Impressive exhibits at Kelso dart gallery

Scotland duo Gary Anderson, left, and Robert Thornton with local walk-on girls, Marissa Sonkur of Hawick, left, and Lindsay Hogarth of Lauder (picture by Brian Sutherland
Scotland duo Gary Anderson, left, and Robert Thornton with local walk-on girls, Marissa Sonkur of Hawick, left, and Lindsay Hogarth of Lauder (picture by Brian Sutherland

Superb darts action was served up to a crowd of almost 400 on Saturday during a day of high-precision entertainment at Springwood Hall in Kelso.

Leading names among the world’s top 16 players came along for a double helping of match action, starting with the MKM 4 Nations Classic, contested by players from Scotland, UK, Holland and Australia.

Guest darts players at Kelso included Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Mark Webster, Robert Thornton, Vincent van der Voort, Paul Nicholson, Raymond van Barneveld and Michael Smith (picture by Brian Sutherland)

Guest darts players at Kelso included Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Mark Webster, Robert Thornton, Vincent van der Voort, Paul Nicholson, Raymond van Barneveld and Michael Smith (picture by Brian Sutherland)

There was great afternoon delight when the Scottish pair of Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton won in the final against Dutchmen Raymond van Barneveld and Vincent van der Voort.

There was consolation in the evening, however, for Vincent van der Voort when he defeated Australia’s Simon Whitlock in the final of the Dalgleish Citroen Kelso Masters, a singles challenge featuring the invited professionals and some of the best Borders county and league players. Guest pros also included Mark Webster, Michael Smith and Paul Nicholson.

Ryan Hogarth, one of the local players who took part, is off this weekend with fellow Borderer Jimmy McGuigan to play in the Home Internationals in Bradford.