How do you feel to be Number 1 in the averages ?
It has been my main target for the past few months once I realised I was in with a chance. When I look back at some of the winners over the years it puts me in good company. The reaction from my friends and family have also made it a good week for me, but yeah, well chuffed.
Will this averages win bring you an England selection?
Here’s hoping. To put on an England shirt would be the pinnacle of my career. I am a player who very rarely travels to events therefore, qualifying for the Worlds would only be via the play offs, so my realistic ambition is to play for England
What has been your highest position before this season?
I did win 9 out of 9 in 2005 and finished in 17th position. I have not played county for many years so to return this year and win the BICC averages is a real achievement
How long have you been playing darts?
I come from Grangetown in the Middlesbrough area and in the late 1980s darts was a real hot-bed there with players including Tony Eccles, Mark Eccles, Paul Skelton, Peter Searle, Andy Durrant, Colin Perry, Paddy Burgess and most importantly Darren Gamesby who got me started in the game. I played for a few years but alongside the game of Billiards of which I was regularly getting 100 breaks and actually took more seriously than Darts. I never threw a dart for 10 years until 1998 when I bumped into Albie Crane who asked me to return to Super league as they were 1 short. Between 1999 and 2002 I practised for 4/5 hours per day. I then created Teesside Ranking events in 2008 and by this point I was one of the best players in Cleveland. I have dominated these events and they have taught me how to win.
How many years have you played for County?
I have 62 caps for Cleveland and won 55 of them. Majority of games between 1999-2006. I returned to the county fold 2010/11 season
What is your biggest win?
I played Martin Adams in the last 16 of the World Masters on BBC and qualified for the last 32 of the UK Open at Bolton before being walloped live on Sky by Terry Jenkins. I have won 22 Teesside Ranking Events including 2 Grand Finals. My best county win average is 35.79. My Best Cleveland Super league win in 35.79 and Durham Super League was 36.66. In the Grand Slam qualifier least year in Barnsley I beat Martyn Turner of Yorkshire with a 41.75 ave however, the best match I played in was a pre-lim for a Cleveland World Qualifier against Neil Young and I won in 10,11 and 11 darts and when I turned around to celebrate not one person was watching !!
What is the future for Glen Durrant?
I know the perception that people have of me. Big fish small pond/Lacks ambition etc, however, I see things differently. Darts for me is a hobby, I have a great job that pays my mortgage and my bills with money left over to play darts. To get my England place I must travel and do some competitions, already I am booked in for the England Open and England Masters plus I will take the British Open more seriously this year (For the past 7 years it’s been nothing more than a social drinking event with the darts being secondary). So darts is a big part of my future but it won’t be a full time job for me. However, to all those doubters I AM HAPPY WITH THIS!
Do you practise a lot?, give me some idea?
I love to practise on my own for 1 hour EVERY night. I have a routine and it works for me. People who know me soon realise that I am a better player when someone shouts GAME ON. I have never been one for practising with the lads down the club
Has the PDC circuit got a pull for you to play in?
Who are your favourite players? –
Tony Eccles is the player I follow most. I grew up with him and will always remember his commitment to the game in his early 20s, he would think nothing of practising 10 hours with Kenny Dobson and had that real desire for the game. Most of my weekends are following his progress on the PDC tour refreshing the page awaiting his result. I just wish he could return to the form the year he won the Dutch and British Open and gave Merv King a pasting at lakeside before King’s antics affected him. Bizarrely, my other favourite player is Dave Gradwell of Northumberland. I watched him play Mac Murphy in 1999 at a final of a local competition and afterwards I thought ‘If only I could throw a dart like that!!’ Bigger picture I was in total awe of Phil Taylor in exhibition when one night his LOWEST score of the night was 140. Tony O’Shea is an absolute gentleman.
Who is your biggest fan?
My Dad very rarely misses a game and I always look out for my Brother Andy who knows when to shout or when I am struggling. My friends are fantastic and can make more noise than a full room of people and I love the way that winds up Tony Eccles/Claire Stainsby who are so jealous of the ‘Come on Duzza’ chants
Thanks to Glen