Live Darts on Monday December 17: World Championship 2018/19 Day Five preview and order of play

Van Barneveld makes his entrance (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld commences the final chapter of his career at Alexandra Palace on Monday, while three-time women's World Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova also stars.

Van Barneveld announced last month that next season will be his last as a professional darts player, with next year's World Championship bringing the curtain down on an illustrious career spanning over 30 years.

The decorated Dutchman, who followed up his four Lakeside triumphs by defeating Phil Taylor in an iconic sudden death final at the Circus Tavern in 2007, begins his final run-in in Round Two at Ally Pally against debutant qualifier Darius Labanauskas.

Van Barneveld, who has dropped out of the world's top 16, is defending Semi-Final prize money from two years ago against his ranking and will be looking to avoid losing his opening match in a PDC World Championship for only the second time.

He takes on Labanauskas, a four-time Lakeside qualifier who topped the PDC Nordic & Baltic standings courtesy of two tournament wins and is the first Lithuanian ever to feature in a PDC World Championship.

He came from a set down to defeat Matthew Edgar 3-1 in the First Round on Sunday evening and will look to catch RVB cold in their first ever meeting.

Dobromyslova will become the first female player to appear in more than one PDC World Championship when she takes on debutant Ryan Joyce for the right to face Simon Whitlock in Round Two.

A decade on from her Ally Pally debut, which ended in defeat to Remco van Eijden in the Preliminary Round, Dobromyslova will return to the cathedral of world darts in an attempt to put the cat among the pigeons.

The 34-year-old won the women's Rest of the World qualifying event in Dusseldorf to seal her spot back at Ally Pally and has four women's BDO titles to her name this year.

Spurred on by Lisa Ashton's superb showing against Jan Dekker on opening night, the Russian star will be quietly confident of pulling off an upset against a player with limited TV stage experience.

Joyce, who earned his PDC Tour Card in January, has made on previous appearance at Lakeside and qualified for last month's Players Championship Finals, largely thanks to a run to a ProTour Semi-Final back in March.

The Tyneside thrower has also featured on the European Tour this year and is ranked 74 on the PDC Order of Merit with the power to add for the next 12 months.

The opening match of the evening sees former UK Open finalist Vincent van der Voort take on Lourence Ilagan of the Philippines.

Van der Voort is making his twelfth consecutive appearance at Alexandra Palace, having reached the Quarter-Finals on two occasions (2011 and 2015).

The rapid Dutchman finished 20th on the ProTour Order of Merit but has not progressed beyond the Last 16 of any ranking event since last September.

Ilagan has twice featured at the World Championship, bowing out in the Preliminary Round in 2009 and the First Round in 2013.

He has dominated the PDC Asian Tour this season, finishing top of the Order of Merit courtesy of four tournament wins.

Wayne Jones, semi-finalist at the Circus Tavern in 2006, marks his first Ally Pally appearance since 2015 with a clash against South African star Devon Petersen.

Jones, a former European Championship runner-up, claimed the 29th spot from the ProTour Order of Merit to reach only his fourth TV major in as many years.

Petersen won the South Africa qualifier to secure his sixth World Championship appearance, with his best run to date coming in 2014 - when he reached the Last 16 as a Preliminary Round qualifier.

Renowned for his crowd-pleasing dance moves, Petersen is looking to put a difficult season, where he racked up just £8,000 in prize money, behind him by returning to winning ways on the sport's biggest stage.

The action gets underway from 7pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of five sets.

All sets are the best of five legs. There are no tie breaks in First Round matches, while a tie-break will be in operation from Round Two onwards, where the final set must be won by two clear legs. If the score reaches five-all, the 11th leg will be a sudden-death leg.


World Darts Championship 2018/19 Schedule


Monday December 17 

7.15pm Vincent van der Voort v Lourence Ilagan (R1)
8.15pm Wayne Jones v Devon Petersen (R1)
9.15pm Ryan Joyce v Anastasia Dobromyslova (R1)
10.15pm Raymond van Barneveld v Darius Labanauskas (R2)



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Live Darts on Monday December 17: World Championship 2018/19 Day Five preview and order of play

Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld commences the final chapter of his career at Alexandra Palace on Monday, while three-time women's World Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova also stars.

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