IN-FORM Dorset darts star Scott Mitchell takes to the stage with England this weekend after being called up for the Home Internationals in Yorkshire.
The Bransgore-based player, who recently climbed to sixth in the BDO invitational rankings, is part of a 12-strong team to face Wales on Saturday (5.15pm) before taking on Scotland on Sunday (1pm) in Halifax.
His call-up comes on the back of strong showings in ranking tournaments with ‘Scotty Dog’ already filling nine of the required 12 ranking slots for a place at the world championships in 2015.
Mitchell’s latest run came in the Hal Open in the Netherlands two weeks ago where he won through five rounds to reach the last eight before being trumped 5-3 by Denmark’s Vladimir Andersen.
On the prospect of securing a Lakeside berth a matter of months into the season, Mitchell said: “I have played well lately and from this point it would take an absolute disaster for me not to make it.
“It’s great, it helps you to relax and play your natural game.
“My form is good. I enjoyed the two television tournaments at Lakeside and the World Darts Trophy and I have become more confident in taking my floor game to the screen since then.
“The pitfalls are always there but doing well in front of the cameras helps you to believe that you won’t fall foul of them.
“I’m really looking forward to representing England again, it always makes me feel incredibly proud.”