Darts star on target for UK Open

Bedlington darts ace Chris Dobey is celebrating after qualifying for another major tournament.

Saturday, 18th February 2017, 7:15 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 7:51 am
Chris Dobey competing at the Grand Slam Of Darts. Picture by Chris Dean/PDC

The 26-year-old has reached the UK Open for the first time in his career after reaching the quarter finals of Qualifier Four, held last Friday at Robin Park Tennis Centre.

Dobey has managed to qualify in the top 32 of the UK Open Order of Merit, meaning he will start the tournament in the Third Round with the likes of current world champion Michael van Gerwen.

He said: “It means more than anything.

“Missing out last year, I just wanted to put things right and get a good start to the year.

“You’ve just got to forget about the first year and start from scratch. I’ve been playing in the build up and I’ve done enough to get into the top 32.

“It’s always good to start a new year off playing well and getting some good results. I just need to keep doing that and get through to the later stages and show them what I can do.”

The weekend began with a first round win against Madars Razma, before Dobey went on to get the better of Nathan Derry, Callum Loose, Barrie Bates and Mervyn King to set up a tie with mentor and two-time world champion Gary Anderson.

He added: “I had a good run and played some decent players. Every competition is tough, you’ve just got to get by and hope it goes well.

“It was a good game (against Anderson). I was neck-and-neck with him all the way up until six legs, but as he started going in front, I was on doubles after 12 (darts) and not getting a shot.”

Dobey has said going against Anderson was “tough”, but exited Qualifier Five and Six in the second and first round respectively, but he has his sights on the televised tournament next month.

“I wasn’t gutted (after the defeats) because I played well in the two games,” he said.

“Against Gerwen (Price) I had a couple of doubles to go up on him, but you have to forget about that and put it right the next day.

“It was just a poor last leg against Ricky (Evans) on Sunday and I was just happy to qualify for the UK Open.”