Ricky Evans believes he is capable of going further in the PDC’s Ladbrokes World Championship after taking the Alexandra Palace by storm this week.
The Kettering darts star eased to a 3-0 win over Ronnie Baxter in his first-round clash to set up a meeting with another seasoned professional in the form of Mervyn King in the second stage on Monday night.
The 23-year-old, who is in his first year on the Pro Tour, gained a lot of praise from pundits following his display against Baxter.
And he is hoping there is even more to come when he plays King.
“I think I have a chance,” Evans, who goes by the nickname ‘Rapid’ because of the speed at which he throws, said.
“Mervyn taught me a lesson when we played each other at the Grand Slam last month and hopefully I have learned from that.
“He is a good player but not one of the top seeds so if I can go and play my own game then I will have a chance.
“It was great against Ronnie. I won the first set in about four minutes and once I had that, I knew I could win.”
Evans, meanwhile, admitted he took a leaf out of Irthlingborough’s Kevin McDine’s book by wearing the colours of Kettering Town for his first-round match as he sported a red and black shirt, as well as wearing the club’s pin badge on his collar.
“I have followed the Poppies all my life and Kevin wears the colours of Newcastle United because that is where he is from originally,” Evans said.
“If he can do it for them, then I can do it for Kettering. I hope it helps put them back on the map!”