Local darts ace Richie Parkin found winning form last week when he captured the Whale Hill Open crown.
Playing in his first event of the Teesside Darts campaign, Parkin saw off Shaun Jowers in the final of the competition by a 4-2 scoreline.
It was a welcome boost for the Whitby man, who is eagerly eyeing an assault on the Welsh Open later this month.
“I usually struggle in the first round of competitions, but I started this one with a 13-darter,” he said.
“This is my first competition of the Teesside Darts ranking events, so to win it was a good achievement.
“I won it with a 114 finish, so that was nice as well.
“I’ve been getting some good practice in recently because the likes of Mike Russell and Andy Atkinson have been upping their games to beat me, it is a struggle around the town at the moment.”
Parkin has already booked off the weekend of May 14 and 15 for the Welsh event at Prestatyn Sands and says he is feeling confident about his chances.
“I’ll be up against the best players in the BDO like Glen Durrant, Martin Adams and Scott Waites, so it should be a great weekend,” he added.
“I think about 800 players have entered it, but I’ll be looking to get to the last 64 to boost my ranking points.
“That is my big aim over the next year or so, to push on with ranking events so I can have a go at the World Championships.
“My confidence is sky high at the moment, I just hope I can continue my winning form.”
Parkin is always looking for sponsorship to help with travelling expenses. To help out give him a call on 07930 065985.