Andy back from two down to take the trophy

Mick Ashman Memorial Trophy darts knockout, December 2011 - pictured from the left are winner Andy McCormack, organiser Andy Hayden  and runner-up Paul Gilling
Mick Ashman Memorial Trophy darts knockout, December 2011 - pictured from the left are winner Andy McCormack, organiser Andy Hayden and runner-up Paul Gilling

DARTS players from the upper Calder Valley were battling it out for their own individual trophy in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.

The annual charity darts knockout which is staged in memory of Mick Ashman was held at the Railway in Hebden Bridge.

In all, 46 competitors fought it out over two weeks, playing some excellent darts in some great games as they competed for the coveted trophy.

This year’s winner - Andy McCormack, who plays for Hebden Royd team Marshalls - had the honour of choosing the charity. Accordingly, £355 will be donated to Overgate Hospice, which has marked its 30th anniversary in 2011. The money was raised from entrance money and raffles.

Andy came from 0-2 down to beat Paul Gilling, who plays for another Hebden Royd side, the Albert, 3-2 in the final.

McCormack wins £25 and runner up Gilling £10, both prizes being donated by a good friend of Mick.

The competition organisers thank all participants and supporters for their efforts.