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Van Gerwen to open William Hill World Darts Championship

Posted on by Tom Warrington

Michael van Gerwen will begin his defence of the William Hill World Darts Championship title on the opening night of this year’s tournament on Thursday December 14.

Reigning World Champion Van Gerwen will take on fellow Dutchman Christian Kist in the first round of the £1.8 million tournament, which is being held at London’s Alexandra Palace from December 14-January 1.

The opening night also features Steve Beaton taking on Irish debutant William O’Connor, James Wilson’s meeting with Polish ace Krzysztof Ratajski and Gerwyn Price up against youngster Ted Evetts, who won Monday’s PDPA Qualifier.

Legendary 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor will begin his final World Championship challenge on Friday December 15 against Chris Dobey.

Friday’s action also features Stephen Bunting’s meeting with new World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh, and Rob Cross making his World Championship debut against the winner of the preliminary round tie between Seigo Asada and Gordon Mathers.

The first double session of the event will be held on Saturday December 16, with the afternoon featuring Benito van de Pas up against Steve West, Mervyn King’s meeting with Zoran Lerchbacher and Robert Thornton taking on Alan Ljubic or Brendan Dolan.

Saturday’s evening session is headlined by two-time World Champion Gary Anderson’s clash with Jeff Smith or Luke Humphries, while Joe Cullen plays Jermaine Wattimena and Jelle Klaasen takes on Dutch rival Jan Dekker.

The afternoon session on Sunday December 17 includes Australia’s Kyle Anderson up against Peter Jacques, Alan Norris’ meeting with Kim Viljanen and Jonny Clayton taking on either Kenny Neyens or Jamie Lewis.

Sunday’s evening session sees three-time semi-finalist James Wade play Keegan Brown, while Dave Chisnall meets Vincent van der Voort and Ian White plays either Willard Bruguier or Cody Harris.

Fourth and fifth seeds Daryl Gurney and Mensur Suljovic enter the action on Monday December 18 against Ronny Huybrechts and Kevin Painter respectively, while Mark Webster will face either Kai Fan Leung or Paul Lim.

Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld plays Richard North on Tuesday December 19, when John Henderson meets Marko Kantele and two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis takes on either Aleksandr Oreshkin or Kevin Munch.

Former finalist Simon Whitlock meets German debutant Martin Schindler on Wednesday December 20, with Michael Smith playing Steve Lennon and Justin Pipe awaiting the winner of the preliminary round tie between Xiao Chen Zong and Bernie Smith.

The first round concludes on Thursday December 21 with the final four matches, headlined by number two seed Peter Wright’s meeting with Brazilian debutant Diogo Portela.

Spanish duo Cristo Reyes and Toni Alcinas face off on Thursday’s opening tie, before Kim Huybrechts plays James Richardson and Darren Webster meets South Africa’s Devon Petersen.

The second round begins on Friday December 22 with a double session, and a further two sessions will be held on Saturday December 23 ahead of the Christmas break.

The second round concludes on Wednesday December 27, with the third round split across Wednesday night and a double session on Thursday December 28.

The quarter-finals will be held on Friday December 29, with the semi-finals on Saturday December 30 ahead of the final on Monday January 1.

The William Hill World Darts Championship will be held from December 14 to January 1 at London’s Alexandra Palace, and will be broadcast live on the dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel.

For tickets, visit www.pdc.tv/tickets.

2017/2018 William Hill World Darts Championship

Schedule of Play

Preliminary & First Rounds

(P) denotes Preliminary Round

Thursday December 14 (7pm)

Steve Beaton v William O’Connor

James Wilson v Krzysztof Ratajski

Michael van Gerwen v Christian Kist

Gerwyn Price v Ted Evetts

Friday December 15 (7pm)

Seigo Asada v Gordon Mathers (P)

Stephen Bunting v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Phil Taylor v Chris Dobey

Rob Cross v Seigo Asada/Gordon Mathers

Saturday December 16

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

Alan Ljubic v Brendan Dolan (P)

Benito van de Pas v Steve West

Mervyn King v Zoran Lerchbacher

Robert Thornton v Alan Ljubic/Brendan Dolan

Evening Session (7pm)

Jeff Smith v Luke Humphries (P)

Joe Cullen v Jermaine Wattimena

Jelle Klaasen v Jan Dekker

Gary Anderson v Jeff Smith/Luke Humphries

Sunday December 17

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

Kenny Neyens v Jamie Lewis (P)

Alan Norris v Kim Viljanen

Kyle Anderson v Peter Jacques

Jonny Clayton v Kenny Neyens/Jamie Lewis

Evening Session (7pm)

Willard Bruguier v Cody Harris (P)

James Wade v Keegan Brown

Dave Chisnall v Vincent van der Voort

Ian White v Willard Bruguier/Cody Harris

Monday December 18 (7pm)

Kai Fan Leung v Paul Lim (P)

Mensur Suljovic v Kevin Painter

Daryl Gurney v Ronny Huybrechts

Mark Webster v Kai Fan Leung/Paul Lim

Tuesday December 19 (7pm)

Aleksandr Oreshkin v Kevin Munch (P)

