Bunting’s out for nine-dart Norris
ALAN NORRIS is aiming to emulate the success of Stephen Bunting after making the move onto the PDC circuit.
And he made an immediate impression with TWO nine-dart finishes inside five days.
The Somerset-born ace lost out to Bunting in the 2014 BDO Lakeside Championship final, before his conqueror crossed darts’ divide 12 months ago.
Bunting has since soared into the PDC’s top 32, reaching the World Grand Prix semis, knocking out Phil Taylor in the European Championship and being named in this year’s Premier League line-up.
Norris – along with fellow Lakeside stars Robbie Green, James Wilson and Jan Dekker – moved across to the PDC circuit last week.
He fired in a nine-darter at Qualifying School and repeated the stunning feat on Sunday in a European tour qualifier.
The 42-year-old is now setting his sights on matching Bunting’s rise up the rankings to challenge the likes of Taylor, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson for major honours.
“That would be a fairytale for me,” he said. “What Stephen did – to not defend his title in the BDO and do what he’s done, moving up the rankings and gettng a Premier League spot – is phenomenal.
“There’s no reason why I can’t do that, but you’re asking Yeovil Town to win the Premier League! It’s a tough ask, but you can make dreams come true.
“I’ve got great mates at the BDO, but it was time for a change for me. I have played in the Grand Slam and the whole set-up is more professional and, if you’ve got the bottle to give it a go, you can get rewarded.”