Hastings crowned county champions

The Hastings darts team is basking in the glory of winning a county competition.

Hastings darts captain Adrian Boyle proudly clutches the trophy
Hastings darts captain Adrian Boyle proudly clutches the trophy

Sussex Darts Super League East Division champions Hastings clinched the Divisional Play-off by beating West Division winners Littlehampton 6-3 at Clubcue Leisure, Worthing, on Wednesday, last week.

Mick Evans started the ball rolling for Hastings with a 3-0 win over Simon Parker in a low scoring game. Phil Wanstall continued the good start, defeating Simon Casey-Rodgers by the same margin.

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Littlehampton fought back to take game three, with county star and man of the match Craig Stoner winning 3-1 against Shayne Burgess in a high scoring contest where both players hit maximums.

Luke Hardy put Hastings 3-1 up by recovering from 2-0 down to beat Nathan Warren 3-2 with 13, 16 and 15-dart legs. Hastings captain Adi Boyle lost 3-0 to county star Gary Blackwood and Adam Bryant suffered the same fate against Courtney Wilson as Littlehampton levelled at 3-3.

Game seven proved to be the best of the evening with Hastings star Adrian Gray coming from 2-1 down to defeat another county player, Greg Upton, 3-2. The two men hit 22 tons over the five legs and Gray sealed victory with a 104 checkout.

Mark Stafford clinched the title for Hastings with a 3-1 win over Cliff Prior aided by a maximum in the fourth leg and a 26.42 average, the best of the evening for Hastings.

Hastings, who are based at the Millers Arms pub, were awarded the ninth game due to a missing Littlehampton player.

Hastings previously finished 13 points clear at the top of the East Division after winning 15 of their 16 matches.

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