Dennis Harbour reckons he can go all the way and win the BDO Lakeside world championship.
After a decade of trying to qualify for the championship, Harbour has returned to the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green and enjoyed a fairytale run through to the quarter finals.
He’s upset Darryl Fitton and Martin Phillips, seeded seventh and 10th respectively, and meets Jeff Smith in the last eight tonight (January 8).
The 54 year-old from Dogsthorpe said: “People have been asking me how far can I go and if I can raise my game and be more consistent, there’s no reason why I can’t win it.
“I’ve already knocked out two seeds - and I can play better than I have been playing.
“I can be more consistent and add a few points to my average.
“(Defending champion) Scott Mitchell and (No 1 seed) Glen Durrant are still in the championship and going well, but I’ve beaten them before on the circuit.
“But I don’t want to shout my mouth off and say what I’m going to do.
“I’m having a great time and I just want to keep enjoying it and see where I end up at the end of the week.”
Known as ‘The Silencer,’ Smith, a semi finalist last year, has shot down three-times champion Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams and Gary Robson to reach the last eight.
Smith is aiming to become the second Canadian to win the BDO world championship - after John Part in 1994 - and Harbour said: “I practised with Jeff before my last match and you could see that he’s got it and that he’s consistent.
“I know I have to raise my game - and so will he.
“I’ve never played over the best of seven sets before and I’m hoping it will suit me.
“I think it will.”
Harbour reckons he’s improving with every match at the Lakeside.
He came through a nail-biting final leg shoot-out against Fitton in the first round before powering past Phillips 4-1 after opening up a 3-0 lead.
Harbour, sponsored by John Beddows of Ebeneezers in Woodston, said: “I felt more relaxed against Martin than I did in the first round. I had more time to prepare and there were fewer nerves.
“I must have played well because Martin Adams bought me a drink afterwards for the first time ever !”
Adams, a first-round loser to Smith on his 23rd consecutive appearance at the BDO world championship, will be cheering on his Cambridgeshire team-mate tonight.
And the 59 year old from Deeping St James says he plans to back at the Lakeside next year.
He said: “The one milestone I want to achieve is my 25th consecutive year here, so I’ve got to be here next year for number 24.”