Buoyant Simon Whitlock heads to Dublin this evening confident he is coming good at the right time to make a charge for the Premier League Darts play-offs.

Simon WhitlockThe 44-year-old kept alive his dreams of surging into the top four with a 7-4 triumph over Robert Thornton in Sheffield last week.

Leyland Paints sponsored Whitlock, then followed that up by claiming victory in the Speedy Services UK Open qualifier in Wigan last weekend, winning seven matches and defeating Michael van Gerwen 6-1 in the final of a tournament which attracted over 200 players.

“It’s been a brilliant few days for me and it’s just give me extra belief that I can go all the way and make the top four,” said Whitlock.

“The victory over Robert kept me in touch in the Premier League and to win the event on Saturday – particularly with beating Michael in the final – was a tremendous boost.

“I’ve been throwing well in practice and it’s great to see those results translate itself on to the match board.

“The important thing now is to maintain those standards and keep pushing.”

World number five Whitlock takes on Andy Hamilton in Dublin knowing victory will move him level on points with his rival.

“It’s another huge game against somebody above me in the table,” he added.

“Andy’s a tremendous player and really tough to beat because he is so gritty.

“I’ve got eight points at the moment and am probably going to need at least 15 or 16 to make the top four.

“There’s a lot of work to do but there’s still six games left for me to play and a lot can happen in that time.”

Whitlock has the superior record against Hamilton with the Australian taking 12 victories and 1 draw from 20 previous meetings.