Taylor meets Dudbridge in Vegas

Phil Taylor will meet Mark Dudbridge in the pick of the first round matches at the Las Vegas Desert Classic VI, while John Part begins his title defence against Steve Maish at Mandalay Bay.

Taylor, the three-time Desert Classic champion and number one seed, will come up against Dudbridge on the tournament's opening night on Wednesday.

Dudbridge, who had to battle through the qualifiers for the event on Monday and Tuesday, has previously faced Taylor in the finals of the World Championship and World Matchplay.

World Champion Raymond van Barneveld has drawn Kevin Painter in another tasty first round contest, while Part takes on Essex qualifier Steve Maish as he bids to emulate his 2006 success.

World number three Colin Lloyd faces a tricky opener against Wes Newton, who has reached the semi-finals for the past two years.

2003 Desert Classic winner Peter Manley has drawn quick-throwing Dutchman Vincent van der Voort - the recent Blue Square UK Open runner-up - in another mouth-watering clash.

Wayne Mardle, twice a runner-up in the tournament, will take on John Ferrell, who has returned to the professional circuit this year and battled through the qualifiers.

Ferrell was one of the 16 players to win a place in the main field from the qualifying events staged on Monday and Tuesday.

Cheshire-based newcomer Stuart Holden meets Gary Mawson, one of four top-ranked North Americans who joined the PDC's top 12 players in qualifying automatically for the main event.

Ronnie Baxter - the runner-up in the inaugural Desert Classic - was the highest profile player to miss out in the qualifiers, along with Welshman Barrie Bates and Andy Jenkins.

Rising stars Colin Osborne and Alan Tabern face James Wade and America's John Kuczynski respectively, and another USA favourite, Ray Carver, drew world number five Terry Jenkins.

PDC newcomers Mervyn King and Tony Eccles face trans-Atlantic battles with Gerry Convery and Darin Young - who each topped the rankings in their respective countries to win a place in the event.

Adrian Lewis will come up against Essex's Steve Smith, Roland Scholten faces Andy Smith and Dennis Priestley has a repeat of his first round clash of 2006 when he takes on Dennis Smith.

Las Vegas Desert Classic VI - First Round Draw

Darin Young v Tony Eccles

Phil Taylor v Mark Dudbridge

Gerry Convery v Mervyn King

John Kuczynski v Alan Tabern

Roland Scholten v Andy Smith

John Part v Steve Maish

Colin Lloyd v Wes Newton

James Wade v Colin Osborne

Gary Mawson v Stuart Holden

Peter Manley v Vincent van der Voort

Raymond van Barneveld v Kevin Painter

Dennis Priestley v Dennis Smith

Andy Hamilton v Steve Beaton

Adrian Lewis v Steve Smith

Terry Jenkins v Ray Carver

Wayne Mardle v John Ferrell

Best of 11 legs

From Round Two onwards a free draw will be made.

Las Vegas Desert Classic VI - Schedule of Play

Wednesday July 4

11am James Wade v Colin Osborne

11.30am Gary Mawson v Stuart Holden

12pm Andy Hamilton v Steve Beaton

12.30pm Phil Taylor v Mark Dudbridge

1pm Colin Lloydv Wes Newton

1.30pm Terry Jenkins v Ray Carver

2pm Wayne Mardle v John Ferrell

2.30pm John Part v Steve Maish

Thursday July 5

11am Gerry Convery v Mervyn King

11.30am Dennis Priestley v Dennis Smith

12pm Darin Young v Tony Eccles

12.30pm Peter Manley v Vincent van der Voort

1pm Raymond van Barneveld v Kevin Painter

1.30pm John Kuczynski v Alan Tabern

2pm Adrian Lewis v Steve Smith

2.30pm Roland Scholten v Andy Smith


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