Well, it’s been quite a year for me on the professional circuit. I’m now 31st in the PDC Order of Merit, and I’ve enjoyed some great televised victories which, in turn, has boosted my profile in the sport.
The last few weeks in particular have proved that I can compete with the very best on the world stage.
I played some of my best televised darts ever – hitting eight maximums along the way – to beat Benito van de Pas in the first round of the Unibet World Series of Darts.
Although I lost to James Wade in the second round, securing another win on live television showed that my ability to perform under pressure is growing quickly.
I then took to the stage at the Cash Converters Players’ Championship Finals – and arguably produced one of my best televised performances to date.
Playing Robert Thornton in the first round, I hit a maximum in each of the first five legs. I eventually won the match 6-5, and I was very happy with my average of more than 95.
It could all have been so much better too, as I came very close to beating Dave Chisnall in the second round.
Despite hitting seven maximums and achieving a three-dart average of more than 97, I was edged out 10-8 in a fantastic match in front of the cameras.
The events of the last few weeks have demonstrated that I’m growing in confidence in televised matches.
With some very important wins under my belt, I can head into the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace confident in the knowledge that my form is good as is my confidence.
Incidentally, I’ve just watched the draw for the 2016 showpiece at Alexandra Palace.
I’ll be taking on Daryl Gurney from Northern Ireland, and I’m more than ready for what is certain to be a very tough opening match.
Daryl just reached the semi-final of the Cash Converters Players’ Championship – beating World Champ Gary Anderson along the way – so it will be an opening day clash of two in-form ‘Young Pretenders’.
I’ll be concentrating on my own game, and I am really looking forward to it and to continued progress in the New Year.
By the way, on that subject, a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you all.