DENNIS Priestley is looking for a home town boost for the first major darts tournament of the year.
The Menace joins 31 of the top throwers from the PDC at the Doncaster Dome from tonight in the Players Championship Finals, chasing a £60,000 prize.
Priestley takes on Andy Hamilton in tonight’s second match and is sure to get a warm reception when he enters the arena.
The 60-year-old received a deafening ovation when he played in the 2007 Premier League in Sheffield and will receive a similarly warm welcome on a rare tournament outing in front of an audience in his home town.
Should he beat Hamilton, Priestley will meet the winner of the clash between good friend Colin Lloyd and young Dutch hotshot Jelle Klaasen in Saturday’s second round.
The tournament sees the top 32 players based on rankings from non-televised Players Championships competing.
Australia-based Paul Nicholson won the event last year but will not be back to defend his title after failing to qualify following a poor 2010.
Phil Taylor is in action tomorrow night against Steve Brown while world champion Adrian Lewis closes the first round against Steve Beaton.
Tickets for the Players Championship Finals are still available, priced at £20 and £25, by calling 01302 370777 or at the Dome Box Office.