Dean Winstanley brings Worlds qualification bid back home

Dean Winstanley
Dean Winstanley
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Dean Winstanley is aiming to quickly put his Grand Slam disappointment to bed and make sure of World Championship qualification.

The Conisbrough thrower will have home advantage in his bid to make it over the finishing line as the final two Players Championship events take place in Barnsley this weekend.

Winstanley has a £1,400 and four man cushion within the top 16 players of the PDC Pro Tour order of merit who will not qualify through the full PDC order of merit.

Decent performances on Saturday and Sunday from the 31-year-old should ease him into a place at the Alexandra Palace where he famously landed a nine dart finish last year.

“I’ve got that cushion but it can easily get eaten away if a few people have a good run,” Winstanley told the Times.

“Luckily I’ve got home advantage in South Yorkshire so hopefully I can put that to good use.

“I’ve not had the best of years but my performances are improving and hopefully it will all have come at the right time for making it to the Worlds and have a good run down there.

“The last thing people remember of me at the Worlds is me running off like an idiot when I hit the nine darter so I’ve got to put that right.”

Swinton-born Winstanley failed to make it out of the group stage at the Grand Slam for the first time as he was edged out on legs difference.

He beat Dutch speedster Vincent van der Voort in his opening match but lost to Michael van Gerwen and Kim Huybrechts in subsequent games.