They were there to take part in a knockout tournament in recognition of Michael Langton, a player in the league who sadly passed away just prior to Christmas last year.
The turnout was magnificent with 72 of our members taking part in what proved to be a very competitive event. There was also some excellent darts played of course alongside some others which could be described as mediocre at the best, but all players involved enjoyed the night.
After a long, and hot night John Winder was crowned the winner of the tournament. He defeated Mike Boynton two games to one in the final which could easily have gone either way with high checkouts and great recoveries abound.
Congratulations also go to Mally Hunt and Scott Clarke who were the defeated semi-finalists but accredited themselves well throughout the night.
Richard Price, landlord of the Sun Inn in Beverley, where Mike used to play from, organised the charity fundraising on the night alongside Leon Bruce, a fellow member of the team. A magnificent £260 was raised on the night which will be donated to Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.
“This was a fantastic evening with an outstanding turnout considering it was also Beverley races night and the heat! The darts community in Beverley never ceases to amaze me and along with Jayne and the guys from The Sun Inn, our thanks go to everyone for turning out and for donating some fantastic raffle prizes, to our chairman Phil Stebbens and secretary Jeremy Jeffery for their superb organisation. As well as being our darts captain Mike was a friend to us all and we loved him dearly, he would be so proud”
Mike’s partner Jayne attended the night and stayed on to present the trophy to our winner John.
Jeremy Jeffery, secretary of the league said;
“Mike was a popular player in the Darts League who was liked by everyone and was always gracious, both in defeat and victory. He, quite properly, would celebrate his victories, but also was quick to praise players who defeated him, freely congratulating them and holding no malice. He enjoyed his darts nights playing from the Sun Inn and all opponents looked forward to playing in games that he was involved in.”