September 20 2014 Latest news:
Friday, July 25, 2014
Retired Metropolitan policeman Steve Carrett has set his sights on the World Darts Championships after defying the odds to be crowned English national champion.
Steve, 56, picked up a set of darts for the first time just 10 years ago at Little Thetford Social Club and readily admits he wasn’t much good.
But he quickly became hooked on the sport and has spent countless hours over the years honing his technique.
His rapid improvement has seen him progress from the Littleport leagues, to the Cambridgeshire county leagues and, ultimately, to the English singles championships, which took place in Hull on July 12.
Steve beat a multi-talented field to face off against London’s George Killington in the final, which he went on to win 7-6.
The victory has given Steve eight ranking points in the British Darts Organisation (BDO) rankings, and he only requires another eight to book a possible slot at the world championships, which take place at the famous Lakeside venue in January.
Steve, who practises in his garage for a few hours every day, said: “The key to playing darts is practice and concentration because, at the end of the day, it’s 20 per cent about skill and 80 per cent in your head.
“Most players can score well but if you lose that five per cent of concentration, it can hurt you. You have to be very disciplined.”
Before a shot at the world championships, Steve has an opportunity to mix it with some of the BDO’s leading names at the Winmau British Classic, which takes place in August.
The English singles was Steve’s biggest victory to date and has given him the desire to push on as far as he can.
He said: “I don’t mind who I am drawn against, I’m not scared of any of them. I think I can ruffle a few feathers. I would love to play at the Lakeside and I am hoping to go as far as I can.”
Steve says he is yet to achieve a coveted nine-dart finish but hopes if the TV cameras are rolling at the British Classic, he can finally break his duck.