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Helmsdale darts player is crowned Scottish Tour champion in biggest win of career

By Will Clark

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Nicky Denoon
Nicky Denoon

Helmsdale darts player Nicky Denoon has claimed the biggest victory of his career after winning the Scottish Darts Association Tour championship.

The 40-year-old bricklayer came out on top when he defeated Jamie Bain in the final 6-2 to win the trophy for the first time.

Denoon, who plays for Portland A in the Inverness Darts League, finished second in the group stages to advance to the knockout rounds and defeated Scott Robertson 6-4 in the semi final before going on to beat Bain in the final.

Denoon says it was his proudest day as a darts player so far and after reaching last year’s final, was pleased to go one better.

“I got beat in the final by Jamie last year so I managed to get my revenge this time around,” he joked.

“I would have been disappointed if I lost in the final for the second year running.

“Last year did give me a bit of motivation to go and win it this year.

“Last year, I did win one of the tour events in Bannockburn in the lead up to the finals.

“But this is the best tournament that I have won in my career."

Denoon said he got off to a nervous start in the group stages, but as the competition went on, he soon found his momentum and felt in good form to go on and win the title.

“In my first match I did miss a few doubles, but from the second game onwards I felt like I was playing a lot better.

“My doubles were going in and my scoring was high and felt that I was achieving good consistency.

“Everything fell together to help me win the title, I was two legs down in the fina,l but I then went to go on to win six legs on the trot to go and win the title. I have won a lot of singles titles, but this is probably the biggest win of my career so far."

Denoon is looking forward to defending his title when the tour is scheduled to start next month.

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