DARTS: Horspool’s heroics help to seal memorial success

Russian roulette: Anastasia Dobromyslova is flanked by Daniel Carrell, Dave Piccaver, John Denton, Eddie Grange, Chris Sands-Pearce, Barry Bell, Ashley Allen, John Hall, Lisa Merrison and James Truman at a recent darting exhibition at Long Sutton RBL. Photo: SG270411-261TW (TIM WILSON)
Russian roulette: Anastasia Dobromyslova is flanked by Daniel Carrell, Dave Piccaver, John Denton, Eddie Grange, Chris Sands-Pearce, Barry Bell, Ashley Allen, John Hall, Lisa Merrison and James Truman at a recent darting exhibition at Long Sutton RBL. Photo: SG270411-261TW (TIM WILSON)
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MARVELLOUS Mark Horspool landed the Holbeach and District League’s Wally Seaton Memorial Cup with a near flawless showing.

The New Saracen’s Head ace dropped only one leg in the final three stages of the Tigers SC event, pocketing a cool £175 in prize money in the process.

Horspool, who threw two 180 maximums, beat Gary Mace 3-1 in the last eight.

He was joined in the semi-finals by Stuart Seaton, who beat Rick Seaton 3-0, Shaun Shailes (defeated Mark Waters 3-1) and Dave Seaton, who saw off Eric Stanegvic 3-1.

Up against Five Bells C’s Dave Seaton in the last four, Horspool cruised to a 3-0 success to book his final spot.

There was better news for Five Bells team-mate Rick Seaton in the other semi though, as he knocked off Shailes 3-1.

The final proved to be pretty one-sided, with Horspool making throws of 140 (twice), 134 and 133 in an emphatic 3-0 win.

Rick Seaton did get £85 for being the runner-up though, while Dave Seaton and Shailes collected £30 for their efforts.

An impressive 49 entrants took part in the competition, .

• IN the ladies’ version of the competition, 17-year-old rising star Casey Horspool narrowly failed to make it a family double as the excellent Claire Ball took the spoils.

Ball was excellent all night, starting with a super 3-0 success over Lisa Merrison in the last eight.

Sharon Boldy progressed with a 3-0 victory over Patsy Pollard, Dawn Wright beat Lindsey Wignall 3-1 and Horspool got a bye to complete the semi-final line-up.

The on-song Ball advanced to the final with a 3-1 win over Boldy, leaving Wright to face Horspool in an eagerly awaited tie.

Wright would have fancied her chances, but it was the teenager who prevailed 3-1 to secure a date with Ball.

The final proved a step too far for young Horspool though, with Ball using her experience to secure a tidy 3-1 triumph.

As the winner, Ball pocketed a welcome £40, while Horspool helped herself to £20.

Overall, the Wally Seaton competitions were extremely well-supported, with a hefty £248.50 raised for local charities.

• DARTING fans still have to chance to see two of the game’s leading lights compete in Spalding.

Reigning world BDO champions Martin Adams and Trina Gulliver have agreed to compete at an exhibition in aid of Help For Heroes on May 12 at Spalding Services Club – and tickets are up for grabs.

Players from the local scene have been battling it out to compete against the duo, with 14 players winning through at events across South Holland over the past few months.

Legendary Deeping thrower Adams has won three BDO world titles and a hat-trick of BDO Masters gongs in a glittering career.

“Wolfie” is also the current England captain.

Meanwhile, the golden girl of darts Gulliver is a nine-time BDO world champion.

Tickets for the exhibition cost just £6. Call Ian Tilley on 01775 766436 or 07950143622, or Ivan on 01775 723955 for more information.