Eccles warns Harms ahead of BDO World Darts Championship clash

VIPER VICTORIOUS: Tony Eccles
VIPER VICTORIOUS: Tony Eccles

TONY Eccles has told opponent Wesley Harms that he may as well pack his bags now if he plays the way he did in his first round at Lakeside.

The Viper takes on the Dutchman this afternoon in the second round of the BDO World Darts Championships, two days after his gripping 3-1 win against fifth seed Darryl Fitton.

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Harms, a 12th seed, beat fellow Hartlepool thrower Paul Jennings 3-0 on Saturday but cut a disappointed figure afterwards, claiming his game wasn’t up to an acceptable standard.

Eccles concurs, saying that the twice beaten semi-finalist can forget about reaching the last four again.

He told SportMail: “I’ve never played him but if he plays the way he did against Jenno he’s going home.

“His doubles were clinical against Jenno but he won’t get the chance to finish off his doubles against me.

“I don’t fear anyone.”

Eccles, too, was unhappy with his own first round performance and will be seeking to improve upon his scoring with his arrows today.

He added: “I don’t often lose under a 31 average and I won with 28 on Monday.

“To me that’s a poor game.

“I expected fireworks from myself today.”

Retirement will follow the conclusion of the tournament for Eccles and he is as optimistic as ever that he can call it a day as world champion.

“Of course I can go on and win it,” Eccles, who turns 44 today, declared.

“I’m over the first hurdle now, I’m on my way.”

The game is live on BBC 2 this afternoon and follows the Dave Prins–Stephen Bunting match, with the first throw likely around 3pm.