Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stars Inspire Glen Ahead of Bid for World Title Glory; DARTS

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stars Inspire Glen Ahead of Bid for World Title Glory; DARTS

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Byline: Adam Steel Sports writer

GLEN Durrant has drawn inspiration from two of the biggest names in the PDC ahead of his bid to bring the Lakeside World Championship title back to Teesside at the second attempt.

BDO star Durrant has been admiring Gary Anderson's exploits at the Alexandra Palace when he hasn't been busy hammering the practice board in the build-up to his first round clash at Frimley Green tomorrow night.

The 44-year-old from Ormesby has also taken on board the practice advice eight-time PDC major winner James Wade once gave him in preparation for his opening match against Karel Sedlacek (who beat Paul Coughlin 3-2 in last night's preliminary round match) and Durrant said: "I'm a massive darts fan and watching the PDC Worlds over Christmas has really inspired me for the Lakeside.

"You can't help but sit back and enjoy the way Gary Anderson scores so heavily, he makes it look easy.

"I'm known as a player who hits his doubles but I need to try and take a leaf out of his book if I want to make real progress and up my scoring."

He added: "James Wade once told me to only practise on what you throw in matches. He didn't elaborate on it, but I took it to mean go for the usual treble 20, bullseye and double 16.

"It's not often that you go for something like double six in a match situation, so that's what I've been doing instead of going round the board.

"I've put the hours in and I've taken a week off work to go to the Lakeside. I'm not going for a holiday - I'm there to win it."

Durrant reiterated his belief that he is one of "six or seven" players with a genuine chance of Lakeside glory after defending champion Stephen Bunting jumped ship in a quest to become the first player to hold the BDO and PDC world titles at the same time.

"I still think it's wide open and there are six or seven players who could win it," he said. "That's reflected in the betting odds from Alan Norris at 6/1 to me at 16/1."

Durrant got to the second round of the Lakeside on his 2014 debut and says he is returning a mentally tougher player than the one who lost to eventual beaten finalist Alan Norris in the second round. …

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