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Defending champion Michael Smith, Fallon Sherrock, Michael van Gerwen and man of the second Luke Humphries study opponents; we’re again for the World Darts Championship from December 15, 2023 to January 3, 2024 – reside on Sky Sports activities

Final Up to date: 27/11/23 6:01pm

Michael Smith will start the defence of his World Darts Championship title in opposition to Kevin Doets or Stowe Buntz, whereas Fallon Sherrock must get previous Jermaine Wattimena earlier than a possible assembly with Martin Schindler.

Smith, who acquired his palms on the Sid Waddell Trophy for the primary time, beat Michael van Gerwen in a memorable last through which he received the ‘biggest leg of all-time’ as he landed a nine-darter after his opponent missed double 12 for an ideal leg.

The St Helens thrower is anticipated to headline the opening evening of Friday, December 15 – reside on Sky Sports activities Darts.

Three-time winner Michael van Gerwen, who has not received the title since 2019, will tackle Eire’s Keane Barry or Filipino thrower Reynaldo Rivera, whereas Gerwyn Value faces Connor Scutt or Krzysztof Kciuk.

There are such a lot of able to profitable. Joe Cullen, Nathan Aspinall, Chizzy (Dave Chisnall). These are all gamers who’re on the very, very quick record and then you definately’ve acquired Luke Littler and ‘Cool Hand’ Luke Humphries. He cannot do something incorrect. Littler is somebody within the draw you do not wish to mess with. He can flip you over and assume ‘that is what I do’. There are going to be gamers shall be enjoying for his or her profession.

Wayne Mardle on the World Championship draw

Luke Humphries, who has scooped a hat-trick of televised rating titles during the last seven weeks, has been drawn to face Lee Evans or Sandro Eric Sosing with two-time champion Peter Wright set to play the winner of Jim Williams and Norman Madhoo.

Fallon Sherrock, who made historical past in 2020 when she grew to become the primary girl to win a World Championship match, is again on the Palace for a fourth time and can face Wattimena within the first spherical, with German star Schindler ready within the second spherical.

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Wayne Mardle breaks down the World Darts Championship draw and picks out the robust video games for the seeded gamers

Wayne Mardle breaks down the World Darts Championship draw and picks out the robust video games for the seeded gamers

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Check out how the world watched on as Michael Smith hit a nine-darter within the 2023 World Championship Remaining and Wayne Mardle misplaced his voice!

Check out how the world watched on as Michael Smith hit a nine-darter within the 2023 World Championship Remaining and Wayne Mardle misplaced his voice!

World Darts Championship Draw

First quarter
(1) Michael Smith vs Kevin Doets or Stowe Buntz
(32) Madars Razma vs Mike De Decker or Dragutin Horvat
(16) Ross Smith vs Niels Zonneveld or Darren Webster
(17) Chris Dobey vs William O’Connor or Bhav Patel
(8) Rob Cross vs Mario Vandenbogaerde or Thibault Tricole
(25) Jose de Sousa vs Richie Edhouse or Jeffrey De Graaf
(9) Jonny Clayton vs Steve Lennon or Owen Bates
(24) Krzysztof Ratajski vs Jamie Hughes or David Cameron

Second quarter
(4) Peter Wright vs Jim Williams or Norman Madhoo
(29) Raymond van Barneveld vs Radek Szaganski or Marko Kantele
(13) James Wade vs Matt Campbell or Lourence Ilagan
(20) Andrew Gilding vs Christian Kist or Luke Littler
(5) Gerwyn Value vs Connor Scutt or Krzysztof Kciuk
(28) Brendan Dolan vs Mickey Mansell or Xiaochen Zong
(12) Dirk van Duijvenbode vs Keegan Brown or Boris Krcmar
(21) Gary Anderson vs Simon Whitlock or Paolo Nebrida

Third quarter
(2) Michael van Gerwen vs Keane Barry or Reynaldo Rivera
(31) Kim Huybrechts vs Richard Veenstra or Ben Robb
(15) Dimitri van den Bergh vs Dylan Slevin or Florian Hempel
(18) Stephen Bunting vs Ryan Joyce or Alex Spellman
(7) Danny Noppert vs Scott Williams or Haruki Muramatsu
(26) Martin Schindler vs Jermaine Wattimena or Fallon Sherrock
(10) Damon Heta vs Martin Lukeman or Haupai Puha
(23) Josh Rock vs Luke Woodhouse or Berry Van Peer

Fourth quarter
(3) Luke Humphries vs Lee Evans or Sandro Eric Sosing
(30) Callan Rydz vs Ricardo Pietreczko or Mikuru Suzuki
(14) Joe Cullen vs Jules van Dongen or Darren Penhall
(19) Ryan Searle vs Ian White or Tomoya Goto
(6) Nathan Aspinall vs Ricky Evans or Simon Adams
(27) Daryl Gurney vs Steve Beaton or Wessel Nijman
(11) Dave Chisnall vs Cameron Menzies or Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
(22) Gabriel Clemens vs Gian Van Veen or Man Lok Leung

The schedule of play shall be confirmed in the end.

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Mardle additionally picks out the names he believes may carry out nicely on the World Darts Championship, and provides that some gamers shall be enjoying for his or her careers

Mardle additionally picks out the names he believes may carry out nicely on the World Darts Championship, and provides that some gamers shall be enjoying for his or her careers

When is the World Darts Championship?

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The World Darts Championship begins on Friday, December 15 – reside on Sky Sports activities!

The World Darts Championship begins on Friday, December 15 – reside on Sky Sports activities!

The game’s greatest occasion shall be held from December 15, 2023 to January 3, 2024 as 96 gamers compete for the Sid Waddell Trophy and £2.5m in prize cash at Alexandra Palace.

You’ll be able to watch all of the motion reside on our devoted Sky Sports activities Darts channel.

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