Two-times world champion takes on Ladbrokes Darts league players in Skegness

A scene from the evening.
A scene from the evening.

The Ladbrokes Darts League welcomed a two-time World Champion to Skegness last week.

Adrian Lewis put on what organisers described as “the most fantastic show ever” during his appearance in the town.

A scene from the evening.

A scene from the evening.

“The Liberal Club and Skegness have never seen the like before, or will again, I think,” said the league’s Chris Fletcher.

“A steady crowd started building outside the club since round 6pm, and by doors open time at 7 pm there was about 40 people waiting to get in, the place quickly filled and was packed to the rafters before the first game went on at 8.30pm.

“Adrian did not dissapoint hitting 180s for fun and narrowly missing a magical 170 checkout.

“He bossed every game with heavy scoring, and he was so far in front in every game he could afford to do the exhibition finishes with double, double and throwing whilst approaching the oche, among the norm.

“A few players had darts at the double and only one man managed to beat him - yours truly Chris Fletcher - but he only lost this one due to his messing about on the double.

“Master of cerimonies John Fowler controlled the evening superbly from start to finish.

“Every player playing Adrian had their photo taken with both himself and John, and both stayed till well after 11pm signing autographs and posing for pictures,

“The club remained packed from start to finish with many people travelling from all over the county.

“One of our sponsors, Ladbrokes, produced a shirt signed by Michael Van Gerwen, and Phil Taylor.

“We also got Adrian Lewis to sign it, making the last three world champions’ autographs on the shirt.

“This was auctioned off by John Fowler, who managed to get the bidding up to £210 - a remarkable feat. This is now going towards bringing the next pro darts player to Skegness.

“Special thanks must go to Liberal club Skegness, without them we would not have been able to put this show on, and also to the staff at Ladbrokes, who did a sterling job running the raffle for us rattling up another £258.

“The committee also worked hard and a big thankyou to all the markers, Natalie Weston, Eric Hammond, Mark Grey and Dave Wagstaffe. If I missed anyone I am sorry,” he added.

The darts players return to league fixtures this week for Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division Two action, while the division one players have their blind draw pairs at the Ex-Service, starting at 8pm.

The next professional playerthe league will be bringing to town is PDC star “The Rocket” Ronnie Baxter on the presentation night on June 6.