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Champion Part out in first round

John Part
Part won the PDC title in 2003 and the BDO world crown in 1994

Reigning champion John Part crashed out in the first round of his defence of the PDC World Darts Championship.

Canadian Part was beaten 3-0 by American Bill Davis in a shock defeat at Alexandra Palace on Friday.

Elsewhere Roland Scholten suffered a 3-2 defeat by Carlos Rodriguez, Co Stompe beat Andy Jenkins and Warren French beat Akihiro Nagakawa.

"I had a chance of a good run in this tournament but I never got going - I didn't get out of the gate," said Part.

"You can't afford to turn up and not be at your best. I was prepared but it's too hard to narrow it down to anything specific."

Number one seed Phil Taylor, the 13-time world champion, will take on Somerset qualifier Steve Grubb on Saturday.

Dutch second seed Raymond van Barneveld meets Newcastle's Mark Stephenson, and world number three James Wade takes on Northern Ireland's Brendan Dolan.

Kirk Shepherd, last year's surprise runner-up, has a tough task against Dutch left-hander Jan van der Rassel.

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Darts star ready to battle doubters

Former world number one Colin Lloyd meets 2006 Lakeside champion Jelle Klaasen in a repeat of their recent meeting in the first round of the European Championship.

Russian star Anastasia Dobromyslova, the current Lakeside women's world champion who has joined the PDC, meets Holland's Remco van Eijden in the preliminary round on Sunday, with the winner taking on Tony Eccles.

The Ladbrokes-sponsored PDC World Darts Championship runs until 4 January.


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) 5-3 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 (US)
Roland Scholten 16 (Ned) 2-3 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 1-3 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) 0-3 Bill Davis (US)
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
PDC World Championship draw
18 Dec 08 |  Darts
Darts results
12 Oct 00 |  Darts


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