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Darts: Ross Montgomery eyes Michael Van Gerwen test in Grand Slam of Darts

Daily Record logoDaily Record 19/10/2017 Paul Thomson

Ross ‘The Boss’ Montgomery is hoping for a reunion with world No.1 Michael Van Gerwen at the Grand Slam of Darts – 11 years after he beat the Dutchman.

The 55-year-old, from Greenhills, has qualified for the cross code event which sees the best of the BDO and PDC systems battle it out over nine days of competition in Wolverhampton next month.

Montgomery – ranked No.4 in the BDO – will be making his debut at the event and he is eyeing the two-time world champion in the group stages.

The Boss, who won the British Singles title last month, said: “It would be nice to play Michael.

"I haven’t played him since he was 17 when I beat him at the Scottish Open, but that was a very long time ago and he’s 100 times better now, obviously.

“He’d just won the Winmau World Masters at that age as well, so you could tell he was going to be good.

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“I’m really looking forward to playing with the professionals. Hopefully I’ll play one of the biggest names in the sport.

“The likes of Adrian Lewis or Gary Anderson would be good as well.

“To get the invitation to this event is an honour. I’ve had lots of advice on how to cope with it but I think I’ll just go out and play my own game and see where it takes me.

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“Whoever I get it will be difficult. These guys play darts for a living but I have a day job to go to so you can’t put in the kind of time and practice these guys do.”

The Grand Slam of Darts is televised live on Sky Sports between November 11 and 19 and Montgomery, who works as a handyman, will be in a group with two PDC qualifiers and a seeded PDC player.

He is guaranteed to face one of the top eight players in the world and only the top two in the group progress to the last 16.

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The odds will be stacked against him to qualify but The Boss said: “People will say on paper it will be the hardest challenge of my career, but it’s probably people who haven’t played at the Lakeside World Championships who would say that.

“Playing some big names in the game will be great but I’ve played guys in the BDO who are just as good.

“I’ve played Martin Adams, Scott Mitchell, Glen Durrant and a lot of the Dutch players and they are all capable of playing just as good darts as the players on the PDC.

“But it’s a chance to be on Sky Sports that most of us in the BDO don’t get and it will help get our names out there.

“One of the big things is that, hopefully, playing against players from the PDC will be good preparation for the Lakeside in January.”

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