Denton darts ace Phil faces wait before throwing on world stage

DENTON darts player Phil Lees will have to wait before representing England in the inaugural World ParaDarts Winmau World Trophy.

The event, scheduled to take place in Ostend, Belgium, at the end of November, was cancelled the week before its scheduled start because of the worsening Covid-19 situation in Europe.

The event, open to all World ParaDart disability darts organisations across the world, has been rearranged for May.

Phil Lees

Countries will enter teams of four – two standing and two wheelchair players – who will compete in the team event for the World Trophy while there will also be separate singles and pairs competitions.

Phil, an ambassador for the British Disability Darts Association, described being “gutted” at the cancellation of the competition.

During the pandemic, Phil, 60, captained England against Germany in a match which was played online with scores downloaded on to an app.

Phil in action

Phil, whose nickname is ‘The Buzz’, has achieved considerable success in disability darts and is a previous twice runner-up in the world championships as well as excelling in other major tournaments.

It was back in 1999 when Phil, a keen darts player, was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have his left leg amputated five years later.

However, that did not stop him from stepping up to the oche, either on crutches or in a wheelchair depending on his state of health.

Phil is also connected with various other leagues including the Audenshaw and Denton 501 League of which he is president.

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