THE draw for the first and second rounds of the Blue Square UK Open on Thursday June 4 has been made.

The £200,000 tournament will kick off at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium with 97 players in action, as the professional players are joined by 31 Holsten Qualifiers for the opening night of action across eight stages.

The one preliminary round game will feature Holsten Qualifiers Gary Stephens against Ken Mather, while the first round sees the remaining amateurs drawn alongside the players ranked from 65-97 in the Blue Square UK Open Order of Merit.

Plum ties in the first round of ‘The FA Cup of Darts’ include 2004 champion Roland Scholten against Derek Williams, Anastasia Dobromyslova against Stoke’s Andy Roberts and Alex Roy against ex-World Champion Richie Burnett.

Gary Mawson, last year’s UK Open runner-up to James Wade, drew Holsten Qualifier Darren Weaver, from Doncaster, for his opener, which will be featured on the main stage alongside games involving St Helens’ Gary Welding against American John Kuczynski and Bradford’s James Barton versus Holland’s Toon Greebe.

The second round saw PDC newcomer Gary Anderson draw Paul Nicholson, another Bolton debutant and a quarter-finalist in the World Darts Championship at Christmas.

World number four John Part, the 2004 UK Open runner-up, meets Irishman Mick McGowan, while Wayne Mardle will take on Les Fitton or Mark Cox, and joining them on the main stage will be former World Champion Steve Beaton, who takes on Dobromyslova or Roberts.

The field of Holsten Qualifiers will total 31 following the withdrawal of Peter Green, while the draw was made by 1983 World Champion Keith Deller and Sky Sports’ Sid Waddell ahead of the Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts Play-Offs.

The third round draw – featuring the top 32 players from the UK Open Order of Merit, including defending champion and new Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts champion James Wade and world number one Phil “The Power” Taylor – will be made at the close of play in the second round.

Play will then continue throughout the weekend ahead of the final, which will be held on Sunday June 7.

Tickets are still available for the Blue Square UK Open, with prices starting at £10 via 0844 871 2932 or in person at the Reebok Stadium Box Office.

Blue Square UK Open
First Round – Best of 11 legs
Board One
Alex Roy v Richie Burnett
James Barton v Toon Greebe
Gary Welding v John Kuczynski
Gary Mawson v Darren Weaver

Board Two
Michael Smith v Dave Ladley
Darren Latham v Andy Boulton
Anastasia Dobromyslova v Andy Roberts
Louis Blundell v Ian Jopling

Board Three
Gary Stephens v Ken Mather (Preliminary Round)
Harry Robinson v Chris Cooper
Roland Scholten v Derek Williams
Dyson Parody v John MaGowan
Phil Currie v Steve Dolan

Board Four
Matthew Campbell v Stuart Bousfield
Peter Wright v Chris Hornby
Les Fitton v Mark Cox
Andy Pearce v Johnny Haines

Board Five
Adrian Genery v Chris Loudon
Ian Critchett v Kevin Beare
Graham Usher v Glen Durrant
Mather/Stephens v Robbie Parker

Board Six
Duane Garfield v Dave Smith
Paul Cook v Mike Langley
Steve Evans v Mark Layton
Par Riihonen v Steve Grubb

Board Seven
Chris Mason v Steve Penney
John McGuirk v Stuart Pickles
Stephen Hardy v Coen Wiekamp
David Fatum v Paul Rowley

Board Eight
Stuart Monaghan v Alan Davie
Lee Williams v Alan Caves
David Smurthwaite v Mark Jodrill
Joe Cullen v Justin Pipe

Second Round – Best of 11 legs
Board One
Mick McGowan v John Part
Wayne Mardle v Fitton/Cox
Paul Nicholson v Gary Anderson
Dobromyslova/Roberts v Steve Beaton

Board Two
Kirk Shepherd v Steve Brown
Nick Fullwell v Andy Smith
Monaghan/Davie v Wright/Hornby
Tony Ayres v Cullen/Pipe

Board Three
Martyn Turner v Dave Honey
Jason Clark v Campbell/Bousfield
Hardy/Wiekamp v Jan van der Rassel
Michael Barnard v Steve Maish

Board Four
Matt Clark v Roy/Burnett
Tony Eccles v Barton/Greebe
Fatum/Rowley v M Smith/Ladley
Usher/Durrant v McGuirk/Pickles

Board Five
Ken Dobson v Paul Knighton
Welding/Kuczynski v Parody/MaGowan
Mason/Penney v Riihonen/Grubb
Colin Monk v Larry Butler

Board Six
Adrian Gray v Dave Askew
Scholten/D Williams v Critchett/Beare
Smurthwaite/Jodrill v Chris Thompson
Blundell/Jopling v Kevin Dowling

Board Seven
Genery/Loudon v Robinson/Cooper
Wes Newton v Latham/Boulton
Garfield/Dave Smith v Denis Ovens
Evans/Layton v Currie/Dolan

Board Eight
Cook/Langley v Mark Lawrence
L Williams/Caves v Wayne Atwood
Mawson/Weaver v Pearce/Haines
Dennis Smith v Mather/Stephens/Parker

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