Durrant makes history with perfect nine-darter
Monday 3rd July 2017 @ 16:35 by Mark Phillip

History was made at Denton Cricket Club last Thursday when the Audenshaw and Denton 501 League held its annual presentation night.

Invited celebrity player, reigning BDO World Champion Glen Durrant, hit the perfect nine-dart leg in defeating Darren Hebb, one of 16 challenge matches the Middlesbrough man played during the evening.

He followed two consecutive 180s with treble 20, treble 19 and double 12 to the delight, not only of himself but also to everyone else present.

Referee John Gwynne had never called a perfect leg in around forty years on the microphone, although the Denton-based broadcaster had described a few during his two decades as a Sky Sports commentator. Gwynne believes it to be the first ever nine-darter in Tameside.

It was the eighth time Durrant had achieved the feat and, asked what he thought of it, he said it was his favourite one.
“The others have been in competition, so this is my first in an exhibition. It was great to see the audience’s reaction”, he added.

Durrant didn’t have everything entirely his own way. Two local players did manage to get the better of him. Bay Horse hotshot Tom Gillam included a 180 in a 13-darter while Denton CC’s Anthony Walker checked out 99 on the bull!

Photo: Durrant, world championship trophy in hands, proudly stands in front of the board, the last three darts of his perfect game still in place.