Tough opener for Scots pair at Darts Masters

Michael van Gerwen. Picture: Martin Rose (Bongarts/Getty Images). Raymond van Barneveld is shown below (PA WIRE)
Michael van Gerwen. Picture: Martin Rose (Bongarts/Getty Images). Raymond van Barneveld is shown below (PA WIRE)
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Scottish darts players Robert Thornton and Peter Wright face tough opening tests against Andy Hamilton and Michael van Gerwen respectively in the first round of The Masters at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, next Friday.

Van Gerwen, the reigning Premier League champion and World Championship runner-up, takes on West Lothian-born Wright, who has moved up to a career-high 15th in the rankings this year.

Raymond van Barneveld reacts during the Round Two of the Premier League Darts at the Captial FM Arena, Nottingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 17, 2011. Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

Raymond van Barneveld reacts during the Round Two of the Premier League Darts at the Captial FM Arena, Nottingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 17, 2011. Photo credit should read: Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

Thornton, the 2012 UK Open champion, is seeded 11th for the tournament, which runs until the Sunday, and plays Hamilton, the three-time major finalist and world No. 6 in his opening match. World darts champion Phil Taylor will take on Terry Jenkins in the first round.

Scotland’s former Premier League Darts champion, Gary Anderson, however, missed out on qualification, having needed to win one of last weekend’s Players Championship tournaments in Killarney to return to the world’s top 16.

Tickets are available for the event from pdc.seetickets.com or by calling 0844 871 8807.

Tournament Draw: Phil Taylor (1) v Terry Jenkins (16); Wes Newton (8) v Justin Pipe (9); James Wade (5) v Kevin Painter (12); Simon Whitlock (4) v Mervyn King (13); Michael van Gerwen (2) v Peter Wright (15); Dave Chisnall (7) v Raymond van Barneveld (10); Andy Hamilton (6) v Robert Thornton (11); Adrian Lewis (3) v Kim Huybrechts (14).