BDO world champion Glen Durrant says he is excited to face Adrian Lewis in the first round of the Betfred World Matchplay next week (Durrant 4/7, Lewis 11/8 Match Betting).

Durrant qualified for the tournament at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens after an impressive debut season in the PDC, with two non-televised Players’ Championship events to his name.

The Middlesbrough-born thrower, who only quit his full-time job in property a matter of months ago, was third on the Pro Tour order of merit – the best of the players not already in the top 16.

He prepares to take on 16th seed Lewis, who has never won the main prize in Blackpool despite a glittering career which includes two PDC World Championship titles (Lewis 66/1, Durrant 40/1 Outright Betting).

Should he beat Lewis and advance to the second round, he may well face world number one Michael Van Gerwen, who plays Steve Beaton in round one (Van Gerwen 6/5, The Field 4/6 Outright Betting).

However, Durrant is only focusing on his match with Lewis and says it is a clash he is relishing.

“Adrian Lewis is two times champion of the world, one of the real legends of the PDC,” Durrant told Sky Sports. “He’s 16th seed, incredibly, meaning I’m in the section with Michael van Gerwen as well, so it’s an incredible draw.

“I’m determined to enjoy myself. Not many people expected me to qualify for the Matchplay this year, so I’m really going to enjoy myself.

“I went there last year as a guest. It was just one of them moments that I thought “I’ve got to play here one day.

“The tradition, the building itself, the knowledgeable crowd, the heat, which I love. To qualify this year was momentous for me, it was huge and I’m delighted and so excited for next week.”

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