Tasty openers for Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals

Corey Cadby will take on Jelle Klaasen in the first round of the Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals tonight, as Adrian Lewis faces Max Hopp in Glasgow.

The season-ending World Series of Darts Finals will see a 24-player field competing from November 3-5 at the Braehead Arena, competing live on ITV4 for £250,000 in prize money.

The top eight competing players from the 2017 World Series Order of Merit – headed by Scotland’s Gary Anderson and reigning champion Michael van Gerwen – are seeded through to Saturday’s second round in Glasgow.

However, Friday’s opening night will see a series of intriguing clashes following the tournament draw, which was made in Glasgow on Thursday evening by Ladbrokes Premiership footballers Mark Burchill and Kris Boyd.

Auckland Darts Masters finalist Corey Cadby, the reigning World Youth Champion, will face Dutchman Jelle Klaasen in arguably the tie of the round, although two-time World Champion’s meeting with German ace Max Hopp is also set to excite.

Last weekend’s European Championship finalist Rob Cross has been drawn with in-form Welshman Jonny Clayton, who won his maiden ranking title last month, while Premier League ace Dave Chisnall meets three-time TV semi-finalist Justin Pipe.

September’s Champions League of Darts winner Mensur Suljovic has drawn emerging star Chris Dobey, while former World Youth Champion Michael Smith takes on Belgian youngster Dimitri Van den Bergh.

September’s World Grand Prix finalist Simon Whitlock comes up against former Lakeside Champion Mark Webster, while Dutchman Jan Dekker takes on Plymouth’s Simon Stevenson.

Top seed Gary Anderson – who won the World Series events in Dubai and Perth earlier in 2017 – will face either Dobey or Suljovic in Saturday’s second round.

World Champion Michael van Gerwen will play either Hopp or Lewis, while Scottish ace Peter Wright – the German Darts Masters winner – comes up against either Pipe or Chisnall.

Auckland Darts Masters champion Kyle Anderson plays either Clayton or Cross, five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld meets Smith or Van den Bergh and James Wade faces Stevenson or Dekker.

World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney takes on either Webster or Whitlock, with UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price set to meet Cadby or Klaasen.

2017 Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals
Tournament Draw Bracket (Second Round Draw)
Gary Anderson (1) v Chris Dobey/Mensur Suljovic
Gerwyn Price (8) v Corey Cadby/Jelle Klaasen
James Wade (5) v Simon Stevenson/Jan Dekker
Raymond van Barneveld (4) v Michael Smith/Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen (2) v Max Hopp/Adrian Lewis
Kyle Anderson (7) v Jonny Clayton/Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney (6) v Mark Webster/Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright (3) v Justin Pipe/Dave Chisnall

Schedule of Play
Friday November 3 (7pm)
First Round x8
Simon Stevenson v Jan Dekker
Justin Pipe v Dave Chisnall
Max Hopp v Adrian Lewis
Michael Smith v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Corey Cadby v Jelle Klaasen
Mark Webster v Simon Whitlock
Chris Dobey v Mensur Suljovic
Jonny Clayton v Rob Cross

Saturday November 4 (7pm)
Second Round x8
Schedule to be confirmed

Sunday November 5
Afternoon Session (12.45pm)

Evening Session (7pm)

First Round: Best of 11 legs
Second Round: Best of 11 legs
Quarter-Finals: Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals: Best of 21 legs
Final: Best of 21 legs

Prize Fund
Winner: £50,000
Runner-Up: £25,000
Semi-Finalists: £16,500
Quarter-Finalists: £12,500
Second Round Losers: £7,500
First Round Losers: £4,000
Total: £250,000

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