Over The Top is ‘over the moon’ at quarter-final run

Dean  Winstanley.
Dean Winstanley.

Buxton-based thrower Dean Winstanley says he has taken plenty of confidence from his run to the quarter-finals at last week’s PDC Players’ Championship.

Winstanley, nicknamed ‘Over The Top’, recorded morale-boosting wins over Simon Whitlock and Jelle Klaasen before succumbing to Vincent van der Voort, 10-8 in the quarters.

“I think my form is slowly coming back,” he said.

“If someone had said to me last week that I’d reach the quarter-finals of the Players’ Championship then I’d have taken that - I’d have been over the moon.

“I missed a few doubles against him and that’s when my average dropped.

“But he was a good player and he showed he could hold his own.

“I had a dip in form earlier this year but everything has come together recently. I’m in the top 30 now and I feel fantastic.”

Winstanley, whose is married to Buxton darts ace Lorraine, is preparing for the PDC World Championships at Alexandra Palace. The tournament begins on Thursday December 18.

• See next week’s Advertiser for a feature on Dean and Lorraine.