McDine needs to be at his finest to match great van Gerwen

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Irthlingborough’s Kevin McDine knows he will have to produce his “A game” if he is to continue his run in the PDC’s Ladbrokes World Championship.

McDine will play world number two and last year’s finalist Michael van Gerwen in the second round at the Alexandra Palace on Sunday night after seeing off Wayne Jones in his opening clash last weekend.

The 3-2 win marked a successful return to the competition for McDine after a two-year absence.

And while many won’t fancy him to get past reigning Premier League champion van Gerwen, he insists he has “nothing to lose”.

“I was over the moon with the win against Wayne, especially the last set because I won six legs without reply to seal it,” McDine said.

“Getting back to the World Championship is one thing but you want to give a good account of yourself and you want to win the whole thing.

“So it was great to get through the first round and I am looking forward to playing Michael.

“I have nothing to lose. I have to go up there and play my A game and if I do that then I will have a chance of winning. If I don’t, I will get well beaten.

“It is amazing to be back at the Worlds.

“The crowd were brilliant with 
me and I can’t wait to get back on the stage.”

Kettering’s Ricky Evans will play his second-round match against Mervyn King on Monday night after storming to a superb 3-0 victory over Ronnie Baxter on his World Championship debut.

And Corby-based Paul Nicholson will play either Kevin Painter or Tomas Seyler in the next stage on Sunday afternoon after he saw 
off Stuart Kellett 3-0 in the first round.