Brilliant Burgess nets darts title

Shayne Burgess proved he is still a force to be reckoned with in the darts world by winning a popular annual competition.

The local marksman and former world number two clinched the Dave Young Memorial Singles title at the Village Club in Broadbridge Heath.

Burgess last won the event three years ago and he was in fine form in this year's tournament, staged to commemorate the well-known Horsham player who passed away in 2003.

He battled through to the final of a competition which attracted 76 players courtesy of victories against Richard Hinchin, Steve Adsett, Gareth Thomas, Paul Russell and John Ferrell.

His opponent on stage was Kent star Ritchie Buckle, who progressed to the final by beating St Leonards-based PDC star Adrian Gray in the last four.

The final proved to be a thriller, but Burgess claimed it 5-2 to collect the Dave Young Memorial Cup and the 300 first prize.

The 50 award for the highest finish went to Sussex youth team player Gareth Thomas, also from Hastings, in light of his 157 checkout.

Gray and Kevin Downes were semi-finalists in the ever-popular flying pairs at the end of a day which raised more than 250 for children's charities.