England cricketer Alex Hales demonstrated his darting pedigree with an impressive 82 average in a special sportsman’s edition of ‘Darts At Home’ on Saturday, as boxer Dave Allen triumphed with three successive wins in a round-robin charity event designed to raise funds for the NHS Heroes.
Last weekend, England internationals James Maddison and Declan Rice were joined by West Brom striker Charlie Austin and Preston North End midfielder Paul Gallagher in a footballers edition of ‘Darts At Home’, with Gallagher running out an emphatic winner.
This weekend England batsman Hales and two-time Commonwealth heavyweight title challenger Allen were joined by three-time World Snooker champion Mark Selby and popular golfer Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, as the quartet locked horns in the inaugural sportsman’s special.
The tournament was played in a round-robin format with all competitors playing each other once over the best of three legs, and all players began each leg on 301 whilst having to finish on a double or bullseye.
Despite insisting he had limited darting experience, Allen was the tournament’s surprise package, defeating Selby and Hales without dropping a leg, before surviving a host of match darts in a scrappy affair against Johnston to secure top spot.
Nevertheless, the performance of the tournament was produced by England opener Hales, who averaged 82.10 and used just 24 darts in demolishing Selby in the sixth and final clash of the afternoon.
The 31-year-old kicked off proceedings with a sensational eight-dart leg, posting visits of 100 and 140, before converting a clinical two-dart 61 combination on double eight to leave Selby stunned.
The second leg wasn’t quite as spectacular but Hales still opened up with scores of 85 and 100, before eventually wrapping up victory with a 14-dart hold on tops to secure second spot at the expense of Snooker’s former world number one.
Darts At Home – Sportsman Special
Alex Hales 2-0 Andrew Johnston
Dave Allen 2-0 Mark Selby
Dave Allen 2-0 Alex Hales
Mark Selby 2-1 Andrew Johnston
Dave Allen 2-1 Andrew Johnston
Alex Hales 2-0 Mark Selby