Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith came out victorious against Czech Karel Sedláček 6-4 on legs in  a cagey affair in the first round of the European Championships.

Despite struggling to regularly hit the high scores he’s capable of, Smith still managed a 94.01 average with two 180s, nine 140+ scores and a 46.2% checkout rate.

The St Helens thrower started the match off slowly, failing to hit a treble until his fifth dart. Bully Boy’s inconsistent start to the match resulted in him losing the first leg despite it being on his throw.

However, his treble-hitting improved in the second leg ultimately leading to him levelling the match with a 76 checkout.

Sedláček, making his debut at the European Championships, took the next two legs with a 66 checkout followed by an impressive 110 to give him a 1-3 lead.

Smith then hit two 140s on his way to winning the fifth leg. Checking out with a 66 score, Smith pulled it back to 2-3.

From here, Bully Boy began to hit 100+ scores on a more regular basis. Winning leg six with 13 darts, Smith levelled the score at 3-3 with Sedláček still having 126 remaining.

In leg seven, Smith missed two darts at double eight to win the leg. Sedláček showed some profligacy with his double hitting as he missed three darts at double 12.  Smith then failed to hit double eight again, instead hitting single eight, before pinning double four to win the leg and give him the lead.

Sedláček took the next leg to level the game up before Smith came out victorious in legs nine and 10 to win the match 6-4

Smith will now face the inform 21-year-old Josh Rock on Saturday, who beat Grand Prix finalist Nathan “The Asp” Aspinall in his opening match.