DARTS: Wright shock for world star Wade

First published in Sport

Oxfordshire teenager Stephen Wright cau-sed a major shock when he beat world No 3 James Wade in the All Stars event at the Spiceball Leisure Centre, Banbury.

The 18-year-old county player from Banbury, defeated Wade 2-1 in front of 600 spectators, who enjoyed a feast of darts on a night, when four of the sports biggest names were in action.

It was one of two defeats for Wade, who also lost to Oxfordshire Super League player Karl Deacon, from Aylesbury.

Deacon was one of four local players who had won qualifying event to take on the world’s best.

Oxon player Graham Manning, who won the Bicester qualifier, had the daunting task of facing five times world champion Raymond van Bar-neveld, who won a high-scoring contest 2-0.

Manning, who averaged a respectable 24, scored three centuries in the second leg, but could not match the scoring of the legendary Dutchman.

“Surprisinigly, I was not at all nervous, as I had nothing to lose,” said Manning.

“I was very pleased with the way I threw in the biggest game of my life.”

Former world championship runner-up, Simon Whitlock recorded a double over Oxfordshire players.

The Australian won 2-0 against both Headington’s Alan Stevens , who was representing the Three Tuns, Kings Sutton and 18 year-old Scott Smith, the winner of the Wantage qualifier.

Former world champion Mark Webster produced the best darts of the night, averaveraging 32 as he defeated Banbury’s Dion Newman 2-0.

The evening concluded with contest between the four top professionals. Wade, showing much better form than earlier in the night, beat Van Barneveld in one semi-final, while Webster accounted for Whitlock.

In the final, Webster maintained his superb form to beat Wade.

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