Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kevin Set to Face Legend

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kevin Set to Face Legend

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GEORDIE darts player Kevin McDine is set to face the biggest test of his 18-month career as a professional.

For Wallsend-born McDine is set to face 13-times world champion Phil Taylor on the televised stage for a first time in the quarter-finals of the the Stan James World Matchplay on Thursday.

McDine continued his emergence with a 13-9 win over Mark Walsh in Blackpool last night.

The 23-year-old made his Winter Gardens debut with a win over Adrian Lewis on Monday, and backed that up with a solid display to see off Walsh.

"I'm tired after this win but I've got a day off to recuperate," admitted McDine. "This was a harder game than playing against Adrian - Mark pushed me all the way.

"My scoring was great, but I'm not happy with my finishing and I'll be working on that because I'll have to average something special to beat Phil."

McDine showed flashes of his brilliant best in taking a 6-1 lead in the game, including a 120 finish in pulling clear of Walsh. …

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