This afternoon took on Cristo Reyes in the first round of the European Darts Trophy in Mülheim, Josh won the bull backstage and threw first in the match.
Josh Payne 0-1 Cristo Reyes
Josh kicked off the match with a 140, didnt turn out to be a great leg from neither player as Josh left tops after 18 darts but Reyes took out 84 to take the lead.
Josh Payne 0-2 Cristo Reyes
Josh struggled to get going in the second leg and Reyes took out D16 for a 17 darter with Josh not on a finish.
Josh Payne 1-2 Cristo Reyes
The third leg was a lot better and Josh took out a big 120 finish for a 15 darter to get his first leg on the board.
Josh Payne 2-2 Cristo Reyes
Josh kicked off the fourth leg with a 140 followed by a maximum, getting down to 81 after just three visits to the board and Josh took out D6 for a 13 dart leg to break the Reyes throw and level the match at 2-2.
Josh Payne 2-3 Cristo Reyes
In the fifth leg Reyes broke Josh straight back after taking out 80 for a 15 dart leg with Josh not on a finish.
Josh Payne 2-4 Cristo Reyes
Both players had a steady leg in the sixth leg with Josh losing out after Reyes hitting D8 to move 4-2 after Josh just missing out on a 138 finish.
Josh Payne 3-4 Cristo Reyes
Josh had a much better leg in the seventh leg taking out 77 for a 14 dart leg to close the gap to 4-3.
Josh Payne 4-4 Cristo Reyes
Josh levelled the match at 4-4 in leg eight after Reyes missed five darts to go 5-3 up as Josh took out D4 to level the contest.
Josh Payne 5-4 Cristo Reyes
Josh kicked off the ninth leg with a 140, leaving a finish after 12 darts setting up tops as Reyes missed two darts to move ahead and Josh took out D10 for a 17 dart leg to move 5-4 ahead just one leg from victory.
Josh Payne 6-4 Cristo Reyes
Josh hit back to back 140s followed by a 131 to leave D16 in which he took out with his first dart for a 13 dart leg to take the match 6-4 and set up a second round clash with the number eight seed Benito van de Pas.