The 2017 World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney is out of this year's competition after a 2-0 loss to Stephen Bunting.

At the event, held in Leicester rather than Dublin for the second consecutive year due to Covid-19 restrictions, Derryman Gurney took the first leg before being pegged back to lose the first set 3-1. That was the score in set two as well as Bunting finished with a scoring average of 99.05.

James Wade produced a brilliant bullseye finish to reach the second round. Two-time champion Wade checked out on 121 to beat Australian Damon Heta in a sudden death decider.

Heta surged into a 2-0 lead in the first set and hit a second 180 in the third leg.

But missed doubles cost him dear and number four seed Wade rattled off three legs to take the set.

Heta levelled to take the match into a third set decider and it went all the way before Wade won the fifth leg in the most dramatic fashion.

Reigning champion Gerwyn Price became only the sixth player in the 23-year history of the World Grand Prix to average over 100 during his first-round win over Michael Smith.

Welshman Price averaged 100.82 in the annual double-start tournament at the Morningside Arena in Leicester.

The world number one hit six 180s in nine legs and checked out on 81 after Smith had missed three doubles to force a deciding set.

"I think I played pretty well, Michael didn't play too bad either, but I was pretty consistent," world champion Price told Sky Sports after his 2-0 win.

Ross Smith marked his first Grand Prix appearance with a 2-0 victory over fellow Englishman Joe Cullen.

"I've had a lot of mates who've helped me out with the practice side of it," Smith said.

"They've kept me on the dartboard in the last three or four weeks, so I have to thank my mates for that."

Dave Chisnall beat Mensur Suljovic 2-1 and Luke Humphries overcame Dirk Van Duijvenbode 2-0. Mervyn King beat Martijn Kleermaker 2-0.