Rookie Kirk Shepherd will take on Canada’s John Part in the final of the Ladbrokes.com PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace on New Year’s Day.
Part secured his place after a resounding 6-2 victory over Kevin Painter.
The 41-year-old never looked in danger against his English opponent as a clinical display ensured the match came to a swift conclusion.
Painter had dumped out reigning champion Raymond van Barneveld in the third round but he was severely outclassed by Part, who never looked back after storming into a two-set lead early on.
Part will now have the opportunity to claim his second World Championship title after his triumph in 2003 made him the first non-British player to claim the trophy.
He has been in imperious form during his run to the final and saw off the threat of James Wade in a tense quarter-final yesterday – eventually coming through 5-4.
Part will take on Shepherd after a 6-4 victory over Wayne Mardle in the second semi-final.
Shepherd had taken his place in the last four with a victory over Peter Manley, while Mardle had made it through to the semis after a sensational victory over Phil ’The Power’ Taylor.
Part is a past winner of this event – at the Circus Tavern in 2003 – but admitted he still faced a “big match” to beat 21-year-old Shepherd.
“I have the advantage in the sense that I’ve won the world championship before,” Part told Sky Sports.
“It’s always been in my plans to win it for a third time, but I’m still one big match away from that.”
Shepherd added: “I’m on cloud nine. I believe I can beat anyone on my day and I’m here to win this now.
“John has beaten me once 3-2 in Holland so he won’t fear me, but I won’t fear him.”