101 as he moved into the last 16 in under 13 minutes.
Top seed Ian White, though, crashed out as he paid the price for four missed match darts against Richard North, who hit back from 5-3 down to claim victory.
North's third round opponent is Steve West, who made a brilliant comeback from 2-0 down against Jamie Hughes to claim a 6-3 win, finishing six doubles from ten attempts and wrapping up victory with an 11-darter.
Jonny Clayton had to come from 3-0 down against Germany's Steffen Siepmann before claiming a 6-4 victory, and he now plays Adrian Lewis after the two-time World Champion saw off Irish ace William O'Connor by the same scoreline after coming from 3-1 down.
UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall averaged almost 100 and finished 6/10 doubles as he defeated Justin Pipe 6-3 to set up a third round tie with Ricky Evans.
Evans' finishing proved even more clinical as he landed six doubles from nine attempts to defeat World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4.
German hopes in the event will rest on the shoulders of Michael Rosenauer going into Sunday's final stages, after the Host Nation Qualifier landed six doubles from nine attempts in a 6-3 win over Krzysztof Ratajski.
Rosenauer's third round opponent will be Glen Durrant, after the Lakeside Champion proved too strong for James Richardson in a 6-3 victory.
The International Darts Open concludes on Sunday, with the third round in the afternoon session and the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening session in Riesa.
European Darts Matchplay: Saturday results & Sunday schedule
Saturday September 7
- Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Justin Pipe
- Michael Rosenauer 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
- Glen Durrant 6-3 James Richardson
- Rob Cross 6-1 John Henderson
- Adrian Lewis 6-4 William O'Connor
- Daryl Gurney 6-5 Danny Noppert
- Steve Beaton 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
- Gerwyn Price 6-4 Kyle Anderson
- Ricky Evans 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
- Steve West 6-3 Jamie Hughes
- Jonny Clayton 6-4 Steffan Siepmann
- Joe Murnan 6-3 Jeffrey de Zwaan
- Joe Cullen 6-5 Davy van Baelen
- Richard North 6-5 Ian White
- Mensur Suljovic 6-0 Harry Ward
- Peter Wright 6-4 Ritchie Edhouse
Sunday September 8
Afternoon Session (1200 BST)
Third Round (Best of 11 legs)
- Daryl Gurney v Steve Beaton
- Michael Rosenauer v Glen Durrant
- Nathan Aspinall v Ricky Evans
- Gerwyn Price v Joe Murnan
- Peter Wright v Mensur Suljovic
- Adrian Lewis v Jonny Clayton
- Joe Cullen v Rob Cross
- Richard North v Steve West
Evening Session (1815 BST)
Quarter-finals (Best of 11 legs)
- Four matches in draw bracket order
Semi-finals (Best of 13 legs)
- Two matches in draw bracket order
Final (Best of 15 legs)
- Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2