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World Darts Championship: Day Two preview – Beau Greaves set for Ally Pally bow

Former champion Adrian Lewis and last year's beaten finalist Michael Smith make their bows on day two of the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Two-time winner Lewis kicks off his campaign with an afternoon encounter in round one against Sweden's Daniel Larsson, while Smith signs off the evening card against the winner of the first-round duel between Jermaine Wattimena and Nathan Rafferty.

All eyes will also be on Beau Greaves, the first of three women in this year's tournament, as she gets ready to square off with William O'Connor.

What: World Darts Championship
Where: Alexandra Palace, London
When: 15th December 2022 – 3rd January, 2023
How to watch: Sky Sports
Odds: Michael van Gerwen 5/2, Gerwyn Price 6/1, Michael Smith 7/1, Peter Wright 10/1, Luke Humphries 14/1, Josh Rock 16/1, Jonny Clayton 16/1

Beau's arrowing in on first-round shock

Three long years have passed since Fallon Sherrock's memorable double over Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic, but there are many who think Beau Greaves can be the next female giant-killer on the Ally Pally stage.

The Doncaster teenager has certainly enjoyed an incredible year, becoming the youngest ever women's world champ and reeling off eight straight Women's Series titles, in one of which she averaged a mind-blowing 107.86 when beating Sherrock.

It's no surprise that Greaves is the outsider against classy Irishman William O'Connor, but the fact she's only 7/4 emphasises that many darts fans feel this could be a really good game.

O'Connor, aka The Magpie, is a former World Cup finalist and Pro Tour winner and did reach the Hungarian Open final in September. But the 4/9 chance will be playing the crowd as well as Greaves and it will be fascinating to see how his game holds up.

Jackpot looking to turn back the clock

Over a decade has passed since Adrian Lewis won the second of his two world crowns, nine years since he won his last major.

Yet Jackpot, who is still only 37, believes he can still turn back the clock and produce the goods at Ally Pally, a stage where he experienced so many highs down the years.

To still be in this event after Christmas, he first needs to take care of Sweden's Daniel Larsson, four years Jackpot's senior but with nothing like the same pedigree. Larsson has appeared in five world championships and won a solitary match in all that time.

He's reached four finals on the Nordic Tour, winning one, but not producing anything like the averages to suggest he can land odds of 3/1.

Lewis, once the most feared 180 hitter in the game, is 1/1 to hit over 4.5 in a match, the sort of feat he could have done in his sleep back in the day.

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Smith the star turn in evening session

Michael Smith rounds off Night Two at the Palace with his opening game against either Jermaine Wattimena or Nathan Rafferty.

Before that there is an intriguing tussle between Keegan Brown and Florian Hempel, who made a name for himself at last year's worlds.

Brown is ranked 64 in the world, Hempel 60, so no great surprise there isn't much between them in the betting, either, with the Englishman available at 11/10, Hempel 8/11.

Brown was the kid with the bright future when he was crowned world youth champ, though it has never quite happened for him. 

In six previous tries at this title he has never got further than round three, which is where Hempel reached on his debut 12 months ago courtesy of a stunning win over Dimitri van den Bergh.

Souts to discover if he's Cuming or going

Scottish raider Alan Soutar opens up proceedings on day two against Australian qualifier Mal Cuming, a multi-time winner of state events back home but rarely producing the sort of levels that suggest he can trouble Soutar.

The Scot reached the fourth round last year and also beat Nathan Aspinall and Jonny Clayton at last month's Grand Slam, the kind of form which suggests he can not only land the 1/7 odds, but also maybe the 11/10 if he wins 3-0.

The Victorian's one previous trip to Britain for a world championship was in the 2019 BDO finals where he suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of compatriot Justin Thompson.

Kim Huybrechts, the No.31 seed, signs off the afternoon session against the winner of the match between Keane Barry and Grant Sampson.

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