Silent Assassin vows to turn on the style

Keegan Brown. Picture: Mick Young
Keegan Brown. Picture: Mick Young
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Keegan Brown insists he is not fazed by the prospect of his first appearance at the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace tonight.

The 22-year-old, from Newport, Isle of Wight, will be the first man stepping up to the oche when he faces three-time world champion John Part (7.10pm).

After first throwing a dart at the age of nine, Brown will now walk out on the sport’s biggest stage.

But the current world youth champion is full of self-belief and is determined to live up to the giant-killing reputation which gave him the nickname The Silent Assassin.

He said: ‘This is the biggest stage that any darts player will play on.

‘But I don’t think being on TV or the number of people in the crowd will faze me at all, I’m just looking forward to it now.

‘Being the first match, everyone will be watching, however, to me it is just another game.

‘I’ve just got to ensure I play darts the way I know I can and do my best to get past John in the first round.’

In preparation for his championship debut, Brown played at the Untouchables tournament at Portsmouth Guildhall last month.

He lost out to world number three and dual world champion Adrian Lewis that evening.

The islander is no stranger to playing against darts’ elite but will take nothing for granted as he aims to make the most of the whole experience.

Along with the other 64 players in the World Championship, Brown is keen to take each game as it comes.

However, having already played a lot of the top-ranking players, he admits he has lost the element of surprise that may have been his advantage.

‘I don’t really have the advantage of being an unknown but hopefully I can live up to my nickname of The Silent Assassin,’ added Brown.

‘I’ve had experience against the top-ranked players on the pro tours.

‘As a youth player I have played against some of them before.

‘Everyone wants to get into the final but only two of us can.

‘I want to go as far as I can but this is my first year and I will just be taking each match as it comes.’

Opening up the competition will cap a fantastic year for Brown, after he took the world youth crown for the second time.

He then reached the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton last month – beating both Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld along the way.

If the Newport player beats Part, it could lead to a rematch with Lewis in the second round eight days later.

Brown added: ‘It doesn’t matter to me that there is such a long break between matches.

‘If I do go through, then I can use that time to practice. Either way, I’m going back to work on Monday.

‘It could be a repeat of the Grand Slam – if I get past John then I might face Adrian and could potentially face Raymond – but I’ve got to get past the first hurdle first.

‘I’ve just got to go out there and show my magic.’