Phil Taylor has 16 world titles to his name.
Phil Taylor has 16 world titles to his name. Contributed

Local hero ready for Phil Taylor challenge

LOCAL favourite Jeremy Fagg says he is just going to enjoy himself when he takes on Phil "The Power" Taylor at the Townsville Stadium on Thursday night.

Fagg, nicknamed Jezza, defeated Scottish veteran Jamie Harvey 6-2 on the first evening of News Corp's International Pro Darts Showdown Series in north Queensland.

The Townsville product was backed by a huge home support at the Murray Sports Complex and expects the same on Thursday night.

He said he was happy to have got through to reach the quarter-finals and face up to the 16-time world champion.
"When they first announced it obviously everyone wants to draw Phil," Fagg said.

"But the only goal I had was to win my first game so I could get to play Thursday night.

"I am really happy how it turned out and I am sure the home crowd will be as well.

When the tickets went on sale I got on to all my friends who I play with and I ended up selling 119.

"There will be a good crowd singing for me and because I am a local boy there will be people I don't even know barracking for me which is great."

Fagg said he knew he was a big underdog against Taylor but was just going to try and savour the moment and try to concentrate on his own game.

"I do my own practice, so I try to put that into the match," he said.

"I will just try and do what comes natural and play the game at the same time I will be excited because I am playing Phil Taylor.

"It's going to be great fun, I can't wait."

Fagg was joined in the quarter-finals by Geelong's Lucas Cameron, who came from 3-0 down to defeat former American No.1 John Kuczkinski 6-5.

Another Geelong player, Tic Bridge, was too strong for Australian darts veteran Russell Stewart, winning 6-1.

Taylor defeated indigenous All Star player Greg Major from Rockhampton, 6-1 before Kyle Anderson also won through to the last eight with a 6-4 win over Raymond Smith.

South African No.1 Devon Petersen lost for the third time on the month-long tour in the first round, going down 6-4 to Rhys Mathewson from Victoria.

Andy Hamilton continued his good form of the series, defeating Ipswich's Gordon G Mathers 6-2 before the Dream Maker, Dimitri Van den Bergh defeated Sydney's Pat Molloy 6-2.


Thursday quarter-final line-up

Lucas Cameron v Tic Bridge

Jeremy Fagg v Phil Taylor

Kyle Anderson v Rhys Mathewson

Andy Hamilton v Dimitri Van den Bergh

News Corp Australia

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