The William Hill World Darts Championship is held across the Christmas and New Year period at London's Alexandra Palace.

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2017/2018 William Hill World Darts Championship
Schedule of Play
Preliminary & First Rounds
(P) denotes Preliminary Round
Thursday December 14 (7pm)
Steve Beaton v William O'Connor
James Wilson v Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael van Gerwen v Christian Kist
Gerwyn Price v Ted Evetts

Friday December 15 (7pm)
Seigo Asada v Gordon Mathers (P)
Stephen Bunting v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Phil Taylor v Chris Dobey
Rob Cross v Seigo Asada/Gordon Mathers

Saturday December 16
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

Brendan Dolan v Alan Ljubic (P)
Benito van de Pas v Steve West
Mervyn King v Zoran Lerchbacher
Robert Thornton v Brendan Dolan/Alan Ljubic

Evening Session (7pm)
Jeff Smith v Luke Humphries (P)
Joe Cullen v Jermaine Wattimena
Jelle Klaasen v Jan Dekker
Gary Anderson v Jeff Smith/Luke Humphries

Sunday December 17
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

Kenny Neyens v Jamie Lewis (P)
Alan Norris v Kim Viljanen
Kyle Anderson v Peter Jacques
Jonny Clayton v Kenny Neyens/Jamie Lewis

Evening Session (7pm)
Willard Bruguier v Cody Harris (P)
James Wade v Keegan Brown
Dave Chisnall v Vincent van der Voort
Ian White v Willard Bruguier/Cody Harris

Monday December 18 (7pm)
Kai Fan Leung v Paul Lim (P)
Mensur Suljovic v Kevin Painter
Daryl Gurney v Ronny Huybrechts
Mark Webster v Kai Fan Leung/Paul Lim

Tuesday December 19 (7pm)
Aleksandr Oreshkin v Kevin Munch (P)
John Henderson v Marko Kantele
Raymond van Barneveld v Richard North
Adrian Lewis v Aleksandr Oreshkin/Kevin Munch

Wednesday December 20 (7pm)
Xiao Chen Zong v Bernie Smith (P)
Michael Smith v Steve Lennon
Simon Whitlock v Martin Schindler
Justin Pipe v Xiao Chen Zong/Bernie Smith

Thursday December 21 (7pm)
Cristo Reyes v Toni Alcinas
Kim Huybrechts v James Richardson
Darren Webster v Devon Petersen
Peter Wright v Diogo Portela

Second Round
Friday December 22
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

Price/Evetts v White/Bruguier/Harris
Chisnall/Van der Voort v Beaton/O'Connor
Klaasen/Dekker v Bunting/Van den Bergh

Evening Session (7pm)
Suljovic/Painter v Thornton/Dolan/Ljubic
G Anderson/J Smith/Humphries v M Webster/Leung/Lim
Van Gerwen/Kist v Wilson/Ratajski

Saturday December 23
Afternoon Session (1pm)

Wade/Brown v King/Lerchbacher
M Smith/Lennon v Cross/Asada/Mathers
Van de Pas/West v Cullen/Wattimena

Evening Session (7pm)
Gurney/R Huybrechts v Henderson/Kantele
Taylor/Dobey v Pipe/Zong/Smith
Van Barneveld/North v K Anderson/Jacques

Wednesday December 27
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

Whitlock/Schindler v D Webster/Petersen
Norris/Viljanen v K Huybrechts/Richardson
A Lewis/Oreshkin/Munch v Reyes/Alcinas

Evening Session (7pm)
Wright/Portela v Clayton/Neyens/J Lewis
Third Round
2x Games TBC

Thursday December 28
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

3x Games TBC

Evening Session (7pm)
3x Games TBC

Quarter-Finals
Friday December 29
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

2x Games

Evening Session (7pm)
2x Games

Semi-Finals
Saturday December 30 (7.30pm)

Final
Monday January 1 (8pm)

Format
Preliminary Round - Best of three sets
First Round - Best of five sets
Second Round - Best of seven sets
Third Round - Best of seven sets
Quarter-Finals - Best of nine sets
Semi-Finals - Best of 11 sets
Final - Best of 13 sets
All sets are the best of five legs.
A tie-break would be in operation in all matches other than the Preliminary Round. Any match which goes to a deciding set must be won by two clear legs. If the score in the final set reaches 5-5, a sudden-death leg will be played.

The schedule of play for the third round onwards will be announced at www.pdc.tv.

Schedule of play correct at time of writing. Any changes will be notified as soon as possible at www.pdc.tv.

