Brendan Dolan wants to "prove himself" on the big stage once more as he kicks off his World Darts Championship campaign this afternoon.

The Fermanagh man, ranked 30th in the world, takes on Japan's Edward Foulkes, who recorded an impressive 3-0 first-round win over Mike De Decker, in what was his first appearance at the Alexandra Palace event.

Dolan made it all the way to the quarter-finals two years ago but fell at the first hurdle last year and is hoping that a new throwing technique will allow him to increase his scoring. 

"I have been trying to change the rhythm and delivery of my first dart," the 47-year-old explained to RTÉ Sport. 

"I feel when I hold the dart in front of my face, my shoulder drops at times and I obviously land low and leave it difficult to score, so I'm trying to throw the first dart a bit quicker but with a rhythm to get consistency in the delivery.

"But at times it is hard to get rid of old habits. I do find overall I am playing a lot better and feel that my scoring power will be a lot stronger this year.

"I’m looking forward now to prove myself on the big stage." 

The winner of today’s opening clash in the afternoon session in London will meet second favourite for the tournament Gerwyn Price, who beat Jamie Lewis 3-2 last night.

Carlow’s Steve Lennon is also in action today, the World Cup finalist takes on South Africa's Devon Petersen, 29th on the PDC’s order of merit, in the second game of the evening session.

Lennon, ranked 37, beat Sweden's Daniel Larsson in his opening match. 

Afternoon Session (1200)

Brendan Dolan v Edward Foulkes
Joe Cullen v Wayne Jones
Simon Whitlock v Darius Labanauskas
Adrian Lewis v Danny Baggish

Evening Session (1800)

Danny Noppert v Cameron Carolissen
Devon Petersen v Steve Lennon
Rob Cross v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Paul Lim