CWMBRAN’S Nick Kenny will go up against two-time world champion Gary Anderson in the next stage of the PDC Home Tour next Thursday, writes Chris Kirwan.

Kenny earned a place in the second stage of the tournament, in which players take part in their own homes and stream videos for viewers, by upsetting the odds on night five of round one.

The 27-year-old was the lowest ranked player in his group but triumphed against Luke Humphries, Joe Murnan and Devon Petersen.

Kenny will have to repeat the trick if he is to move through to the semi-finals after being drawn against Anderson, Humphries again and fellow Welshman Jamie Lewis in group three.

Anderson improved his internet connection to take part in the competition after initially sitting it out.

Ranked ninth in the world, the 49-year-old ‘Flying Scotsman’ won back-to-back World Championships in 2015 and 2016.

Humphries, who is ranked 34th in the rankings and won his first World Youth Championship title last year, grasped his second chance in the tournament last week to make the last 32.

Lewis caused a stir on opening night when he topped a group containing world champion Peter Wright.

The 28-year-old from Carmarthen is 60th in the PDC order of merit and made the semi-finals of the 2018 World Championships, when he beat Wright.

Round two starts on Tuesday and there are eight groups with the winners progressing to the semi-finals. The four-man final will be on Friday, June 5.

All groups will be in a round-robin format with matches played to the best of 11 legs.

Kenny will hope to keep impressing after making a promising start to life in the PDC following his move from the BDO.

The Wales international reached the last 16 and last 64 of Players Championship events at the Barnsley Metrodome then made the last 16 of the leg in Wigan before coronavirus put the tour on hold.