CWMBRAN'S Nick Kenny is relishing the chance to go up against his darts idol on Thursday night.

The 27-year-old civil servant will head to his bedroom to take part in the second phase of the PDC Home Tour, a tournament where players face each other by streaming videos from their own home.

Kenny upset the odds in round one and his reward is a showdown with two-time world champion Gary Anderson.

Kenny is relishing the chance to go up against the 'Flying Scotsman' – who is ranked ninth in the PDC, 100 places ahead of the Wales international – in a group that also features Luke Humphries and Jamie Lewis.

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"I've been looking forward to the next round for a while," said Kenny, who moved from the BDO at the start of the year. "I knew it would be seeded, so I'd have one of the top players.

"Gary Anderson was my favourite player growing up and I'd love to give a good account of myself against him.

"I watched him when I was young and his throw was effortless, it was just 180 after 180. He was the best and I remember when he beat (Phil) Taylor and (Adrian) Lewis in the finals.

"I even liked his walk-on music and had that then until I got my own when I got well known enough!"

Kenny relished the underdog tag to win group five when he beat Humphries, Joe Murnan and Devon Petersen.

Making it through to the semi-finals would be an even bigger upset against Anderson, 2019 World Youth Championship winner Humphries and 2018 World Championship semi-finalist Lewis, who is from Carmarthen.

However, Kenny has worked his way into fine form since having to swap pub dart boards for one at his parents' house, with mum Lynne and dad Mike hearing a commotion from upstairs after a nine-dart finish.

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"I am missing darts but this Home Tour has been a bonus – I hadn't had a board up in the house since coming back to Cwmbran from Ebbw Vale," he said.

"I was a bit worried going into the first because I wasn't playing well at all. I actually did really well and that's carried on, I have an hour-and-a-half practice in the bedroom most nights and had a nine-darter the other week.

"I'd only hit one before, so that was great. I did give it a big celebration, it was just a release of tension.

"Practice is going well so now I've just got to do it in the same place on a Skype call, streamed to the rest of the world!"

Coronavirus has put a spanner in the works for Kenny in his first year since swapping the BDO for PDC.

He's working six days a week in the benefits office at Sovereign House in Newport city centre but hopes to soon be combining the day job with life on the road.

"I'd like to get into the Players Championship Finals but my main aim is to set a nice benchmark for next year," said Kenny.

"Because of coronavirus, if there's going to be anything then I'd think it will be crammed in for the rest of the year.

"I want to get into a position where I don't have to worry in two years' time about retaining my tour card. My aim is to stay in the top 64 and I can do that if I bring my A game.

"I'm not going to hit 110 average every day of the week, nobody is, but the standard between 95 and 105 would pick up a lot of wins and getting further into tournaments.

"I'd like to qualify for majors and maybe 'Ally Pally' (Alexandra Palace for the World Championships) is doable, but it's just stepping stones for me and it's not going to happen overnight."