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Rand keen to focus on arrows

Scott Rand is ready to start the tournament that he plans to make change his life.

The 36-year-old is currently working full-time as a lorry driver and hopes to build on his semi-final appearance at last week's Players Championship with a good run at the 2012 Ladbrokes World Championship.

'Cool Hand' picked up 15,000 for his journey to the last four in Doncaster, where he lost to eventual winner Kevin Painter after claiming the scalps of James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld, and he has explained just how important his debut appearance at Alexandra Palace is.

"My main motivation isn't to win the World Championship as my motivation is to do well enough to give up working for a living and play darts for a living," he told Sportinglife.com.

"Once I get to that point and I can practise all day like these boys, then we will see how far I can go.

"If I can earn a year's wages and give up that job, then next year they will be looking at a different prospect when they play me.

"It could change my life and I plan to make it change my life."

Rand revealed just how tough it is for him to practise his darts with 50 hours of work during the week and three children, two dogs and a cat to take care of.

"A typical day is start at half-past seven, work all the way through to half-past five, home for six and walk the dogs until seven, play with the kids until eight, practise until nine, spend an hour with the wife until 10 and then bed before doing it all again.

"Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat that's my week. Now if I can get rid of that job and practise for four or five hours-a-day, then watch out everybody.

"I've only been playing darts three years doing an hour's practise a day.

"If I can get here now doing an hour a day for three years, give me a year doing four hours a day then you can do the maths."

The Coventry-based darter opens his bid for glory against fellow Midlander 'The Pieman' Andy Smith and he says it will be an interesting challenge coming up against a man he holds in high regard.

"Andy is a good friend and he is one of the nicest fellas in darts.

"There will be good sportsmanship involved and I'm looking forward to playing Andy.

"I've just got to carry on what I have been doing with the added incentive of the last few weeks' practise going really well.

"I think I'm peaking at the right time."