Mitchell edges thriller to move into second round of Lakeside World Darts Championships

SCOTT MITCHELL

SCOTT MITCHELL

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Hampshire Chronicle: Photograph of the Author by , Rugby correspondent and sub-editor

Scott Mitchell moved into the second round of the Lakeside World Darts Championships with his dad watching him play for the first time in over 25 years.

Mitchell, from Bransgore in the New Forest, defeated Paul Hogan from the other end of Hampshire in a five-set thriller in the first round at the famous Frimley Green.

And, in the crowd, was Mitchell’s father Jeff who left the family farm to see his son win only his second game in the world championships in five attempts.

Mitchell said: “My brother said ‘shall I bring dad up’?”.

“Dad hasn’t seen me play live darts since I was about 17 when I was playing in my bedroom and he was worried he would be a jinx.

“I said ‘look at my record up here dad, how you can be a jinx on that?’ “Mum couldn’t come because she had to stay home and hold the fort and look after the farm.”

Landscape gardener Mitchell, known as ‘Scotty Dog’, made his debut in 2010 where he lost in the first round. It was the same in 2011 and 2012 but he got the better of Mark Barilli last year before losing to Robbie Green.

And Mitchell booked a place in the second round when he defeated experienced Paul Hogan, from Basingstoke, who had made the quarter-finals of the competition twice and was making his seventh appearance.

Hogan raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set, lost the second 3-1 despite a 161 game shot, went behind when he lost the third 3-2 but got it back to a decider with another 3-0 win.

However it was Mitchell who held his nerve to set himself up with a game against former world champion Christian Kist or number two seed James Wilson.

“It was just nice to be on the right end of one of these types of games,” added Mitchell, the current Daily Echo Open title holder. “Paul is an icon and local legend like Colin Monk and Andy Jenkins.”

Although Hogan is out of the competition he still has a strong interest in it – his 161 is the highest shot out of the tournament and will earn him £5,000 if it is not beaten or matched by end of play Sunday.

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