Darts: Exhibition is worth the Waites says pal Mitchell

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DORSET darts ace Scott Mitchell says the people of Swanage will love Scott Waites’s exhibition night – but admits they might struggle to understand him.

Newly-crowned BDO world champion Waites will visit Swanage on Saturday for a special evening at Swanage’s Royal British Legion club.

Darts hopefuls will get a chance to take on ‘Scotty Too Hotty’ as he will face a mixture of qualifiers and raffle winners on the oche from 8pm.

The Yorkshireman arrives in Dorset just days after claiming his first world crown at Lakeside on Sunday with a 7-1 hammering of Tony O’Shea.

Waites will take on 16 players consisting of qualifiers from tonight’s play-off at the legion (8pm), as well as lucky prize winners.

And Mitchell, who reached the second round of the competition at Frimley Green, says his pal knows how to put on a good show.

Mitchell told the Daily Echo: “He is a really good exhibition player.

“They can expect to have to need a translator as he has a very broad Yorkshire accent!

“He goes down on one knee and takes out doubles and he uses straws instead of flights.

“He is generally a fun lad so it will be a good evening for them.”

Mitchell, whose next competition is the Dutch Open in early February, was delighted that Waites won his maiden world title. I was the first one to shake his hand when he came off the TV and into the players’ room,” said the Bransgore thrower.

“He is one of my best mates on the circuit and we have played pairs together a couple of times. Even though he had won the grand slam, he was still desperate to get the world championship.”

David Elm, steward at the Swanage Royal British Legion club, says everyone who attends the event has a chance of playing against Waites.

Elm, who was put in touch with Waites by Mitchell, contacted him prior to the Lakeside tournament and admitted he had been fortunate to book the eventual champion.

“We got quite lucky with it and we were cheering every dart on Sunday night,” said former Bashley goalkeeping star Elm.

“It is hopefully going to be a massive night and we can’t wait. It is going to be something special for the town of Swanage and for the legion.

“It is free entry for members and £2 for non-members so it is a cheap night out.”

For further information, visit www.rblswanage.co.uk.

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