Stoke-on-Trent darting duo Adrian Lewis and Ian White return to the television stage as the World Grand Prix kicks off this weekend in Dublin.
Both face stiff competition in the opening round of the tournament. Two-time Premier League competitor Michael Smith provides the opposition for Adrian Lewis in a stand-out first round tie, while Ian White meets Josh Payne on Monday evening at the CityWest Hotel.
Current world number 18, Lewis, was a finalist back in 2010, but after going without lifting a major trophy in four years ‘Jackpot’ will be hungry for success.
He has consistently made the quarter-final stage on the European and Pro Tour events in 2018, although found it difficult to break into the final four following the emergence of Rob Cross amongst several other young talents.
Ian White, who recently won his first stage event in the PDC after claiming a European Tour title in Maastricht, will be looking to claim his first major title.
The 47-year-old has a positive record against Essex youngster Payne, but the former World Youth Champion has been building up quite a resume in recent months, claiming some huge scalps.
‘The Diamond’s’ persistent performances at floor events has led many people to believe he is deserving of a Premier League spot for 2019, although a good run on a major stage would consolidate his chances of earning a place on the tour.
While Lewis, 33, has struggled in recent meetings with ‘BullyBoy’, but the two have never met in a sets format match.
After a barren run of form in the major tournaments and his omission from the Premier League a good result in Ireland will put him back in contention to regain his place in the world’s top ten.
The World Grand Prix takes place from September 30th to the October 6th at the CityWest Hotel in Dublin and will be shown on Sky Sports. Both White and Lewis feature in the Monday evening session, which begins at 7pm.