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Ladies night in Blackpool

Billy Weir’s wacky world of sport on television

When darts’ resident MC John McDonald, somewhat harshly, announced that it was ‘the biggest ever women’s darts final’ you knew it was going to be a strange evening.

The World Matchplay in Blackpool had an ‘interesting’ aside when Stacy Bromberg from America took on England’s Tricia Wright with £10k up for grabs.

I thought he had said Bella Emberg but on closer inspection it appeared that Chuck Norris was taking on the offspring of David Dickenson and Englebert Humperdinck.

At least Chuck could do just that, while Tricia (not pictured) started well with a 20 and then put one out of the board! This clearly rattled Stacy as she responded later in the same leg with a grand total of five. It was like having the two non-dart throwers on Bullseye up against each other but instead of a speedboat, they were playing for loads of cash.

This needs investigating — lucky then that Stacy, we were told by the aptly named commentator Rod Studd, is a private eye in Las Vegas.

She won — eventually — and will no longer be living on a Shoestring. No doubt she celebrated with a Magnum of champagne. Okay, I’ll stop now.

Onto the men, in a manner of speaking, and the final everyone wanted — Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld. Cracking game but the highlight was the camera panning in on Michael Le Vell, Kevin Webster to you and me, and the place erupting into a chorus of boos. It put Barney off and Kev got a withering look that Sally would have been proud of.

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