Kurk work for Newton

Wes Newton
Wes Newton

FLEETWOOD’S Wes Newton will face Belgian debutant Kurk van de Rijck in the first round of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship title in London next month, while Blackpool’s Ronnie Baxter faces Steve Farmer.

Newton and Baxter are seeded 7 and 14 respectively for the tournament, which gets under way on December 15 at Alexandra Palace.

Defending champion Adrian Lewis faces Nigel Heydon first up, while Phil Taylor begins his challenge for a 16th world crown against either Japan’s Haruki Muramatsu or Sweden’s Dennis Nilsson.

The first round matches will be spread over a week, with the second round either side of the Christmas break.