Draw Bracket
(1) Michael van Gerwen v Christian Kist
(32) James Wilson v Krzysztof Ratajski
(16) Gerwyn Price v Ted Evetts
(17) Ian White v Willard Bruguier/Cody Harris
(8) Dave Chisnall v Vincent van der Voort
(25) Steve Beaton v William O'Connor
(9) Raymond van Barneveld v Richard North
(24) Kyle Anderson v Peter Jacques
(5) Mensur Suljovic v Kevin Painter
(28) Robert Thornton v Alan Ljubic/Brendan Dolan
(12) Jelle Klaasen v Jan Dekker
(21) Stephen Bunting v Dimitri Van den Bergh
(4) Daryl Gurney v Ronny Huybrechts
(29) John Henderson v Marko Kantele
(13) Michael Smith v Steve Lennon
(20) Rob Cross v Seigo Asada/Gordon Mathers
(2) Peter Wright v Diogo Portela
(31) Jonny Clayton v Kenny Neyens/Jamie Lewis
(15) Alan Norris v Kim Viljanen
(18) Kim Huybrechts v James Richardson
(7) Adrian Lewis v Aleksandr Oreshkin/Kevin Munch
(26) Cristo Reyes v Toni Alcinas
(10) Simon Whitlock v Martin Schindler
(23) Darren Webster v Devon Petersen
(6) Phil Taylor v Chris Dobey
(27) Justin Pipe v Xiao Chen Zong/Bernie Smith
(11) James Wade v Keegan Brown
(22) Mervyn King v Zoran Lerchbacher
(3) Gary Anderson v Jeff Smith/Luke Humphries
(30) Mark Webster v Kai Fan Leung/Paul Lim
(14) Benito van de Pas v Steve West
(19) Joe Cullen v Jermaine Wattimena

Schedule of play TBC

International Qualifiers
Antonio Alcinas
(Spain) - Southern Europe Qualifier
Seigo Asada (Japan) - PDJ Japanese Qualifier
Willard Bruguier (USA) - North American Championship Winner
Brendan Dolan (Northern Ireland) - PDPA Qualifier Runner-Up
Ted Evetts (England) - PDPA Qualifier Winner
Cody Harris (New Zealand) - DPNZ Qualifier
Luke Humphries (England) - PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit Winner
Marko Kantele (Finland) - PDCNB Qualifier
Jamie Lewis (Wales) - PDPA Qualifier Third Place
Paul Lim (Singapore) - South & West Asia Qualifier
Alan Ljubic (Croatia) - East Europe Qualifier
Gordon Mathers (Australia) - DPA Order of Merit Winner
Kevin Munch (Germany) - German Qualifier
Kenny Neyens (Belgium) - Central Europe Qualifier
William O'Connor (Ireland) - Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay Champion
Aleksandr Oreshkin (Russia) - EADC Qualifier
Devon Petersen (South Africa) - Highest placed African on PDC Order of Merit
Diogo Portela (Brazil) - South & Central American Qualifier
Krzysztof Ratajski (Poland) - Highest placed Eastern European on PDC Order of Merit
Jeff Smith (Canada) - NDFC Number One
Kim Viljanen (Finland) - PDCNB Qualifier
Xiaochen Zong (China) - Chinese Qualifier

2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

UNSTOPPABLE VAN GERWEN CLAIMS SECOND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE TO DENY ANDERSON IN THRILLING FINAL

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN was crowned as William Hill World Darts Champion for the second time after winning a breath-taking final against Gary Anderson at London's Alexandra Palace on Monday. 

The pair shared  42 180s - a record for maximums hit in any match - in a sensational decider as Van Gerwen picked up his 26th and most prestigious title of the last 12 months with a stunning display, as he triumphed 7-3 to deny Anderson his third straight World Championship glory.

The Dutch star followed up his brilliant semi-final win against Raymond van Barneveld, in which he posted the highest ever average in a World Championship match, with another sublime performance, averaging 108.06 to clinch the Sid Waddell Trophy.

Anderson fired in 22 of the game's 180s to break the world record for maximums hit by an individual player but it wasn't enough to stop Van Gerwen claiming the £350,000 prize. 

The Scottish ace missed two darts to take a 3-1 lead before a crucial 86 checkout sparked a blistering run from Van Gerwen, which saw the number one seed take five sets in a row to take control, before going on to seal a memorable success.

"This feels absolutely phenomenal," said Van Gerwen, who also hit five finishes of over 100 in winning a classic final and ended the £1.65 million tournament with an overall average of 106.96

"I think it was a special game of darts for everyone who saw it. I'm a really happy man because I've worked so hard for this all year.

"Everyone wants this trophy and I'm really glad that it is me holding it - and to win it against Gary makes it even more special. He is a phenomenal player with a lot of class and I had to play like that to beat him.

"I've got great support from my wife, family and all the people around me and winning this means a lot to me. Everyone said that I would have to win a second World Championship to be one of the big boys. Well I've done it now and it means everything to me."

