2023 PDC Masters Champion Chris Dobey has his sights set on World Darts Championship success following semi-final defeat at the Nissan Masters.
Dobey won his first game against local star Adam Hunt, but lost out to eventual champion Rob Grundy in the semi-finals.
The event fell just a week before the PDC World Championships, which Dobey will be playing in.
The Newcastle United fan received a warm reception from the Sunderland fans in attendance. “It was a great event,” said Dobey. Great banter with the crowd. But Rob Grundy was quality, I had a 105 average and lost!”
In his game with Hunt, Dobey won the match with a 132 checkout. Hitting two bullseyes before pinning double 16 for the match. When asked about the checkout, Dobey said: “To be honest I was hoping it didn’t go in because I was playing my best friend. But when (the finish) is set up like that, I knew it was going in.
“So it is nice when (the darts) go in like that.”
The event is one of the last Dobey will play before entering the fray at Ally Pally on Friday, December 22.
“It is great preparation, playing with good lads at a really good standard.
“This is what you need before such a big competition.”
The Bedlington thrower will face either William O’Connor, or Bhav Patel in the second round of the tournament. But has his sights set on going all the way.
“I’m feeling positive, I’m playing well, practice is going well and I’m still winning on the big stage this year. So hopefully I can get the job done.”