Peterborough sharpshooter Dennis Harbour will be looking to take a step closer his world championship target this weekend.
An ankle injury ruled Harbour out of last month’s BDO British internationals and Welsh Open, but he’s back on the oche this weekend chasing the ranking points he needs to qualify for the BDO Lakeside World Xhampionship.
The 53 year-old from Dogsthorpe heads to Brean Sands in Somerset for the BDO International Open.
He goes there in the best form of his career having won the last three major tournaments he’s entered - the Scottish, Latvian and Isle of Man Opens - to climb up to number 40 in the rankings.
The players ranked in the top 16 at the end of September will be seeded for next year’s BDO world championship at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green - and that’s Harbour’s target.
He hopes to pick up enough points from the next four events - starting at Brean Sands this weekend - to break into the top 16.
Following the International Open this weekend, Harbour heads to Selsey in Sussex for the England Open on June 19-21 and in August he’s going to the French Open.
Harbour hasn’t played at the World Championships since 2006 when he suffered a first-round exit to Jelle Klaasen, who went on to become the youngest ever winner of the trophy that year by beating Ray van Barneveld in the final.
Last year, Harbour missed out after losing in the final qualifying round of matches.
He said: “If you’re in the top 16, you’re going to the Lakeside and that’s what every dart player wants. I would love to get there again, reach the later stages and who knows, maybe even win it?
“Everyone is saying they’ve never seen me playing better and I’m used to playing all the best players on the circuit, so they don’t worry me.
“Even if I don’t get into the top 16, I can still qualify, but I would rather do it without having to go through the qualifying tournament.”
Harbour admits his ankle injury was a “setback.”
“I was winning everything,” he said, “and the injury came at the wrong time. I missed out on a few tournaments and it was a setback.
“But I’ve been playing well locally over the last couple of weeks and averaging around 100. The form has come back.”
POST OFFICE SINGLES
There’s another open knockout singles tournament at the Post Office Club in Bourges Boulevard tomorrow (June 5).
It’s £3 to enter, registration is at 7.45pm and there’s a guaranteed £50 prize.
Winner of the last tournament was Dennis Harbour.