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  • Writer's pictureJo Clements

From Kirkby Stephen to Lancashire

This year's Bank Holiday darts comp was at the fabulous Kirkby Stephen sports and social club. I had previously won the ladies title twice before but the BDO circuit in France and the dreaded Covid meant it had been a few years since I'd been.

This comp is run brilliantly by a fab few but enjoyed by many. Even after a few years absence it was still well attended. It was great to catch up with old friends and make new.

Unfortunately there wasn't enough ladies in attendance for us to have our own comp with equal prize monies to the men, but that didn't deter the organisers. They still ran a Ladies comp as well as putting the ladies into the men's, with a prize for the furthest lady.

This comp always does a great job raising funds for charity and this year was no exception with all the darters remembering the fantastic Les Tams and raising a fantastic £670 for the Air Ambulance.

I managed to get though a very strong men's field and into the quarter finals after so great darts and fab finishing. I managed 2 x 180, 72 in 2 twice and a sweet 123 on the bull finishes amongst others. I got furthest lady.

In the ladies comp, despite some good battles I didn't drop a single leg. I had a real battle against Yorkshire counties and my Scottish Open pairs partner Giffy Khaosoi.

My final against Ann Milligan was far from easy, both peppering the treble consistently. Apparently I was told after I'd played that I was up over a 90 + average after the first two legs. The third and final leg was a nightmare for both as we wired the doubles. However I managed to keep my clean sheet and won the title for a third time.

It was great to share victory with my nephew Callum Goffin, who went on to win the mens title. Keeping it in the family. Roll on next year!

Finally back to winning ways here's hoping I am over the slump I have been in of late. Here's hoping because its time for the Red Army to start its new crusade!

Oh Lanky Lanky, Lanky Lanky Lanky Lanky Lancashire!

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