Part aiming to hit target in his native Canada

JOHN PART believes his stunning victory over Phil Taylor in the final of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship on Sunday night will help raise the sport’s profile in his native Canada.

The world number two admitted he was close to tears after clinching a dramatic 7-6 win over the 10-time world champion at Purfleet’s Circus Tavern.

Part suffered a heavy 7-0 defeat to Taylor in the final two years ago and finished runner-up to the Stoke sensation at the World Matchplay and World Grand Prix last year.

However, he finally overcame the game’s greatest ever player to win the coveted trophy and a cheque for £50,000.

The 36-year-old has already experienced success on the world stage with victory at the 1994 Embassy World Championship, but his achievements so far have not been widely reported back home.

“I get the odd bit of coverage of how I’m doing over here,” said Part. “Maybe a paragraph in the newspaper if I’m lucky, but at least they are picking it up. There are no live televised PDC events in Canada so that’s tough. There is also very little on tape.

“But I think it will bloom now. I think this will make all the difference and I’m sure the response back home will be positive.”

Part is also determined to build on his success and eventually become the number one player in the world.

“I always want to achieve more and expand my potential,” he added. “I think I’m still ranked number two in the world and it will be tough with Phil Taylor.

“I could probably achieve number one pretty easily if Phil kind of backs off a bit to give himself time to think. It’s up to what he does but I’ll keep pressing.

“I will be number one in the future. How long it takes depends on Phil, but I will be number one.”

COLIN MONK produced a solid display to end Shaun Greatbatch’s Embassy World Championship dream in Frimley Green last night.

Monk progressed with a 3-0 win over the Griston thrower.

Greatbatch’s inability to hit the doubles proved costly as Monk took advantage to wrap up a three legs to one success.

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