Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Posted: 30 Nov 2010 03:35 AM PST
The final two competitors for the Ladbrokes.com world darts championship were decided on Monday (November 29) when Alex Roy and Matt Padgett came through their qualifiers.
The duo will join 70 other players for the prestigious event, which takes place from December 16 to January 3 at London's Alexandra Palace.
Roy defeated Wayne Mardle 5-1 in their pivotal game during Monday's PDPA Qualifier in Derby. His success means he will make his 13th successive appearance at the World Championship.
Speaking after his success, a delighted Roy said: "It took a while to sink in at first but I'm absolutely delighted. This is the first time I've had to come through the qualifiers for the World Championship and it was really tough.
"I've known Wayne for a lot of years and it's a shame one of us had to go out. He gave me a good game but my doubles were great."
Padgett will be making his debut at the World Darts Championship after beating Mark Cox 5-3 in their key clash. The 28-year-old bowling alley mechanic is ranked 127th on the PDC Order of Merit and he admitted to being stunned with his achievement.
"It's the greatest moment of my life. I'm thrilled to bits with this, completed overwhelmed," he said.
"I wasn't really expecting to do so well in the qualifier because I'm still fairly new to the circuit and gaining experience on the PDC ProTour, but I can't wait to get on stage now."
Roy beat Padgett 5-1 in the final of the PDPA Qualifier, meaning he will go straight into the first round of the competition at Ally Pally. Padgett, meanwhile, will enter at the preliminary round stage.
Both players will have their sights set on progressing as far as possible in the tournament, which is expected to be dominated by the likes of Phil Taylor, James Wade, Raymond van Barneveld and Simon Whitlock.
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