Huntly’s John Henderson doesn’t want to let all his supporters in the north-east down when he competes in the third round of the PDC Darts World Championship.
The Highlander, who has reached the third round of the event for the first time, takes on England’s Rob Cross at London’s Alexandra Palace later today.
Hendo has seen off Marko Kantele and fourth seed Daryl Gurney to reach this stage of the tournament, and as he eyes a place in the quarter-final, he thanked his loyal supporters and hopes to give them another match to remember this afternoon.
He said: “I get a lot of support through social media, and the North-east is fantastic – everyone gets behind me – especially the folk in Huntly.
“It’s really good the support they give me – I’m getting messages all the time.
“I play for the Masada Bar in Aberdeen and everyone is asking me when I’m playing on a Monday night.
“I go into my local bar and they say when I’m playing, the place is packed out.
“I didn’t realise how many people actually watch the darts now until you go into a supermarket and people say ‘oh, I watched your game’.
“So I must be putting darts on the map in Huntly.”
Cross will provide the Masada ace with a difficult match. He is the 20th seed in the tournament while Hendo is 29th.
Cross is someone who is expected to go on and become one of the top players in the world over the next few years.
This year has been a breakthrough one for the 27-year-old with qualification to the World Championship, the World Matchplay and the World Grand Prix all achieved in the last 12 months.
He was runner-up to Michael van Gerwen in the European Championship, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Players Championship finals and the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam.
Also on the oche this afternoon, is fifth seed Mensur Suljovic who takes on Dimitri Van den Bergh – the winner of this game will face either Henderson or Cross in the quarter-finals.
In the evening session, 16-time world champion Phil Taylor continues his pursuit of a 17th title before retirement when he takes on Keegan Brown.
Scotland’s two-time champion Gary Anderson, who has played in the last three world finals, will look to reach the quarter-finals when he plays Steve West.