The first Oswestry Open Darts Championship, sponsored by Jones Brothers of Weston Rhyn, was held on the weekend, despite the poor weather making it difficult for players to attend.

More than 40 players turned up to compete in the inaugural competition held at The Last Inn in Hengoed.

After a full day of darts, it was Luke Woodhouse who was crowned as the winner after an excellent run of performances took him to the final.

Having travelled from Bewdley, Worcestershire, the day was made more than worthwhile for Luke as he took home the £500 cash prize and a trophy.

He displayed some top quality darts on the day, with his winning legs in the finals won in 12, 18, 13, 11 and 12 shots, averaging a world class three-dart score of 114 – higher than a lot of Premier League Darts players.

He is set to play in this year’s Professional Darts Corporation World Championships at Alexandra Palace in London after qualifying earlier this year.

Competing with Luke in the final was Kev Garcia.

Kev travelled from St Helens to compete and took home £200 and the runner-up trophy.

There was some entertaining match-ups for those watching on, with several big names taking part.

Former world champion Richie Burnett was knocked out of the competition earlier in the afternoon by former World Masters quarter-finalist Ian Jones from the West Midlands.

Ian narrowly took the game, winning 4-3.

Competition organiser Mike Edwards was left very pleased by how well the tournament was received, and insists it would have attracted even more people had the weather not been so bad.

“We were expecting around 100 people when we organised it,” he said.

“”We had people coming from all over, but because of the rain, a lot of people from Mid Wales and some other areas were unable to attend because of floods and other issues.

“The event went ahead nonetheless and it was very successful.

“We were very happy with how it went.

“There really was a lot of top quality darts thrown on the day.

“All in all it was a fantastic day of darts at The Last Inn, Hengoed.

“I’m sure the event will be returning again next year.”