Mervyn King, Peter Wright and Kevin Painter preparing for PDC World Championship draw

Peter Wright

Peter Wright - Credit: LAWRENCE LUSTIG

Ipswich’s Mervyn King has been seeded 10th for the forthcoming William Hill World Darts Championship, while last year’s runner-up, Mendham-based Peter Wright is ranked fifth, ahead of today’s televised draw.

The £1.25 million tournament will feature 72 players competing for the Sid Waddell Trophy from December 18 until January 4 at London’s Alexandra Palace.

The top 32 players from the main PDC Order of Merit qualify by right for the tournament, alongside a series of qualifiers from the PDC ProTour Order of Merit - based on the year-long series of non-televised events - and International Qualifiers.

Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen is the number one seed as he defends his title at Alexandra Palace, with 16-time World champion Phil Taylor seeded second and two-time winner Adrian Lewis the number three seed.

Elsewhere, Billericay-born Ipswich Town fan Kevin Painter is seeded 20th


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The draw for the William Hill World Darts Championship will be made at 12.30pm (GMT) today, live on Sky Sports News HQ.

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