Teenager defeats darts champion in aid of charity

Connor Levett and Andy Caspali ......W18080P12.
Connor Levett and Andy Caspali ......W18080P12.
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A TEENAGE darts enthusiast stepped up to the oche for a marathon 12 hours in aid of charity – and still had the energy to defeat one of the game’s elite.

Connor Levett, 13, of Irene Avenue, Lancing, took part in the marathon alongside former Aston Villa footballer, Andy Caspali. It was held at the TMG Social Club on Sompting Road, Worthing, at the end of last month, in aid of disabled East Preston youngster Iona-May Thorne.

Competitions were held alongside the marathon, with the winners and crowd having the chance to play PDC player, Bob Anderson, in the evening exhibition.

But it was Connor who stole the show, defeating Anderson with an 82 finish.

He said: “I’ve done other charity events before and have almost beaten Simon Whitlock but I played really well against Bob Anderson.

“I had a nice finish and Bob had 50 left.

“I play county youth and super-league and I practise about two hours a day.”

Connor took up the game at the age of two and started learning the game on a lower board than regulation.

His father, Chris, said: “He started to struggle a bit after about eight hours but he did very well – I’m very proud.

“He hit three 180s during the day and beat Bob in 28 darts in a game of 701.

“Bob after was asked who the toughest player he had ever played was and he said Connor straight away.”

The event as a whole raised £500 and organiser, James Stephenson, said it was a success.

He said: “It was fantastic, everyone had such a great day.

“It was amazing to see so many compassionate people touched by Iona-May’s story.

“Worthing player Richard Stanford also managed to defeat Bob on the night, too.”