Maltby Le Marsh darts star Sam Hewson has described his Lakeside World Championship debut as ‘The best experience of his life.’
The 21-year-old was the youngest in the competition and played his match in front of an all singing crowd against Yorkshireman Scott Waites, 37, on Sunday evening.
The final score was 3-2 to Waites, but Sam played an outstanding match which everyone was talking about.
The crowd’s reception as Sam entered to play and the overwhelming amount of support via social media enhances the opinion that Sam is the one to watch in the future and no-one has any doubt that he’ll be back fighting for a Lakeside return next year.
“The night was an amazing experience, the best of my life” Sam said.
“I was happy overall considering it was my debut and I went up there, enjoyed it and gave it my all.
“Plus the crowd were amazing.”
And there are sure to be more chants of signature nickname ‘Yamma’, which was plastered across the back of his match jersey.
Sam added: “My nickname came from college when one of my mates started calling me it for talking too much. But when my name was called, it was like a dream come true.
“I just thought, this is it, Here we go.
“I must shout out a special mention to all my friends and family, particularly my mum, dad, brother and my girlfriend for the immense support on the day, they were second to none.
“Thanks also to my sponsors ARG plumbing and heating, who have been there from the start. Plus Batemans Brewery and Kirkstead Holiday Park.
“In addition, thank you to past sponsors Focus Signs and Rick Howell Steelworks for their amazing contributions which have helped me travel the world and get me the ranking points to have got me where I am today.”
But what’s next for this bright youngster?
“Next up for me is to continue my pursuit in qualifying for next years Lakeside. The Scottish Open is next on my list which takes place in the middle of February.”