Darts: Pirates fanatic Mitchell bidding to don skull and crossbones at Lakeside (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Darts: Pirates fanatic Scott Mitchell bidding to don skull and crossbones at Lakeside
DORSET darts star Scott Mitchell hopes to race away with the BDO World Darts Championships at Lakeside while sporting the crest of his beloved Poole Pirates.
Avid speedway fan Mitchell, 43, revealed he had sought permission from Pirates promoter Matt Ford and the BDO to have the skull and crossbones emblazoned across his shirt at the showpiece event in January.
The request has been welcomed by the Wimborne Road chief as ‘The Dog’, Dorset’s only player in the 40-strong field, keenly awaits clearance from his sport’s governing body.
Mitchell told the Daily Echo: “It would be a real inspiration for me to wear the skull and crossbones. I am 43 now and have not missed a single season since I was a youngster.
“Everyone knows Pirates hold a special place in my heart. I spoke to Matt who said he would be honoured for me to put the club crest on my shirt and the BDO should sanction it because a lot of players have their favourite football club on their shirts.”
Mitchell, seeded 15th at Lakeside, faces the winner of Basingstoke-based Paul Hogan’s preliminary round tie with Karel Sedlacek of the Czech Republic.
Victory for the England international could see him progress to a tough second round date with number two seed James Wilson, who faces either Shimizu Hiroaki (Japan) or 2012 champion Christian Kist (Netherlands).
On the draw, Mitchell added: “I know it’s a cliché, but it is all down to what happens on the day. All of the players know that because the BDO is such a level playing field. Most of the time there is one dart one in it which makes it all the more exciting to watch.
“We have no superstars, although Stephen Bunting is in the form of his life at the moment and looks to be a cut above the rest.”
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