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Enfield darts player Ritchie Edhouse will be competing in the PDC World Championship this month at Alexandra Palace

Ritchie Edhouse will be competing in the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace this month (credit PDC Europe)
Ritchie Edhouse is competing in the PDC World Championship (credit PDC Europe)

An Enfield darts player insists he can “beat anyone” as he prepares to take on the world’s best this month.

Ritchie Edhouse, who can often be seen throwing darts at Ponders End Working Men’s Club, recently reached the semi-finals of the Players Championship 25 to secure his place at the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) World Championship at Alexandra Palace, starting on 15th December.

Ranked 54 in the world, Ritchie’s appearance at Ally Pally this month will be his fourth in the world champs. He has twice reached the last 64 of the tournament but believes there’s no reason he can’t go all the way this time around.

“I’m practising a few hours a day, three or four days a week, and I’m feeling good,” Ritchie says. “My aim for the worlds is firstly just to play well, because if I bring my top game I can beat anyone. I’m hoping for a good run at the worlds to kick-start next season.

“I play darts at Ponders End Working Men’s club, two nights a week, and it’s definitely picked up my game a lot in the last year.”

At the Players Championship, Ritchie beat former world champion Peter Wright and UK Open champion Andrew Gilding, before narrowly missing out in the semi-finals to Ryan Joyce.

The PDC World Championship is broadcast live on Sky Sports from Friday, 15th December, until Wednesday, 3rd January.