2018 PDC World Darts Championship
The 2018/2019 tournament gets underway tonight.
And top of the bill is defending champion Rob Cross.
Cross won his first world title on New Year’s Day – defeating retiring legend Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.
And the Essex thrower will be eager for more success over the next fortnight as the PDC’s finest take to the Oche.
Cross’ defence could come under a stern test in the second round as he is likely to face Jeffrey de Zwaan – a man who has twice beaten Michael Van Gerwen this year.
The Kent thrower had to qualify for his place in last year’s tournament, so is not one to underestimate any player, but thinks he has enough to progress.
“I got a place at the Worlds last year and went on to win it which just goes to show you can’t take anything for granted,” he said.
“You have to go there and perform well and if you don’t anyone can bite you on the bum, they’re all there on merit.”
World Darts Championships LIVE results
Friday December 14
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Michael Barnard 3-2 Jose De Sousa (R1)
Alan Tabern 3-2 Raymond Smith (R1)
Paul Nicholson 0-3 Kevin Burness (R1)
Jamie Lewis 3-2 Cody Harris (R2)
Evening Session (7pm)
Danny Noppert 3-0 Royden Lam (R1)
Simon Stevenson v Ted Evetts (R1)
Chris Dobey v Boris Koltsov (R1)
Gary Anderson v Kevin Burness (R2)
Thursday December 13
Play starts 7.30pm
Best of 5 sets
Jeffrey de Zwaan 3-0 Nitin Kumar (R1)
Martin Schindler 2-3 Cody Harris (R1)
Jan Dekker 3-1 Lisa Ashton (R1)
Rob Cross 3-1 Jeffrey de Zwaan (R2)