Local darts player Scott Mitchell will be aiming to continue his BDO World Championship title bid in tonight’s quarter-finals.
The darting sensation will be competing for a spot in this year’s final four, a step closer to a second major title, against Jim Williams at 7:45pm.
Should Mitchell progress, the 48-year-old could take on last year’s champion Glenn Durrant in a much-anticipated semi-final tomorrow.
But the Bournemouth-based thrower insisted in an exclusive interview with Buzz News that he was only focusing on one game at a time:
“I know it’s a cliché and everything, but we’re playing in the quarter-finals now and anything can happen. You try to concentrate one game at a time, and not worry about a semi-final until you get there.”
Mitchell is yet to drop a set at this year’s tournament, after easing through previous meetings with Oliver Ferenc and Krzysztof Kciuk, and admitted his confidence ahead of tonight’s showdown:
“I was probably feeling more confident when I played well after the first game, but you can’t always keep that standard up. I’m still in it, I haven’t dropped a set so I’m as confident as you can be really.
“I think I can go and play well in the next game. It’s all about getting yourself out there and playing well, that’s the secret.
“It’s not about worrying about your opponent, you try and shut everything off around you and do what you need to do to get your best game out there.”
The 2015 Lakeside champion still maintains his career as a full-time landscape gardener, but has the chance to move one step closer to title glory once again tonight.
“I feel ready to go and win it again,” Mitchell said. “I know it’s a long-term goal and it’s only three or four days away, but I’d love to.
“In the last couple of years I haven’t quite performed here as well as I’d liked to, but you’ve got to be in it to win it. I’ve got as good a chance as anybody.”
Listen to Mitchell’s exclusive interview with Buzz below:
Authors: Dan Davis and Molly Gardner