Bunt­ing’s out for nine-dart Nor­ris

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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.”

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