Big night arrives for darts star Ricky

Kettering's Ricky Evans plays Michael Smith in the final of the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship at the 02 Arena in London tonight
Kettering's Ricky Evans plays Michael Smith in the final of the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship at the 02 Arena in London tonight

The big night has arrived for Kettering’s Ricky Evans as he prepares to play darts in front of over 10,000 people this evening (Thursday).

The 22-year-old is taking on Michael Smith in the final of the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship, which is on the bill for the McCoy’s Premier League play-offs.

Evans’ match will be screened live on television and will be played after the Premier League semi-finals which see Phil Taylor take on Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen up against James Wade.

The Kettering youngster earned his place in the final after coming through a gruelling day of action back in March as he defeated number one seed Aaron Monk in the semi-finals to set up tonight’s showdown with Smith.

It is the biggest night of the darts star’s career with the winner walking away with £10,000 in prize money while the runner-up will receive £5,000.

Evans has enjoyed a stunning start to life as a professional player and will also feature at the UK Open next month while he has also booked himself a spot in another senior major – the Grand Slam of Darts – later in the year.

And he believes he is the one with everything to gain and nothing to lose tonight.

“It is going to be tough, I know that,” Evans said.

“Michael is a great player and he was always the one to beat right from the start.

“It is going to be hard but even if I lose, I will still probably be happier than him. Everyone said the final would be between him and Aaron Monk and for me to ruin that was great.

“Michael is going to be very tough to beat but everyone is beatable. If you go up there and get it right then there is not much anyone can do about it.

“I know I can play, he knows I can play. It is going to be a matter of dealing with the surroundings. That is going to be as hard as playing the game itself.”

The McCoy’s Premier League play-offs, including the World Youth Championship final, are being shown live on Sky Sports 1 from 7pm.