Evans to face Baxter as McDine meets Jones

Kettering's Ricky Evans will play Ronnie Baxter in his first-ever PDC Ladbrokes World Darts Championship match
Kettering's Ricky Evans will play Ronnie Baxter in his first-ever PDC Ladbrokes World Darts Championship match

Kettering’s Ricky Evans will take on Ronnie Baxter in his first-ever match at the PDC’s Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.

Evans earned his place at the Alexandra Palace showpiece as one of the PDC ProTour Order of Merit qualifiers following a superb finish to his first year as a professional.

And, in this morning’s live draw, Evans was handed a first-round clash with Baxter, who has reached the final of the BDO World Championship and the quarter-final of the PDC competition in the past.

Irthlingborough’s Kevin McDine, meanwhile, will take on Wayne Jones in the first round.

McDine also qualified through the ProTour Order of Merit and will face Jones, who is ranked at number 31 in the world.

The tournament gets under way on December 13 and will be screened on Sky Sports throughout.