Evans to face Barneveld at Grand Slam

Ricky Evans is gearing up for the Grand Slam of Darts, which gets under way at the weekend
Ricky Evans is gearing up for the Grand Slam of Darts, which gets under way at the weekend
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Kettering’s Ricky Evans will be up against defending champion Raymond van Barneveld when he takes part in the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts.

The 23-year-old earned his place in one of the PDC’s major tournaments after reaching the World Youth Championship final earlier this year.

Evans was drawn against the five-time world champion as well as experienced pair Mervyn King and Tony O’Shea in Group D.

It has been a fine week for the Kettering youngster, who has burst onto the darts scene this year.

Last weekend, he picked picked up £5,000 as the runner-up in his first senior final as he enjoyed his best run so far on the PDC ProTour since winning a Tour Card in January.

Evans was beaten 6-3 by Brendan Dolan in the final of the Players Championship 13 in Wigan

Evans overcame Colin Osborne in the first round, saw off Ian Walters and then defeated both Gary Anderson and Ronnie Baxter 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

There, he squeezed past Jamie Caven 6-5 before ending Ian White’s bid for a second ranking title with a 6-1 victory in the semi-finals, but had to set for the runner-up prize in the final outcome.

The Grand Slam of Darts gets under way at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Saturday, although the full schedule for the matches is yet to be confirmed.

Read the thoughts of Ricky Evans in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph