Cross to face De Zwaan or Kumar in second round of the William Hill PDC World Darts Championship

Defending champion Rob Cross to face Jeffrey De Zwaan or Nitin Kumar in the second round of the William Hill PDC World Darts Championship

  • He claimed the £400,000 prize by beating Phil Taylor in the final last year
  • Cross was the first player to win the competition on their maiden attempt
  • First round will see 32 Order of Merit qualifiers face 32 international qualifiers 

Press Association

Defending champion Rob Cross will take on Jeffrey De Zwaan or Nitin Kumar in the second round of the William Hill PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Cross, who is second seed in this year’s event, denied the retiring Phil Taylor a fairytale finish to his illustrious career with a 7-2 victory in January’s final to win the become the first player to win the competition on their maiden attempt.

It capped off a superb turnaround for the former electrician, who did not have a tour card at the start of 2017, to claim the winner’s prize of £400,000 following a stunning performance against the 16-time world champion.

Rob Cross claimed the £400,000 prize by beating Phil Taylor in the final last year

Rob Cross claimed the £400,000 prize by beating Phil Taylor in the final last year

The draw for this year’s event has had a shake-up as the top 32 seeded players will enter in the second round.

The first round will see 32 ProTour Order of Merit qualifiers take on 32 international qualifiers, with four-time women’s British Darts Organisation world champion Lisa Ashton and three-time women’s world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova included in the latter half of the draw.

Ashton could have a potential second round tie with former semi-finalist Mervyn King, if she can get past Holland’s Jan Dekker, while Russian Dobromyslova will take on Ryan Joyce in the first round, with eighth seed Simon Whitlock awaiting the victor in the last 64.

Two-time world champion and number one seed Michael Van Gerwen takes on Alan Tabern or Raymond Smith in the second round, while fourth seed and two-time PDC world champion Gary Anderson will face either Paul Nicholson or Kevin Burness.

Gerwyn Price, who sealed Wales’ first major PDC win at the Grand Slam of Darts earlier this month, will face Nathan Aspinall or Geert Nentjes, while third seed Peter Wright plays Spain’s Toni Alcinas or Craig Ross.

Raymond Van Barneveld, who will retire after the 2020 World Darts Championship, takes on Matthew Edgar or Darius Labanauskas in his penultimate outing at Alexandra Palace.

 


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