Den­nis is de­ter­mined to get back on the big Lake­side stage

Darts - Euro­pean Clas­sic and Euro­pean Open

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Matt Bozeat DARTS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Den­nis Har­bour is on course for a re­turn to BDO Lake­side world cham­pi­onships. TheDogsthor­pedar­ter­isupto num­ber 19 in the BDO world rank­ings af­ter good re­sults in Black­pool last week­endat the Euro­pean Darts Clas­sic and Euro­pean Darts Open.

The top 24 in the rank­ings qual­ify for the world cham­pi­onship­sandHar­bouriseye­ing a place in the top 16.

That would make him a seed for the event that gets un­der­way in Frim­ley Green next Jan­uary

Har­bour reached the last eight ear­lier this year in front of the BBC cam­eras - up­set­ting Dar­ryl Fit­ton and Martin Phillips be­fore bow­ing out to Jeff Smith - and the 54 yearold looks back to his best af­ter un­der­go­ing treat­ment on a shoul­der in­jury.

He ad­mits he pl ayed throughthe­p­ainbar­ri­er­when help­ingEng­lan­dretaintheSix Na­tions Cup in Sligo in June.

“I had a stiff neck through­out the tour­na­ment,” said Har­bour. “But I still man­aged to win 50 per cent of my matches.

“I ended up with pain go­ing down my neck, along my shoul­der and down my arm.

“My­mus­cle­sal­l­knot­tedup. It was very painful.

“I went to see an os­teopath a friend rec­om­mended and it was money well spent.

“I was pretty con­sis­tent this week­end in Black­pool and my con­fi­dence is com­ing back.”

Har­bour reached the last 32 and last 64 of the events over the week­end and with four ma­jor rank­ing events to go be­fore qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the World Cham­pi­onship is de­cided, he be­lieves the top 16 is within reach.

The next rank­ing event is the Bri­tish Clas­sic in Selsey next month and Har­bour, spon­sored by John Bed­dows of Ebe­neez­ers in Wood­ston, said: “I’ve done the cir­cuit, main­tained my rank­ing and now I want to push on and crack the top 16 if I can.

“If I can do well in the next cou­ple of ma­jors, I canget into the top 16. I picked up 15 rank­ing points in Black­pool last week­end and I have to keep throw­ing con­sis­tently and keep pick­ing them up.

“It’s a big ad­van­tage to be a seed at the Lake­side. You are def­i­nitely more feared.”

Den­nis Har­bour in ac­tion on the Lake­side stage ear­lier this year.

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