Hastings clinch county title

Man of the match Adrian Gray (left) and Hastings captain Adrian Boyle hold the trophy aloft
Man of the match Adrian Gray (left) and Hastings captain Adrian Boyle hold the trophy aloft

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.