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Dutch pair Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort will meet in the Group Stage of the 2013 Grand Slam of Darts, where another Dutchman, Raymond van Barneveld, is bidding to defend his title.

Good friends van Gerwen and van der Voort are both in Group D following Monday’s draw after the latter sealed one of the four wildcard qualifier places for the Wolverhampton tournament.

Joining them are Kim Huybrechts and Dean Winstanley, with two players progressing from each group to form the last 16.

van Barneveld, who defeated van Gerwen in last year’s final and enjoyed a run to the semi-finals of The Masters in Edinburgh last week, is in Group E with Mervyn King, Tony O’Shea and Ricky Evans.

Former finalist James Wade, who also reached the last four in Edinburgh, will face the Scottish pair of Gary Anderson and Peter Wright as well as Holland’s Wesley Harms.

Simon Whitlock and Mark Webster will compete in Group G with Wes Newton and Ross Smith, while Robert Thornton joins Andy Hamilton, Justin Pipe and Mark Walsh in Group F.

Group A sees Paul Nicholson pitted against world number one Phil Taylor, Kevin Painter and Stuart Kellett.

The schedule of play for  Grand Slam of Darts, which begins on Saturday will be released in due course.

By Chris Murphy

 

WILLIAM HILL GRAND SLAM OF DARTS DRAW
GROUP A
Phil Taylor (1)
Kevin Painter
Paul Nicholson
Stuart Kellett

GROUP B
James Wade (8)
Gary Anderson
Wesley Harms
Peter Wright

GROUP C
Adrian Lewis (5)
Christian Kist
Ronny Huybrechts
Richie George

GROUP D
Michael van Gerwen (4)
Kim Huybrechts
Dean Winstanley
Vincent van der Voort

GROUP E
Raymond van Barneveld (2)
Mervyn King
Tony O’Shea
Ricky Evans

GROUP F
Andy Hamilton (7)
Robert Thornton
Mark Walsh
Justin Pipe

GROUP G
Simon Whitlock (6)
Wes Newton
Mark Webster
Ross Smith

GROUP H
Scott Waites (3)
Dave Chisnall
Michael Smith
Ted Hankey