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Taylor to start against qualifier

Phil Taylor
Taylor is a 13-time world champion

World number one Phil Taylor will meet Somerset qualifier Steve Grubb in the PDC World Championship first round.

Defending champion John Part will take on American Bill Davies while last year's runner-up Kirk Shepherd will meet Jan van der Rassel.

Aldershot's James Wade meets Northern Ireland's Brendan Doolan and Ledbury's Terry Jenkins will play Dennis Smith.

The tournament begins at the Alexandra Palace in London on 19 December with the final taking place on 4 January.

World number two and former Lakeside World Champion Raymond van Barneveld will take on Newcastle's Mark Stephenson.

Meanwhile Stoke pair Adrian Lewis and Andy Hamilton meet Russell Stewart and Michael Barnard respectively.


Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Draw
Numbers denote seeds, English unless stated

Preliminary Round

Hannes Schnier (Aut) v Shi Yongsheng (Chn)
David Fatum (USA) v Shane O'Connor (Ire)
Warren French (NZ) v Akihiro Nagakawa (Jap)
Marko Kantele (Fin) v Lourence Ilagan (Phi)
Charles Losper (SA) v Sudesh Fitzgerald (Guy)
Remco van Eijden (Ned) v Anastasia Dobromyslova (Rus)

First Round

Phil Taylor 1 v Steve Grubb
Michael van Gerwen 32 (Ned) v Darin Young (USA)
Roland Scholten 16 (Ned) v Carlos Rodriguez (Spa)
Kevin Painter 17 v Matt Clark
Wayne Mardle 8 v Fatum/O'Connor
Wayne Jones 25 v Robert Thornton (Sco)
Alan Tabern 9 v Steve Beaton
Andy Jenkins 24 v Co Stompe (Ned)
Terry Jenkins 5 v Dennis Smith
Alex Roy 28 v Kevin McDine
Mervyn King 12 v Schnier/Yongsheng
Mark Walsh 21 v Jamie Caven
John Part 4 (Can) v Bill Davis (USA)
Barrie Bates 29 (Wal) v Felix McBrearty (NI)
Peter Manley 13 v Mensur Suljovic (Aut)
Mark Dudbridge 20 v Nick Fullwell
Raymond van Barneveld 2 (Ned) v Mark Stephenson
Wes Newton 31 v Per Laursen (Den)
Ronnie Baxter 15 v Kantele/Ilagan
Denis Ovens 18 v Steve Maish
Andy Hamilton 7 v Michael Barnard
Andy Smith 26 v Tony Ayres
Colin Lloyd 10 v Jelle Klaasen (Ned)
Kirk Shepherd 23 v Jan van der Rassel (Ned)
Adrian Lewis 6 v Russell Stewart (Aus)
Adrian Gray 27 v Paul Nicholson (Aus)
Dennis Priestley 11 v French/Nagakawa
Chris Mason 22 v John MaGowan (NI)
James Wade 3 v Brendan Dolan (NI)
Tony Eccles 30 v van Eijden/Dobromyslova
Colin Osborne 14 v Losper/Fitzgerald
Vincent van der Voort 19 (Ned) v Nandor Bezzeg (Hun)

see also
Darts results
12 Oct 00 |  Darts
Lakeside World Darts photos
13 Jan 08 |  Darts


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