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Chatham darts player Ross Smith determined to build on impressive showing at this year's BDO World Championships

Chatham darts player Ross Smith
Chatham darts player Ross Smith

By Luke Cawdell

Ross Smith has vowed to turn himself from an also-ran into a winner after his moment in the limelight at the BDO World Darts Championships.

Smith, pictured, was knocked out at the first round stage in 2009 and entered the tournament as a virtual unknown, but made it through to a quarter-final clash with BDO World No.1 Martin Adams.

Adams won 5-1 but for Chatham resident Smith, who pocketed £6,000 in prize money, it was a moment to savour.

He said: "To have played well and got to the quarter-finals meant everything to me. It was a dream come true. I played some good players and to have met Adams in the quarter-finals was all good experience.

"Next year I’m not going to be in it to make up the numbers, I’ll be looking to win it. I don’t want to just make the quarter-finals and the last 16. I want to go all the way in competitions now."

Smith was back practising at Rileys in Gillingham this week as he prepares for the Dutch Open.

He said: "I’ve a long month ahead with a lot of practice. I’m getting ready for the rest of the season and hopefully I can continue this form."

Picture: British Darts Organisation

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