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Basingstoke darts star Paul Hogan qualifies for Lakeside
BUCKSKIN darts ace Paul Hogan is celebrating after earning a place at the 2014 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships.
The 50-year-old will compete on the British Darts Organisation’s biggest stage, just up the M3 at Lakeside, in Frimley Green, during the first week in January.
Hogan qualified for the event via the international play-offs, which took place in Hull last week. More than 100 players competed for just four places at Lakeside, needing to win at least six matches to make it through.
Hogan, who lives in Blackdown Close, received a walkover in his first match as Italian opponent Danielle Sergi failed to appear. He then beat Davey Green, Aaron Patrick Hardy, Gary Stone, Stewart Rattary and Peter Sajvani in best-of-three-leg matches.
The Basingstoke man’s prize is a preliminary round match against Czech player Karel Sedlacek, with the winner meeting 15th seed Scott Mitchell in the first round proper.
Hogan, twice a quarter-finalist at Lakeside, last qualified for the worlds in 2007. He admits that he thought his days of playing on the big stage were gone and is delighted to be back.
“To be honest, I thought I had played my last match at the worlds,” he said. “I’m really happy to have got through again. Playing in front of a big crowd like that will be really exciting.
“I have got confidence in myself, have been playing well over the past few months and it all worked out. It was good to get through because it was a tough day, with a lot of people playing.”
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