The first four sets of the final were shared, with each going to the full five-leg distance, but Anderson's two missed set darts in the fourth set, followed by Van Gerwen's 86 finish in the decider, proved to be pivotal moments in the contest.

Van Gerwen took the fifth set 3-0 and the sixth 3-1 as he embarked upon a dominant spell, adding 3-0 and 3-1 wins of sets seven and eight to close in on the title.

Anderson edged the following set 3-2, sealing it with an 81 checkout as the pair overtook the record of 180s scored in a match - which was set in Anderson's final victory over Adrian Lewis last year - but Van Gerwen refused to be denied and finished 85 on the bullseye in the deciding leg of the tenth set to seal glory.

Following two successive World Championship successes, Anderson scooped £160,000 as runner-up as the top two seeds contested the tournament finale for the first time since the 2009 decider between Phil Taylor and Van Barneveld.

"Michael deserves it this year," said Anderson, whose tournament 180 tally of 71 maximums was the most ever hit in a World Championship tournament.

"The year he has had has been brilliant and if anyone was going to beat me it was going to be him. We've both had a good tournament and it's been a fantastic one for everyone to watch."

The 2017 William Hill World Darts Championship also saw the record for total 180s hit broken comfortable, with 708 maximums being fired in to eclipse the previous best, which was set twelve months ago.

A crowd of 66,000 fans attended at Alexandra Palace, with Sky Sports' coverage being screened across over 100 countries worldwide.


William Hill World Darts Championship
Monday January 2
Final 

Michael van Gerwen (1) 7-3 Gary Anderson (2)

Final - Best of 13 sets


MATCH UPDATES 
Michael van Gerwen (1) 7-3 Gary Anderson (2)  
1-0 (3-2)
There was at least one 180 hit in every leg in the first set as Van Gerwen defied one from Anderson in the opener with a brilliant 122 finish on the bull. The Scotsman landed a second maximum as he took the second leg with an 11-darter on tops but Van Gerwen went back ahead by pinning double five. A third 180 helped Anderson level and the pair both hit maximums in the deciding leg, which the world number one took on double 18. 

1-1 (2-3)
All legs continued to go with the throw as Anderson hit double seven after Van Gerwen had added his third 180. The following leg was the first without a maximum score as the Dutchman tied up the set with a 116 finish. Anderson moved ahead, with another 180 on his tally, but van Gerwen pegged bull and double top to complete a 90 checkout. Anderson took the set though, winning a deciding leg in which both players hit 180s, by finishing 80.

1-2 (2-3)
Anderson got the first break of throw by taking out 52 but Van Gerwen replied with an 11-darter and then pinned double four to edge ahead. Anderson fired in a 12-darter, after van Gerwen had fired in seven perfect darts without getting a shot at winning the leg, and then punished his opponent for two missed set-darts by landing double 12 for a 13-darter to take the set.

2-2 (3-2)
A fourth consecutive set went all five legs as Anderson, who hit his eighth 180, landed tops after Van Gerwen had missed the bullseye for a 170 finish. The Dutchman's sixth maximum helped him level but his seventh 180 was in vain as Anderson pegged tops. Van Gerwen sank double eight to level and grabbed a crucial break by following his eighth 180 with an 86 finish on double seven. 

3-2 (3-0)
Anderson missed the bull to break and was severely punished as Van Gerwen took the next three legs to extend his winning run to five in a row, thanks to finishes of 94 and 65.

4-2 (3-1)
Anderson took the first leg with a 74 finish but an 11th 180 helped Van Gerwen level. He then broke by bedding double eight after Anderson had missed two darts to take the third leg, in which both players hit 180s. The Dutch ace then finished 6-4 to move two sets clear for the first time.

5-2 (3-0)
Van Gerwen hit his 13th 180 and landed double 16 before the pair had a maximum apiece in the second leg, as the number one seed produced an 11-darter to break. He then executed a brilliant 125 finish to move three sets clear and two from claiming the title.

6-2 (3-1)
Anderson landed double two in a scrappy first leg before Van Gerwen took out finishes of 76, 75 and 100 to move within a set of victory. 

6-3 (2-3)
Both players hit 180s in the first leg which Van Gerwen won on double three. Anderson nailed tops to level but missed a dart to break in the following leg as Van Gerwen pinned double two. The Scotsman hit yet another 180 and landed double eight before grabbing a set-winning 81 finish.

7-3 (3-2)
Anderson fired in a 19th 180 and took out 81 again but van Gerwen's 18th maximum, followed by an 87 finish, saw him level. Anderson landed tops before Van Gerwen took out 100 and the final leg saw both players hit 180s, taking the match tally to an incredible record-breaking 42, as Van Gerwen finished 85 on the bullseye to become World Champion for the second time.