Claydon’s sights set on making it to World Darts Championship

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Brett Claydon admits it would be ‘a dream come true’ if he could reach this year’s PDC William Hill World Darts Championship, writes Graham Clark.

Soham-based Claydon will attempt to reach the showpiece event on the darting calendar at Alexandra Palace when taking lining up for the PDPA World Championship Qualifier at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Monday.

“Making the world championship is what every darts player wants to do,” said Claydon. “Every year I set realistic targets and goals and I have hit mine this year.

“To make the world championships would be out of this world and it would be like a dream coming true for me.”

Claydon, who plays for Burwell in the Cambridgeshire Super League, will face a field that includes former world number one Colin Lloyd, former world championship finalists Mark Dudbridge and Peter Manley and former world youth champions James Hubbard and Arron Monk.

Despite a strong field being assembled, the 31-year-old has claimed he does not fear anyone he will come up against.

“It doesn’t really matter who I am up against as although this is a strong field I have beaten better players this year,” said Claydon. “Like with every tournament I will go in feeling confident and if it is to be my day it will be my day.

“I know I have the game to do it and I just that little bit of luck to hit the right shots at the right time.”

Claydon was given an additional confidence boost at the weekend when chalking up victories over two of the most recognisable names on the PDC circuit during events 19 and 20 of the Players’ Championship.

After defeating Jeff Batham 6-5 in round one of event 19, Claydon ousted 2012 world championship runner-up Andy Hamilton, before going down 6-5 to Matt Padgett in round three.

Event 20 saw Claydon make his way past Ronnie Baxter 6-4, before losing 6-4 in round two to Johnny Haines.

“Although I beat both Andy Hamilton and Ronnie Baxter, it was probably not my best weekend of darts,” said Claydon. “I one chance to break Matt Padgett in event 19 when it was 4-4, but after hitting two bulls I missed double 16.

“Despite the defeats though, I was happy to reach as far as I did.”