The local qualifiers for The Untouchables event in Eastbourne on Friday October 19 have been confirmed as Jim Withers and Dave Creasy.
Seven-time major title winner James Wade and five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld will be appearing in the tournament, alongside Vincent van der Voort, Dennis Priestley, Tony O’Shea and Terry Jenkins.
Withers and Creasy are both well-known players in the area and will be looking to topple the PDC players.
Withers has form for defeating professionals, notably beating Johnny Haines in the final of the 2012 Red Dragon Eastbourne Open.
He said: “I play professional players regularly and I’m always confident of beating them.
“I’m looking forward to playing some top players in this event and if I play like I can, I think I stand a good chance against whoever I’m drawn against.”
Creasy, 48, also believes he could cause an upset or two on the night.
He added: “I’m looking forward to it and I’ll give it a good go. If I can hit my doubles like I did in qualifying then I’m in with a chance.”
Tickets (from £25) for THE UNTOUCHABLES, Eastbourne Winter Garden, Fri 19 October are available by calling 08450 180 180 or via www.dartshop.tv
By Chris Murphy