Scott Mitchell: Former BDO champion thrilled to be back at Grand Slam of Darts
Former British Darts Organisation (BDO) world champion Scott Mitchell is delighted to have a second chance to play at the Grand Slam of Darts.
Mitchell, 46, who won the Lakeside title in 2016 will play Adrian Lewis, Benito van de Pas and Chris Dobey.
He will face two-time Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) world champion Lewis for the first time in his career.
"You want to test yourself against the best out there. I'm looking forward to facing Adrian," Mitchell said
"We've chatted on Twitter a lot of the time about various things, but we've never actually met on the oche."
Mitchell, from Bransgore in the New Forest, made his Grand Slam debut in Wolverhampton last year.
Defeats by PDC stalwarts Peter Wright and Mervyn King were followed by a consolation victory against Dave Chisnall.
"It's great for the PDC to invite us BDO guys over to play," Mitchell told BBC Radio Solent. "But to get one of the qualifying spots is tough.
"I had to be inside the top four and being ranked number two has got me in.
"We only play maybe three times a year on television, whereas the PDC guys are on something like 28 times. So, what's normal for them, isn't for us.
"We'd probably be more comfortable playing a floor tournament without the cameras, but that's how it is and we have to get on with it."