ST Helens darts ace Dave Chisnall will face Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor in the second round of the World Darts Championship.
Former Lakeside finalist Chisnall (pictured right) brushed aside Mark Dudbridge to set up the mouth-watering tie next Tuesday (December 27) at London’s Alexandra Palace.
It will be the ultimate test for the 31-year-old, who reached the second round with a crushing 3-0 victory over 2005 finalist Dudbridge, of Bristol, on Sunday night.
And according to former great Eric Bristow, if he can show more consistency hitting his doubles, then he is capable of beating the 15-times world champion.
Chisnall said: “I have always wanted to play Phil, and I will get my first chance next week.
“You have to hit your doubles early in the game against him, because otherwise he will punish you.
“But I am confident I can give him a game.
“I felt confident coming into to the championships, and if I can hit my doubles on a more regular basis, I will show what I can do.”
Chizzy, who joined the PDC at the start of the year after reaching the 2010 BDO World Championship final, made light work of Dudbridge, hitting three 180s in the first to four legs match, and finished off proceedings with a 90 check out.
Fellow St Helens professional Alan Tabern is also through to the second round, after defeating Christian Perez of the Philippines 3-1.
Tabern, 45, said: “I feel a little lucky and also relieved to reach the second round.
“If you are playing Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, or James Wade, you have different pressure, and you have to play your normal game.
“But when facing someone you are expected to beat, there is more pressure when people think you have an easy game.”
He now meets No.9 seed Paul Nicholson, and that will be almost as big a mountain to climb as the one facing Chisnall.
But good luck to both lads, who have already done the town proud on the oche over the past few years.