The draw has been made for the 25th anniversary of the PDC World Darts Championship, with Stoke duo Ian White and Adrian Lewis both entering the competition in the second-round stage.
Former two time back-to-back world champion Adrian Lewis has been drawn against the winner of Simon Stevenson and former World Youth finalist Ted Evetts. He will play his second-round match on 20th December (evening session).
Meanwhile, current Stoke number one Ian White will face Wayne Jones of Wolverhampton, or South Africa’s Devon Peterson in his opening match at the Alexandra Palace.
‘The Diamond’ will enter the competition as 12th seed following a strong season on the ProTour, collecting victories in Barnsley and Milton Keynes. Despite this, the 48-year-old has struggled for form on the big stage events, not making it to TV ranking quarter-final in the past 18 months.
A good run at the sports Premiere event could see White push into the top ten in the world for the first time in his career.
Lewis, 33, was crowned champion of the world in 2011 and 2012, but goes into the tournament in the worst form of his illustrious career. Having not made a major final since his thrilling encounter with Gary Anderson at the palace in 2016, Lewis needs a deep run once again in London as he looks to push myself back into the reckoning for the Premier League.
In the 2018 edition of the tournament, Lewis hit an career low. Being dumped out by German qualifier Kevin Munch in one of the sports all-time greatest shocks. ‘Jackpot’ has never really recovered from his shock defeat and entered the most barren run in terms of the trophies in his career.
Lewis currently holds an unbeaten record against both possible opponents for his round two clash, so will fancy his chances of getting off to a good start at the 2019 iteration of the competition.