It’s finally here. As the weather grows colder, and the nights draw in, we all wait with baited breath for the arrival of all manner of spectator to the Alexandra Palace for the newly branded Cazoo World Darts Championship. Two Dunvegan Dynamos are in action at the Palace, with Jamie Clark missing out by the skin of his teeth, having been a win away from gracing the hallowed stage, as a result of a run at the TCH Qualifiers.

Consequently, two Dunvegan players are flying the flag in the north of the capital, with the first to take to the Oche will be Cameron Menzies. Cammy comes into the Worlds after a good weekend in Minehead, beating the soon to be World Youth Champion Josh Rock, before losing to eventual winner Michael van Gerwen in a tight affair. It’s been a successful first year on the Tour for the Muirkirk Maestro, reaching the aforementioned PC Finals. He boasts a running average of 92.29 in 2022, and a Front 9 Average of 101.38, and comes into the tournament ranked 84th in the world having accrued £32,750 this year.

His debut at the Palace will be up against Diogo Portela, the Brazilian who’s become a regular at Ally Pally courtesy of winning the South American Qualifier. He’s only ever won once at the Worlds, whitewashing Steve Beaton in 2021. Portela, who also featured at the UK Open in 2022, has running average this year of 83.56 and a Front 9 Average of 90.84. He doesn’t currently hold a Card, but is determined to secure one soon.

The winner gets a Second Round tie against Vincent van der Voort, the ‘Dutch Destroyer’, who will be a tough challenge, even if he hasn’t been at his best in recent times.

The match is the second of the Evening Session on Saturday night, with Sky starting broadcast a little later than usual at 8pm. You can watch the game through PDC partners around the world.

So, all that’s left to do is wish the Big Man good luck ahead of his bow at the Palace.

Ryan Segal @theryansegal