Darts News

Danny Noppert, the Dutchman beaten by Glen Durrant in last year’s final and second favourite with the bookmakers this time, starts at the preliminary round stage this time, against Joe ‘Chanesaw’ Chaney, the American No 1 whose titles last year included the Las Vegas Open. Noppert heads into the championship in good form having just won the Finder Masters 2017 and given that he consistently averages around the mid-late nineties, he could well have another good run at the Lakeside.The winner of Noppert-Chaney faces No 15 seed James Hurrell in the first round.