Smith secures spot in Pro-Am event

Jass Smith (right) celebrates.
Jass Smith (right) celebrates.
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Jass Smith has booked his place in the September Darts Pro-Am event after winning Friday’s Last Man Standing competition.

Competing at the Ex Service, 30 hopefuls pulled numbers out of a hat to see when thery would enter the fray.

First up was Geoff Poulter, narrowly beaten by Shane Lowe.

Shane then got the better of Tony Turner and Terry Cox, before being defeated by Dave Riley.

Dave threw some consistent darts to record two more wins over Graham Fitton​ and Julian Smith​, before he found Steve Gillings too good.

Darrell Webb and Dave Kemp also fell to Steve before in-form Lee Woods ended his efforts.

Lee went on to beat Rob Pomeroy and Justin Beasor, before finding Barry Grenfell too good.

Barry also claimed three wins - over Ray Bettison, Ray McIvor and Rick Seaman.

​Andy Markham ended the run and went on to beat Peter Cudmore-Ray before losing to the formidable Pete Evans,​ who fancied his chances after drawing number 20.

But it wasnt to be this week, as Spencer Davis​ beat him.

Then came a flurry of competitors each recording a single victory - including Graham Froud​ and Jamie Cooper.

With nobody taking charge, Chris Simpson​ beat Jamie and David Tuplin​, but he found Eric Hammond too much for him.

Eric then lost to Ken Wilson​, who in turn beat Sean Willis and Dave Manson​ to set up an all-or-nothing clash with last player Jass Smith (pictured, right).

Ken scored heavily but he could not finish, and Jass - playing with borrowed darts - kept plugging away and got the double to surprise himself with the win.

The next qualifer - a Best Of Three event - takes place on July 31 at the Ex Service.

Entry costs £2.

The 2013 BDO World Champion Scott Waites took a ride on the Funbus on Sunday, stopping off at Seaview, the Bell at Burgh, the Three Tuns in Ingoldmells and the Highwayman.

A total of 46 people travelled from pub to pub with Scott, who put on an exhibition at each venue.

He threw some excellent darts, including bull finishes and finishes off steps.

But the best one of the day was to hit the bullseye through the hole in a coin.