Callaby first in line for Taylor

Cambridgeshire-based qualifier Andy Callaby faces the daunting prospect of taking on 11-times world champion Phil Taylor in the first round of the Skybet World Grand Prix in Dublin next month.

Cambridgeshire-based qualifier Andy Callaby faces the daunting prospect of taking on 11-times world champion Phil Taylor in the first round of the Skybet World Grand Prix in Dublin next month.

Taylor, known as ‘The Power’, has won this event on five of the six occasions it has been held, including for the last two years, and looked back to his brilliant best when cruising to the Stan James World Matchplay title at Blackpool in the summer.

Other eye-catching ties in the €150,000 tournament, in which players must start and finish each leg with a double, include former world champion John Part of Canada against ‘Rocket’ Ronnie Baxter, while Mark Dudbridge, runner-up to Taylor in Blackpool, meets fourth seed Peter ‘One Dart’ Manley.

First round draw (prefix denotes seeding): (3) Colin Lloyd (Eng) v Denis Ovens (Eng), Bob Anderson (Eng) v Dennis Smith (Eng), (6) Wayne Mardle (Eng) v Gary Welding (Eng), Adrian Lewis (Eng) v Richie Burnett (Wal), (7) Kevin Painter (Eng) v Peter Quinn (Irl), Mark Wilton (NIrl) v Brendan Dolan (NIrl), (2) John Part (Can) v Ronnie Baxter (Eng), Lionel Sams (Eng) v Mark Walsh (Eng), (4) Peter Manley (Eng) v Mark Dudbridge (Eng), Paul Williams (Eng) v Steve Beaton (Eng), (5) Roland Scholten (Ned) v Dave Askew (Eng), Peter Evison (Eng) v Chris Mason (Eng), (8) Andy Jenkins (Eng) v Alex Roy (Eng), Jamie Harvey (Sco) v Alan Warriner (Eng), (1) Phil Taylor (Eng) v Andy Callaby (Eng), Jack McKenna (Irl) v Dennis Priestley (Eng).

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