Good Times: Charity darts night is the tops

Darts champion Dennis Priestley with Josh Smith at a charity darts night at Rastrick Bowling Club
Darts champion Dennis Priestley with Josh Smith at a charity darts night at Rastrick Bowling Club

The Friday night Darts Exhibition was a massive success at the Rastrick Bowling and Social Club, and after paying what was due to put the evening together, the charity is a whopping £500 better off.

The evening was in aid of SCARD, a charity for people who have suffered injury or loss through road traffic accidents.

The night kicked off with Joe “The Rockstar” Cullen taking on Jamie “The Rasta” Lewis in a best of nine leg semi-final. Joe took an early lead and looked good to go the distance but Jamie Lewis came to the oche and stole the victory with a 5-3 win.

Cullen, orginally from Wyke, had the backing of the whole club.

The second semi-final was Devon “The Spartan” Peterson versus two times World Champion Dennis “The Menace” Priestley.

Dennis started the opening leg with a 180 and the crowd at Rastrick Bowling Club went wild with excitement as Dennis finished the leg using only 12 darts. However despite the maximum scores from the Menace it was a showdown that saw South African Devon Peterson qualify for the final with some awesome darts and a comical performance.

Before the final was played the charity held a raffle for two winners to play Priestley.

One of the raffle winners happened to be Cullen’s father Frank and he made his entrance to Elvis’s number one hit The Wonder Of You. Priestley then outscored Frank and took the leg with ease.

The second lucky winner was Terry Watmore from Southowram and he lost to the world champ in the end up when he hit a double.

Back to the professionals and the final was a classic with Lewis leading at 4-3 needing just one more leg to finish off the South African Peterson, but with some fantastic darts he levelled the game and in the deciding leg left himself 32 as Lewis stepped up with three darts in hand and a checkout score of 160 available to him.

Cullen, who is the up-and-coming star of the Professional Darts Corporation, showed who is boss throwing two treble twenties and hitting double twenty to take the game set and match.

After the final, Priestley offered the Rastrick audience one more chance to play him and it was auctioned off with the highest bid going to club stewardess Kate Smith who then nominated her eight-year-old grandson Joshua to play.

Joshua had a great game against the two times world champion and when Priestley shook hands with Joshua, he announced him as a future world champ as the players stood for photos and signed memorabilia.

“It was a fantastic night organised by Mrs Tony Cullen who works for the charity, with a great sum of money raised, and we would like to also give thanks to MC’s Gareth and Josh, plus our volunteer Sunny Kumar for scoring,” Kate said.

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And on Saturday Rough Diamond will entertain. The weekend’s live music will wrap up on Sunday night with The Moonlight Trio.

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