DARTS: Harbour won’t be rushed in clash of the veterans

Dennis Harbour in action against Darryl Fitton. Picture: David Gill

Dennis Harbour in action against Darryl Fitton. Picture: David Gill

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Dogsthorpe thrower Dennis Harbour says he’s in no rush to reach the quarter-finals of the BDO Lakeside World Championship tonight (January 6).

Harbour meets No 10 seed Martin Phillips in a clash between oche veterans with a combined age of 109!

At 54, Harbour, sponsored by John Beddows of Ebeneezers in Woodston, is the younger by seven months.

Like Harbour, Phillips, who made his debut at the Lakeside way back in 1991, has enjoyed a resurgence in his fifties.

He won the BDO World Masters in 2014 and there was no stopping him against Ted ‘The Count’ Hankey in the first round of this year’s world championship on Monday night.

Hankey, struggling to reproduce the form that took him to the BDO world title in 2000 and 2009, won just a single leg in the match.

Remarkably, Harbour says he’s never played Phillips - but says he knows what to expect from the Welsh left-hander.

Harbour said: “Martin’s quick and I’m steady. Ted got dragged into throwing quick and that put him off his game.

“I won’t be rushed.

“I’ve played quick throwers before and know I have to go up there and play my own game.

“I can’t play quick. That’s not my game.”

While Phillips breezed past Hankey in the first round, Harbour had to dig in to snatch victory over No 7 seed Darryl Fitton in a match that went to a sudden death final leg.

Harbour, making his return to the Lakeside after a decade away, said: “It was hard work. I had to really dig in and pull it out of the bag.

“It was very hot up there. The heat was intense. The sweat was pouring off me and my glasses were getting steamed up.”

Six times Harbour was a dart from defeat against Fitton.

He said: I just stood there and thought: ‘If he misses, I have to take my chance.’

“That’s what I did. I got the job done in the end.

“It was leg for leg all the way through the match. Neither of us were able to pull away. I made a good start to the match, then threw a few loose darts. I managed to pull through it and throw some good darts.

“I knew if I won the nearest the bull for the deciding leg I would be OK if I scored well and that’s how it turned out.”