Whitby’s BDO darts prospect Richie Parkin reached the last 16 of the Scottish Open’s doubles competition, despite only deciding to enter on the morning of the competition.
The 29-year-old was concentrating on the singles contest but went out in the third round to Michael Malone in what Richie described as the best game of darts he’d ever competed in.
“The worst leg was an 18-darter,” he said.
“Someone said it was like a televised game. I was sat on a two-darter after 12 throws, but he finished 110 to win 3-2.”
In the first round, Richie, using the nickname ‘The Seasider’ and sponsored by St George Security and Green’s Restaurant, defeated local player Kenny McCormack 3-0.
“I just did my job and won easily,” Richie said.
The Black Swan thrower found himself a leg down to Ayrshire’s Jamie Fowler, but roared back to advance 3-1.
After exiting the singles on Saturday, Richie tried the doubles competition, teaming up with Guisborough’s Allan Edwards. He admitted that the duo’s success came as a bit of a surprise even to them.
“We played really well,” Richie said.
“I just carried on my form from the Saturday, hitting big scores and big finishes.”
Bizarrely, it was Richie’s room-mate Glenn Durrant and 2012 British Open champion, Yorkshire’s Martin Atkins, who knocked the pair out of the tournament.
Atkins and Durrant then went on to beat Ted ‘The Count’ Hankey and Mick Nixon in the following round.
Richie then stayed to watch Durrant in the singles. The Middlesbrough star went out in the semis to eventual winner Robbie Green.
The impressive Green, known as Kong, who also won the doubles alongside Pip Blackwell, had dispensed of Parkin’s conqueror Malone in the last eight.
“It was absolutely wild up there,” Richie told the Gazette.
“There wasn’t that much of an England-Scotland divide,” he said.
“But if you reacted to some of the taunts, you got some right abuse.
“It was an absolutely brilliant experience, though they could’ve done with a bigger venue.
“I’m not sure if I would play in Scotland again – it was a bit mad.”