Whitby’s Richie Parkin scooped one of north-east darts’ top prizes on Saturday night.
The 30-year-old described his victory in the Teesside Darts Association’s grand final as a “shock”, but his superb run of form carried him through four rounds and then past county player Anth Lupton of Billingham.
Boosted by landing top spot out of Teesside’s top 32 players, Parkin is now keen to flex his darting muscles when the 2016 tournaments get underway in January.
“To win the grand final was amazing, but it was a total shock,” said Parkin.
“I hadn’t been playing that well, but things just clicked on Saturday night.
“I was hitting a lot of 180s and 140s, as well as leaving quite a few two-dart finishes. I just made it difficult for people to keep up with me.
“It will be great to go into the competition as champion when it starts again on January 23, but I suppose everyone will be wanting to beat me.”
Parkin is now pricing up a few events for the New Year, including the Isle of Man Festival and the Scottish Open.
He added: “The whole thing is like an addiction. Once you get on that big stage you just want more.
“It is all down to the money that you have to pay out though, if anyone could help me out with sponsorship, that would be great.”
Anyone willing to help can call Richie on 07930065985.