Mixing it with the big boys! Maltby darts brothers take on darts giants, with Sam seeing off Dutchman Jimmy Hendriks

Local darts player Sam Hewson of Maltby le Marsh is making great waves in the game.
Local darts player Sam Hewson of Maltby le Marsh is making great waves in the game.

Maltby le Marsh darts brothers Sam and Robbie Hewson have been mixing it with the senior BDO professionals in recent weeks.

Older brother Sam started his senior campaign in the Welsh Open on the May 19 against the world ranked number six Dutchman Jimmy Hendriks.

Sam stunned the Dutchman from the start and won a tight but powerful and well deserved game 3-2.

Sam was obviously very pleased with this massive scalp but then laughed and released he had only progressed to the last 512 players.

He sensibly knuckled down and went on a strong run beating Scotland’s Craig Stein 3-0, England’s Steve Hand 3-0 & then Darren Layden 3-0,Welshman Wayne Glover 4-2 to get down to the last 32.

Another Dutchman World Ranked 27 Rick Hofstra was to be to strong and edged out Sam 4-2. However a great start in his first Senior event which also earned him 14 ranking points and put him straight in at World No 256 out of over 1,100 players who have taken part so.

He has also taken part in seven out of nine PDC Youth events this year and is currently ranked 32nd in the world so he is reasonably happy with the progression in what is a far tougher line up than the previous year because the age limit has been increased from 21 to 24.

Younger brother Robbie has just had a great weekend on the south coast at Selsey where the English Open was held.

In the Men’s Singles he started strongly and continued with wins over John Gibson 3-1, Joe Davis 3-0, Mick Cookman 3-1, Jim Whithers 4-2 to get to the last 32 where he was drawn to play against the Welsh International and World No. 53 Wayne Warren on stage.

Robbie won the bull but lost the first leg with his darts and found himself then chasing the game has all legs then went with throw.

Warren had missed calculated his finish on the last leg getting double 10 instead of double 20 but with a dart still in his hand he got another double 10 to win 4-2.

Robbie also got 14 ranking points so both brothers are now ranked at = 307th from out of just over 1100 players and have only played in a couple of these events out of the 10 or 12 that have been played so far this year.

Robbie was also in the Youths Singles the following day where he progressed through to the TV linked final and watched by over 2,000 people live.

He progressed fairly easy to the last 32 where he then came up against the England International youth player Josh McCarthy and then beat the competition favourite Jordan Singh in the last 16 followed by wins over London youths Andrew Clark and Dean Coughlan.

A great final on stage but opponent Kallum Graham from Lancs meant business when he started off with a 177. This got him down to a double first which he took out 1st time of asking. Graham then hit a 180 in the 2nd leg and made sure he was controlling the game.

Robbie bounced back with a 180 of his own and took the leg to make it 2-1 but Graham didn’t let him back in and with a shorter format in the Youths it was all over with a Lancs 3-1 win. Kallum had a 29.24 average and Robbie a 27.42

The family are very proud of the boys with there continued progression and would like to once again thank their sponsors who help make this happen - ARG Plumbing from Louth, Rick Howell Steelworks from Theddlethorpe, The Colin Blades Memorial Fund from Louth, Focus Signs from Alford & Steve Wood Plastering from Maltby.