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Daryl Gurney is among the local players going for World Championship glory at Alexandra Palace over the next few weeks (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Daryl Gurney is among the local players going for World Championship glory at Alexandra Palace over the next few weeks (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

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Daryl Gurney is among the local players going for World Championship glory at Alexandra Palace over the next few weeks (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

The William Hill PDC World Darts Championship gets under way today at Alexandra Palace and there are a host of local players going for glory this winter.

Derry man Daryl Gurney is the top ranked of those players and will start the tournament as the 22nd seed, but Fermanagh’s Brendan Dolan is only ranked one place behind him in 23rd, with both players entering at the second round.

Gurney will be one of the first local players up to the oche, taking on the winner of Ricky Evans and Nitin Kumar in his round two tie on Thursday afternoon, while Dolan has to wait until Thursday 23 December to get under way when he faces either Callan Rydz or Yuki Yamada.

There are three Irishmen in the draw, too, in Drogheda’s Keane Barry, Carlow’s Steve Lennon and Limerick’s William O’Connor, all three of whom enter in the first round.

Lennon is the first in action, facing Latvia’s Madars Razma on Thursday afternoon, with O’Connor taking on America’s Danny Lauby in the evening slate and Barry up against Royden Lam on Friday afternoon.

On paper, Barry has the toughest round two match-up if he beats Lam as he would take on eighth-seed Jonny Clayton on Sunday evening, with Lennon facing a similarly brutal encounter against Krzysztof Ratajski, the 12th seed, on Friday afternoon should he progress.

O’Connor’s reward for getting past Lauby would be a meeting with 24th seed Glen Durrant on the afternoon of Wednesday 22, so he, by the rankings at least, stands the best chance of the three first round entries of progressing to the post-Christmas draw.

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After the first two rounds are completed, the tournament will take a three-day break over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day before resuming on Monday 27 December.

The final is scheduled for Monday 3 January.

Thursday 16 December

Afternoon session (from 12:30pm)

R1: Steve Lennon v Madars Razma

R2: Daryl Gurney v Ricky Evans/Nitin Kumar

Evening session (from 7pm)

R1: William O’Connor v Danny Lauby

Friday 17 December

Morning session (from 12:30pm)

R1: Keane Barry v Royden Lam

R2: Krzysztof Ratajski v Lennon/Razma

Sunday 19 December

Evening session (from 7pm)

R2: Jonny Clayton v Barry/Lam

Wednesday 22 December

Afternoon session (from 12:30pm)

R2: Glen Durrant v O’Connor/Lauby

Thursday 23 December

Afternoon session (from 12:30pm)

R2: Brendan Dolan v Callan Rydz/Yuki Yamada

Third round: Monday 27 December – Wednesday 29 December

Fourth round: Wednesday 29 December – Thursday 30 December

Quarter-finals: Saturday 1 January

Semi-finals: Sunday 2 January

Final: Monday 3 January


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