McDine targeting third round in UK Open

Kevin McDine in action during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 22, 2010. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire.
Kevin McDine in action during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 22, 2010. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire.

Irthlingborough’s Kevin McDine is hoping to battle through three matches in one night and earn a place in the third round of the PDC Speedy Services UK Open.

‘SupaMc’, who plays for Northamptonshire and who reached the last 16 of the UK Open two years ago, will begin his campaign in the preliminary round against Kirk Gordon at the Reebok Stadium tomorrow night.

Should he be successful, he will then face either Steve Brown or Michael Barnard in the first round and another win would set up an all-Northamptonshire clash with Daventry’s Matthew Edgar in the second stage.

The first three rounds of the ‘FA Cup of Darts’ all take place tomorrow night with the third-round draw, which will include the best players in the world, being made at the end of the evening.

And McDine, who was beaten by fellow PDC ProTour colleague James Richardson in the semi-finals of the Northants Open over the bank holiday weekend, is feeling confident ahead of the trip to Bolton.

“I have just got a new set of darts and they were flying out of my hand at the weekend,” McDine said.

“I am really looking forward to it.

“It has been a while since I have been on the television and in a major competition.

“I haven’t had a great deal of luck on the Tour recently and lost a lot of games by the odd leg here and there.

“Hopefully it will be a case of onwards and upwards for me.

“I have got the chance to play a Northamptonshire derby in the second round but there is a lot of work to do before that.

“My target is to try to get to the third round and that will take a big effort. I believe I can do it.”

Rushden’s Richardson starts his tournament in the second round against Jim Walker while another Daventry player, Kevin ‘The Artist’ Painter is one of the 32 players who will enter in the third stage, which will be played on Friday night.