Paula goes one better with Antwerp darts final success

Paula Jacklin
Paula Jacklin

Gainsborough darts star Paula Jacklin erased the memories of defeat in the 2013 Antwerp Open mixed pairs final, by clinching this year’s title.

Jacklin and partner Jamie Hughes have been playing together for two seasons, and went one better than last year to become champions.

It was no easy task, however, as they came up against the world’s number one lady player Deta Hedman and Pip Blackwell in the final.

But Jacklin and Hughes were not to be denied a second time.

Hughes was in red hot form and played a magnificent game, leaving Jacklin 51 in the second leg which she took out in two darts.

In the final leg he left his partner double 10, and Jacklin responded by taking it with her first dart.

This season has been a long, hard quest for Jacklin, who is aiming to book a place in the televised Lakeside World Championships in January, at Lakeside Country Club in Surrey.

She told the Standard: “I’m in a good position at the moment to qualify, if nothing goes wrong.”

“I’ve moved up in the rankings to England’s number five and BDO number 12.”

“My partner Jamie Hughes already qualified for Lakeside and I want to join him.”

Hughes was in action last weekend, taking on Jacklin’s county team-mate Sam Hewson in the men’s singles semi-final.

Hewson failed to halt Hughes’ march to the title however, and Jacklin’s partner went on to face and overcome the mighty Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams in the final.

Hewson, like Jacklin, is also on the road to Lakeside.

She said: “If we both make it that will be the first time in the entire history of Lincolnshire county darts that two players have qualified for Lakeside, so fingers crossed.”

The third annual Ladies Classic darts tournament will be held at the Blues Club on 30th September.

A prize fund of £2,240 has been announced, with the winner walking away with £1,000.

This event is open to all ladies darts players, and around 100 are expected to battle it out for the title and cash.

For information and to enter, call 07853 216461.