John Henderson v Marko Kantele

Raymond van Barneveld v Richard North

Adrian Lewis v Aleksandr Oreshkin/Kevin Munch

Wednesday December 20 (7pm)

Xiao Chen Zong v Bernie Smith (P)

Michael Smith v Steve Lennon

Simon Whitlock v Martin Schindler

Justin Pipe v Xiao Chen Zong/Bernie Smith

Thursday December 21 (7pm)

Cristo Reyes v Toni Alcinas

Kim Huybrechts v James Richardson

Darren Webster v Devon Petersen

Peter Wright v Diogo Portela

Second Round

Friday December 22

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

Price/Evetts v White/Bruguier/Harris

Chisnall/Van der Voort v Beaton/O’Connor

Klaasen/Dekker v Bunting/Van den Bergh

Evening Session (7pm)

Suljovic/Painter v Thornton/Ljubic/Dolan

G Anderson/J Smith/Humphries v M Webster/Leung/Lim

Van Gerwen/Kist v Wilson/Ratajski

Saturday December 23

Afternoon Session (1pm)

Wade/Brown v King/Lerchbacher

M Smith/Lennon v Cross/Asada/Mathers

Van de Pas/West v Cullen/Wattimena

Evening Session (7pm)

Gurney/R Huybrechts v Henderson/Kantele

Taylor/Dobey v Pipe/Zong/Smith

Van Barneveld/North v K Anderson/Jacques

Wednesday December 27

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

Whitlock/Schindler v D Webster/Petersen

Norris/Viljanen v K Huybrechts/Richardson

A Lewis/Oreshkin/Munch v Reyes/Alcinas

Evening Session (7pm)

Wright/Portela v Clayton/Neyens/J Lewis

Third Round

2x Games TBC

Thursday December 28

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

3x Games TBC

Evening Session (7pm)

3x Games TBC

Quarter-Finals

Friday December 29

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

2x Games

Evening Session (7pm)

2x Games

Semi-Finals

Saturday December 30 (7.30pm)

Final

Monday January 1 (8pm)

William Hill Match Odds

Thursday December 14 (7pm)

1/2 Steve Beaton v 8/5 William O’Connor

Evs James Wilson v 4/5 Krzysztof Ratajski

1/50 Michael van Gerwen v 14/1 Christian Kist

2/5 Gerwyn Price v 19/10 Ted Evetts

Friday December 15 (7pm)

7/4 Seigo Asada v 4/9 Gordon Mathers (P)

4/6 Stephen Bunting v 6/5 Dimitri Van den Bergh

1/8 Phil Taylor v 5/1 Chris Dobey

Rob Cross v Seigo Asada/Gordon Mathers – Odds TBC

Saturday December 16

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

10/3 Alan Ljubic v 2/9 Brendan Dolan (P)

8/13 Benito van de Pas v 13/10 Steve West

1/4 Mervyn King v 3/1 Zoran Lerchbacher

Robert Thornton v Alan Ljubic/Brendan Dolan – Odds TBC

Evening Session (7pm)

8/15 Jeff Smith v 6/4 Luke Humphries (P)

2/5 Joe Cullen v 19/10 Jermaine Wattimena

2/5 Jelle Klaasen v 19/10 Jan Dekker

Gary Anderson v Jeff Smith/Luke Humphries – Odds TBC

Sunday December 17

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

21/10 Kenny Neyens v 4/11 Jamie Lewis (P)

2/9 Alan Norris v 10/3 Kim Viljanen

1/5 Kyle Anderson v 7/2 Peter Jacques

Jonny Clayton v Kenny Neyens/Jamie Lewis – Odds TBC

Evening Session (7pm)

7/4 Willard Bruguier v 4/9 Cody Harris (P)

1/5 James Wade v 7/2 Keegan Brown

1/3 Dave Chisnall v 12/5 Vincent van der Voort

Ian White v Willard Bruguier/Cody Harris – Odds TBC

Monday December 18 (7pm)

19/10 Kai Fan Leung v 2/5 Paul Lim (P)

1/6 Mensur Suljovic v 4/1 Kevin Painter

1/7 Daryl Gurney v 9/2 Ronny Huybrechts

Mark Webster v Kai Fan Leung/Paul Lim – Odds TBC

Tuesday December 19 (7pm)

4/5 Aleksandr Oreshkin v Evs Kevin Munch (P)

1/4 John Henderson v 3/1 Marko Kantele

1/6 Raymond van Barneveld v 4/1 Richard North

Adrian Lewis v Aleksandr Oreshkin/Kevin Munch – Odds TBC

Wednesday December 20 (7pm)

7/2 Xiao Chen Zong v 1/5 Bernie Smith (P)

2/5 Michael Smith v 19/10 Steve Lennon

2/7 Simon Whitlock v 13/5 Martin Schindler

Justin Pipe v Xiao Chen Zong/Bernie Smith – Odds TBC

Thursday December 21 (7pm)

1/4 Cristo Reyes v 3/1 Toni Alcinas

2/7 Kim Huybrechts v 13/5 James Richardson

1/4 Darren Webster v 3/1 Devon Petersen

1/20 Peter Wright v 9/1 Diogo Portela


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