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Article: Darts ace Dan Timmins aiming to clean up at Blue Square Open

Darts ace Dan Timmins aiming to clean up at Blue Square Open

SCARBOROUGH^S darts ace Dan Timmins is getting the practice in ahead of next month^s Blue Square Open in Preston.

Timmins has been drawn against fellow qualifier Andy Callary in the first round, with journeyman John Ferrell awaiting him at the next hurdle.

A move past both players could earn the 27-year-old Westover ace a £1,000 payday and a chance to challenge the game^s big boys.

This is the main aim for Timmins, but the chance to play in the competition will be bonus enough for the Scarborough dustman.

He said: "The first round game will be a 50-50 one really because we are both qualifiers. The next one may be a problem because he has been around for a few years.

"It could have been much worse though. The likes of former world champion Dennis Priestley are in the first round as well, so that would have been a little more difficult.

"I^m just hoping for the best though. It would be nice to get through a couple of rounds as the top 32 in the world come in then, you could play against people like Phil Taylor.

"I played him a couple of months ago in and friendly and didn^t do too bad. When he finished the leg I was on 91, which is good when you are playing him.

"I^m just going to get the practice in. I^ll be setting up a dartboard in the back yard so i can get a bit of the sun at the same time."

The whole tournament is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, which will be a new experience for Dan. But he has also been practicing on the cameras to ease his nerves.

He added: "Sky have been round to film me in my job and while I have been practicing, which was a new experience.

"I^m hoping that because they did that, I might be televised live in a match or two. It will be a bit nerve-wracking, but the other players will have to contend with it as well."

 Story By: Scarborough Evening News





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