Clark begins his climb back up
PUBLISHED: 15:54 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 14:58 24 August 2010
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By Ziad Chaudry JASON Clark s quest to get back into the world elite of PDC Darts continued with mixed fortunes last weekend at Crawley. The Cockney Jock from Shepherd s Bush was dubbed the comeback kid during his opening round matches of the Players Ch
By Ziad Chaudry
JASON Clark's quest to get back into the world elite of PDC Darts continued with mixed fortunes last weekend at Crawley.
The 'Cockney Jock' from Shepherd's Bush was dubbed the comeback kid during his opening round matches of the Players Championship against Sam Allen and Scotland's world number 33 Gary Anderson on Saturday.
The 41-year-old triumphed 6-3 on both occasions after overturning a losing position - but his run ended in round three when Rick Lowther produced some excellent high-score finishing to win 6-3.
But, despite crashing out to Louis Blundell in the opening round of the UK Open qualifiers the following day, Clark - currently ranked 100 in the world - was pleased with his weekend effort.
"I'm happy considering I've been out of the game for 18 months," said Clark. "Gary Anderson was a really big scalp for me because it shows I'm making the right steps to climb back up the rankings.
"Rick Lowther just threw me by the way he scored his finishes. There are no easy games here any more because the standard is so unbelievably high."
Clark's lengthy absence from the oche came about due to a combination of tendonitis injuries and a suspension, but he believes he can recapture the form that took him to number 34 in the world between 2005 and 2007.
Another motivation for the father of five is to raise funds for Help for Heroes - he donates half his winnings to the charity for wounded British Armed Forces servicemen and women.
"The tendonitis problems and ban didn't help but I'm back and moving on," he added. "It's all starting to knit together. You never give in because you have to play through it.
"My main aims are to earn money for Help For Heroes and qualify for the televised events, but more importantly get back into the world's top 50 by the end of the year, which I strongly believe I will do.