Hastings are basking in the glory of winning the Sussex Men’s Winter Super League Darts Championship for the first time.
East Division champions Hastings saw off West Division winners Worthing 6-3 in a high quality contest at The Roffey Club, Horsham. The Millers Arms-based team will represent Sussex in the British Champions Cup during August.
Hastings captain Adi Boyle got the ball rolling for his team with a close-fought 3-2 win against Andy Stanford. Andy Derrick made it 2-0, showing his county form with a 3-0 win against Ant Morley.
Worthing pulled one back when Paul Paice beat county A team player Dave Creasy 3-1 and then levelled the overall score as James Greenfield pipped John Ferrell 3-2 with a 30.45 average to preserve his season-long unbeaten record. That match featured 20 tons, two maximums and two ton- plus finishes.
PDC star Adrian Gray put Hastings back in front by blitzing Mick Doabe 3-0 with 14, 10 and 17-dart legs. His stunning man of the match 37.66 average was also the best of the season.
Simon Smith made it 4-2 to Hastings by winning 3-0 against Richard Stanford in a tense, low scoring game. Mark Stafford secured the Championship, Dave Miles Cup and £600 prize money for Hastings by seeing off Lee Gladman 3-0.
Pete Stoner won the eighth game for Worthing by defeating Phil Wanstall 3-2 and Shayne Burgess made the final score 6-3 to Hastings with a 3-1 win against Ron Clarke.
That three-game margin reflected the winning team’s scoring power, with Hastings hitting 71 tons and four maximums, and Worthing 63 tons and no maximums.