Lewis handed Heydon opener

World Championship starts at Alexandra Palace on December 15

Last Updated: 29/11/11 7:14pm

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Adrian Lewis will start his title defence against fellow Englishman Nigel Heydon at the PDC World Championship.

Lewis stormed to his maiden world crown last year and returns to Alexandra Palace as the second seed behind his former mentor Phil Taylor.

Heydon, a funeral director from Leamington Spa, lost in the first round on his one previous World Championship appearance.

Taylor, a 15-time world champion, has been drawn against Japan's Haruki Muramatsu or former strongman contestant Dennis Nilsson from Sweden in his opener.

The Stoke veteran is in the same quarter as both Raymond van Barnenveld and Paul Nicholson, who could meet in the last 16 before a potential showdown with Taylor for the winner.

Third seed James Wade will take on Per Laursen or Petri Korte in his opening assignment, while last year's beaten finalist Gary Anderson is up against Jyhan Artut, a bar owner from Hannover.

Simon Whitlock, the fifth-seeded Australian, lines up against Dennis Smith and would meet Anderson in the quarter-final if both make it that far.

The tie of the opening round, however, sees Welshmen Mark Webster and Richie Burnett go toe-to-toe, while Kevin Painter faces a tough test against current World Under 21 champion Arron Monk.

The tournament runs from December 15 to January 2 at the Alexandra Palace in London and is screened live on Sky Sports.

Full draw

Phil Taylor v Muramatsu/Nilsson
Mark Dudbridge v Dave Chisnall
Vincent van der Voort v Mark Hylton
And Hamilton v Antonio Alcinas
Raymond van Barneveld v James Richardson
Brendan Dolan v Kim Huybrechts
Paul Nicholson v Mensur Suljovic
Alan Tabern v Burger/Perez
Simon Whitlock v Dennis Smith
Steve Beaton v Magnus Caris
Mervyn King v Geoff Kime
Colin Osborne v Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson v Jyhan Artut
Steve Brown v Petersen/de Sousa
Colin Lloyd v Darin Young
Andy Smith v Scott Rand
Adrian Lewis v Nigel Heydon
Robert Thornton v Ian White
Wayne Jones v Barham/MacKenzie
Jamie Caven v Roland Scholten
Wes Newton v Kurt van de Rijck
Justin Pipe v Sean Reed
Terry Jenkins v Cullen/Ferenc
Co Stompe v Michael Smith
Mark Webster v Richie Burnett
John Part v John Henderson
Mark Walsh v Finnan/French
Kevin Painter v Arron Monk
James Wade v Laursen/Korte
Peter Wright v Jelle Klaasen
Ronnie Baxter v Steve Farmer
Denis Ovens v Munch/Choon Peng

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