Player faces a darting ‘giant’

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DAVENTRY darts player Matthew Edgar is gearing up for a showdown with one of the biggest names in darts.

Matthew, 26, faces the world’s rank number six and world championship runner-up Andy Hamilton.

The event will take place in Stoke on Trent on September 28. The night will begin with the quarter finals and playing through to a winner.

Matthew earned the right to play in the event on Sunday when he went through a strong field of both PDC and BDO-ranked players.

Currently Matthew, who plays his darts on the PDC pro tour and is ranked inside the world’s top 100, is looking forward to the challenge facing him.

Matthew said that when he got through to the final eight he really wanted to draw Phil Taylor as he knew he had not got a long time left before Phil retired and he wanted the chance to play him in front of a big crowd.

“However we are in different halves of the draw from now and I would not meet Phil until the final so it’s game by game from now.

“Andy first, then either Andy Pearce or Dave Chisnall.”

The event is been staged in Stoke on Trent with an expected crowd of 2000.

He added: “It’s the biggest crowd I will have played darts in front of but I have lots of experience in front of crowds and I’m very much looking forward to the challenge.”

Stoke-based Hamilton will no doubt have the most of the 2000 strong crowd on his side.

But Edgar believes he has a way to win these over before the start of the game.

Matthew expects to be going into the game as the outsider but believes he has the game to beat the world’s number six following some big results on the pro tour this season, including wins over current UK open champion Robert Thornton and former World Masters champion Mervyn King.

With just four weeks to get ready for this huge event, Matthew is planning on sticking to normal practice routines with fellow PDC player and current players’ championship winner Kevin Painter, also from Daventry.

The event will take place at Fenton Manor sports complex in Stoke.

Sky sports announcer John Mcdonald will be there to call on the action along with a host of other TV personalities. Tickets for the event can be bought on the hotline 01782 234200.

But for those who cannot make it, Matthew will be tweeting results and photos from the night via twitter on his account @theedgar501