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Darts champ, 17, joins top flight

Jamie Lewis (r) and Tony O'Shea
Youth world cup champion Jamie Lewis with senior title holder Tony O'Shea

A world youth darts champion says he is ready to take on some of the sport's best when he switches to the top flight later this month.

Jamie Lewis, 17, from Cardigan, Ceredigion, has won two major junior tournaments in the past few weeks.

His latest success came in the World Darts Federation's World Cup in the United States, which was staged between 23 and 26 September.

His first tournament as a senior player will be in Holland later this month.

Jamie has his eye set on the world championship at the Lakeside, in Surrey, where the world professional darts championship is held annually.

His final season as a youth player has been his most successful to date.

World masters

Last month, he scooped the Winmau Youth World Masters Darts Championship in Bridlington.

Two weeks ago he won the boys' world cup in North Carolina and earlier in the year was runner-up in the youth European Cup.

"I've been a bit unlucky over the last four years, but I knew this was my last year as a youth so I practiced a lot and won two world titles, which I'm over the moon about," said Jamie.

In the World Darts Federation's World Cup Jamie notched up seven top scores of 180 and averaged 29 points per dart during the three-day championship.

The teenager has been playing darts since he was eight and was inspired to take up the sport by his father, Mark, who once played for Wales.

"I've won six major titles as a youth, but it's now time to become a senior," added Jamie.

"I'm 18 in November and my ambition is to make it to the Lakeside and one day win the world championship.

"I've now got to start picking up world ranking points which will enable me to qualify for the Lakeside.

"My first senior tournament, The Tops of Holland Open, starts in Eindhoven in a couple of weeks."

The young darts champion said he was set to play in 20 senior tournaments over the next 12 months, which would take him around the UK and to Ireland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and the Isle of Man.



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