Young darting sensation Beau Greaves produced an astonishing display to further underline her credentials in a local men’s league game on Thursday night. The fourteen-year-old Yorkshire schoolgirl burst on to the darting scene in 2016 and is regarded by many as one of the most exciting talents in the sport.
She did that reputation no harm on Thursday evening, defeating Andy Taylor 5-1 in a brutal display. Beau, who represents Yorkshire’s senior women’s side, regularly competes in her local men’s league and registered an emphatic win last night courtesy of some mesmerising darts.
The 14-year-old, from Sprotbrough, Doncaster, averaged around 99 to storm to victory, clattering in four maximums in the process. She also fired in two 12-darters, one 13-dart leg and a 14-darter, whilst converting a sensational 164 checkout on the bull to cap off an extraordinary performance.
Aptly nicknamed ‘Beau ‘n Arrow’, Greaves opted to take up darts at the age of 10, following in the footsteps of her older brother Taylor, who featured prominently on the PDC Development Tour.
Less than four months after throwing her first set of darts, Greaves found herself competing in the Winmau World Masters U18 Youth event, where she reached the final before losing out to Robyn Byrne. Yet since then, Beau has gone from strength to strength.
She enjoyed an incredible 2016, winning the England Classic, England Matchplay, Yorkshire Classic and Welsh Open titles. Yet one of her most impressive accomplishments came in the European Cup in August 2016, where she saw off players from 17 nations to triumph in the singles, dropping just one leg over four days of action.
This subsequently saw her crowned young Sportsperson of the Year at the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Sport awards in December 2016, and she has since gone on to be crowned Girls’ World Masters champion in 2017, and Isle of Man Youth champion back in March of this year.
Beau’s first televised appearance came when she competed in the reality show ‘Darts Factor’ in 2015, where a number of the finest talents in the game battled it out to be crowned the Darts Factor winner, with the incentive of taking to the Alexandra Palace stage in the 2016 William Hill World Darts Championship.
She competed alongside current PDC World Youth champion Dimitri van den Bergh, and Beau’s meteoric rise was featured in a short documentary during the 2016 Champions League of Darts, broadcast live on the BBC, where she was hotly tipped by many to become the first female darts millionaire.
Even at the age of fourteen, Beau already has an astonishing list of scalps to her name. Last year she defeated ten-time women’s world champion Trina Gulliver, and she has also beaten three-time world champion Lisa Ashton, Fallon Sherrock, Casey Gallagher, Rhian Edwards and Deta Hedman, the winner of over 100 ranking titles.
Even at such a young age, Beau has already accomplished so much in the game of darts and with such natural ability, she is highly fancied by many to become darts’ youngest ever world champion!
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