DARTS: Sanderson sons win trophy in memory of dad

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FOURTEEN three-man teams turned out for the inaugural Billy Sanderson Memorial Darts Tournament at The Albion last Thursday.

FOURTEEN three-man teams turned out for the inaugural Billy Sanderson Memorial Darts Tournament at The Albion last Thursday.

The early rounds were hard-fought affairs, with the eventual runners up, captained by Tom Jay, having an early scare against The Mac’s. The match was tied at three legs all going into the decider. The youngest player in the

tournament Frankie McCormick, along with Dad, Tony, narrowly lost the opening game 2-1, while brother George took the second game 2-1, to set up the nail biting finish. Tony McCormick said ‘’It was a fantastic gesture by the

landlord and the Sanderson lads to invite George and Frankie into the tournament, as Billy always had a laugh with my boys when they were in.’’

Jay said: “When we saw we were playing Tony Mac and his lads in the first round, we thought it was going to be easy, then Frankie started hitting treble 20s and took the second leg. Then George stepped up and was hitting treble 19s and won the second match. We scraped through in the end, everyone was amazed at how well the young lads played.”

Luke Sedman’s team narrowly lost the semi-final after a marathon game that went all the way, Luke said, ‘’we lost a great match in the semi-final, but it was a fantastic night, the atmosphere was really good, everyone had a great laugh.”

Landlord Gary Rowan said: “It was a fabulous night, we had three boards going right up to the semi finals, the tournament has been very well supported for it’s inaugural year, the amount of people here tonight is a great testament to how well loved Billy was.”

The final was won by tournament favourites Team Sanderson, Billy’s three sons, captained by Joe, with Ben and Paul completing the winning line up.

They eventually overcame a battling performance by the runners up, with Jay, who hit the only 180 in the final, Jason Carpenter and Adam Blair.

The finish of the night came from Ben Sanderson who checked out on 170.

Speaking after being presented with the trophy by mum Jill, Joe said “On behalf of my brothers and myself, we would like to thank Gary, Steph, Terry and Louise for organising a fantastic tournament in our dad’s name.

“The turnout, together with the atmosphere, was brilliant and all games were played in good spirits.

“Dad loved his darts and having a friendly tournament with the name Billy Sanderson on the trophy is a great tribute to him.

“It’s even better that Ben, Paul and myself are the first winners of it.”