PIPE DREAM JUSTIN TIME FOR PREMIER Taun­ton ace tar­gets top tour­na­ment

DARTS

Midweek Sport - - BOG BREAK -

JUSTIN PIPE is aim­ing to crown his rise into darts’ elite with a place in next year’s Premier League com­pe­ti­tion.

The Taun­ton thrower has been one of the form play­ers in the past 18 months – win­ning five rank­ing ti­tles and reach­ing the quar­ter­fi­nals of the World Match­play and World Grand Prix.

The 40-year-old is amongst a host of stars – in­clud­ing Michael van Ger­wen, Wes New­ton and Dave Chis­nall – bat­tling to make a Premier League de­but in 2013.

“Barry Hearn has told me I’ll get a Premier League place if I make the top four, and that’s what I’m af­ter,” said Pipe, cur­rently 11th in the Or­der of Merit.

“I don’t want to cut my nose off to spite my face though be­cause for some play­ers the am­bi­tion of get­ting into the Premier League has over­taken the rest of what they’ve been do­ing in that year.

“I felt sorry for Wes New­ton be­cause last year the Premier League was within his grasp and his game with me at the World Cham­pi­onship was mas­sive for him. It was on his mind and it ru­ined his game – and I took full ad­van­tage.

“I’m not go­ing to put my­self in that po­si­tion – I’ll just keep plod­ding on and if I make it then great, if not then that’s fine and I’ll carry on.”

He added: “It’s only re­ally my third year hav­ing a full-time go at the PDC cir­cuit, so I’m over­whelmed with how I’ve come on.

“A year ago I was some­thing like 36th – now I have over­taken Ray­mond van Barn­eveld and I am 11th in the world. It’s amaz­ing!”

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