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Cheltenham Darts League vice-chairman Andrew Blackhall hoping the sport can prosper after Luke Littler heroics

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Author: Roger Jackson, Posted: Friday, 19th January 2024, 09:10

Andrew Blackhall, left, with darts great from yesteryear Eric Bristow Andrew Blackhall, left, with darts great from yesteryear Eric Bristow

Darts player Andrew Blackhall is aiming for a treble top when it comes to the sport he loves.

The 34-year-old, who plays for Micky B’s in Division One of the Cheltenham League, wants to see more people playing the game, the Cheltenham League increase in size and more darts played at community centres and clubs.

That last aim would make it easier for youngsters to take up the sport, a sport that was on the front and back pages of newspapers and all over social media over the Christmas and new year period, thanks to the exploits of teenager Luke Littler at the world championships.

The 16-year-old sensation went all the way to the final before losing 7-4 in a thriller to Luke Humphries, after leading 4-2 at one stage.

Blackhall, who is vice-chairman of the Cheltenham Darts League, would love the sport to prosper after all the recent publicity.

“We’ve got two divisions of seven teams in the Cheltenham League,” he said. “That’s about 140 players. It would be great if we could expand the league.”

Blackhall has been playing darts for getting close to two decades after watching his dad, also Andrew, play.

“I started when I was 17,” he said. “My dad used to play at the Russell Arms and he also played at The Spectre.”

And now Blackhall’s nine-year-old son Leo is starting to show an interest in the sport.

“He’s got his own board in the living room,” said the proud dad, who lives with his family in Gloucester.

“I’ve got my own board in the living room too. He used to watch me but now he’s playing a lot more.

“He watched quite a bit of the world championships, including Luke Littler. He seems to be really enjoying playing darts.”

So what makes a good darts player?

“Consistency,” said Blackhall, “and an ability to count!”

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Nine-year-old Leo Blackhall is a keen darts player

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