TEAMMATES Ryan Shawcross and Asmir Begovic found themselves in opposition last night as they battled it out for the top honours in the Stoke City Big Darts Night.
The skipper and goalkeeper joined forces with local darts aces Adrian Lewis and Andy Hamilton to entertain more than 300 guests at the event in the Tony Waddington Suite at the Britannia Stadium.
Shawcross claimed a notable scalp as he beat the current PDC World No. 5 Hamilton, albeit in dubious circumstances. He hit 120 when he needed a 114 check-out but compere John Gwynne awarded the central defender the victory as he had scored so highly on doubles.
Begovic was narrowly beaten by Lewis, although there’s certainly no disgrace in being pipped by a twice former World Champion.
Shawcross and Begovic’s wives, Kath and Nicolle, were also invited on stage to try their luck with the ‘arrows’, much to the delight of the capacity crowd.
The Begovics and Lewis emerged victorious, with Asmir hitting double 11 to win the third and deciding leg. For the record, however, both wives outscored their husbands with their first three darts.
Begovic proved himself to be red hot on the doubles again as he hit double four to earn himself and Lewis victory over Shawcross and Hamilton, while in the battle of pros which represented the finale to the night Hamilton beat Lewis 6-3.
Guests were also treated to a guest appearance from the UK’s Strongest Man Eddy Hall, who also stepped up the ‘oche’ on the night.
City’s Head of Commercial Andrew Billingham said: “The Darts Night once again proved to be a great success. Ryan and Asmir really got into the spirit of the occasion and the fact that Kath and Nicolle also took part only added to the occasion.
“As ever when professional sportsmen are involved it got quite competitive but it was also a great deal of fun. Adrian and Andy were great sports and John made sure the night ran smoothly in his own unique style.”