Graham Baker Memorial Trophy raises almost £1,000 for charity

Basingstoke Gazette: Celebrations all round for the winners of the Graham Baker Memorial Trophy Celebrations all round for the winners of the Graham Baker Memorial Trophy

NEARLY £1,000 was raised for the British Heart Foundation by darts players at the annual Graham Baker Memorial Trophy, held at the Oakridge West Community Centre.

The day consisted of three dart competitions, various raffles and an auction. One of the raffles was a pound coin number organised by Debbie Shadwell, which raised £100 and the winner of this donated his prize money back to charity.

The Graham Baker Memorial Trophy had entries from men, ladies and youth players. And there was also a Plate competition for the first round losers.

The main competition was won by David Hewlett, the brother of Britain’s got Talent star Steve, who turned on the Basingstoke Christmas lights this year.

His darts-playing brother certainly lit up the board with his arrows, as he lost only one leg all day.

He won the crown as he beat Graham Hardy 3-0 in the final, while Steve Shadwell and Jack Morris were the losing semi-finalists.

Hewlett said: “It was the trophy everyone wanted to win, which is why it means so much to me.

“Graham was one of the nicest men you would ever meet.”

The Plate final was won by Graham Baker’s good friend Andy Saunders, who beat Ian Vaughan 3-1 in the final.

The losing semi-finalists were Richie Waite and Dave Gregory.

The finals were called by the British Darts Organisation’s top referee Nick Rolls, and the trophies were presented by Dave Baker, father of Graham, who died of a heart attack six years ago.

There was also an under-14 competition organised by Kirsty Monk.

All of the under-14 players were presented with a Graham Baker certificate as a memento of the day.

Josh Chapman won the event, beating Liam O’Shea in the final.

Mitchell Wiles and Joe Hearne lost out in the semi-finals.

The whole day was run by Jo and Paul O’Shea, and John Bartlett, who were very close friends of Graham Baker.

They would like to thank everyone for their help.

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