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Anderson bids for first Matchplay crown

Posted by Unicorn at 22:46 on 11th July 2017 in Unicorn Darts News

Anderson bids for first Matchplay crown

Gary Anderson will start his quest for World Matchplay glory in Blackpool against Dutchman Christian Kist.

The Unicorn man is desperate to lift the trophy at the Winter Gardens. Last year he reached the semi-finals and is again seeded No.2 as he prepares to take on qualifier Kist.

"It is arguably the toughest field ever assembled in Blackpool. I know I will have to perform consistently but if I can do that, there is no reason why I shouldn't have a good run." Anderson said.

The draw was conducted by darting legends Rod Harrington and Peter Manley at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas - the venue for the US Darts Masters - the latest stop on the World Series tour.

In all, seven Team Unicorn stars will bid for World Matchplay glory in Blackpool.

And there could well be an all Unicorn 2nd Round clash between James Wade and Michael Smith. In the 1st Round Smith will face Steve West, while Wade will be hoping to put last year's shock 1st Round exit behind him when he takes on Darren Webster.

Kyle Anderson features in an all-Aussie showdown against Simon Whitlock. If he wins he faces a possible clash with defending champion Michael van Gerwen.

Joe Cullen will be full of confidence after his Players Championship victory at the weekend and he will feature in one of the ties of the round against Raymond van Barneveld.

Kim Huybrechts plays Alan Norris in what is sure to be a rapid entertaining affair, while Ian White has been drawn to play Matchplay debutant Rob Cross.

Full 1st Round draw:

Michael van Gerwen (1) v Stephen Bunting
Simon Whitlock (16) v Kyle Anderson
Phil Taylor (8) v Gerwyn Price
Raymond van Barneveld (9) v Joe Cullen
Dave Chisnall (5) v Mervyn King
Kim Huybrechts (12) v Alan Norris
Adrian Lewis (4) v Steve Beaton
Ian White (13) v Rob Cross
Gary Anderson (2) v Christian Kist
Benito van de Pas (15) v Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic (7) v John Henderson
Jelle Klaasen (10) v Justin Pipe
James Wade (6) v Darren Webster
Michael Smith (11) v Steve West
Peter Wright (3) v James Wilson
Robert Thornton (14) v Cristo Reyes

From STUART PYKE in Las Vegas

Image courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC

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