Darts ace Mark Dudbridge reflected on his stunning victory over world champion John Part and insisted: “I am not going to get carried away.”
The level-headed bricklayer from Bristol caused the biggest upset of the 2004 Ladbrokes.com World Championship last night with a 4-3 win over the Canadian.
It was Part who was jumping for joy 12 months ago when he defeated 10-time champion Phil Taylor in one of the most memorable finals ever witnessed at Purfleet’s Circus Tavern.
But although Dudbridge played to the vociferous crowd immediately after his win, he refused to let himself think too far ahead when asked if he could go all the way.
“It is a massive win,” said the 30-year-old. “I did say in the interview that it is the biggest win of my career, but it can’t be because it’s only the third round of a World Championship.
“The biggest win of my career has got to be the final of the Winmau World Masters. That (victory against Part) was a close second – very close.
“In perspective, it is only one game. I happened to beat the world champion, but it is only one match.
“I have got another tough one to come. I am not going to let myself get carried away and will try to do a solid job in the next round.”
Dudbridge came from nowhere to win the Winmau World Masters in Bridlington last year, defeating the likes of three-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld and Steve Beaton along the way.
And he admitted that he felt extra pressure as a young title-holder trying to make his mark on the PDC circuit.
“There is a lot more pressure out there and I did find it difficult,” he added. “Maybe it is because I won a world title and it was tough carrying that around for a year.”