This article was originally published on the Tivy-Side Advertiser website.
Rising star Jamie Lewis of Cardigan caused eyebrows to be raised in the darts world at the weekend by becoming the youngest ever to play in the highly competitive British Inter Counties League.
Officials of the British Darts Organisation admitted to being stunned on hearing that a 13-year-old was competing against the best in the country.
The Cardigan Secondary School pupil represented Pembrokeshire B against Gwynedd in Anglesey on Saturday, when his deadeye throwing in a comfortable win made such an impression on the selectors they decided to throw him in at the deep end in the A match on Sunday. Up against Will Roberts, a seasoned campaigner on the British circuit, Jamie just missed the bull to record a 3-0 win.
The Gwynedd darter then showed his class by storming back to level at 2-2, but any fears that the teenager might crack under pressure in the final leg were soon allayed.
Displaying steely nerves he raised his game, hit a maximum and went out on double 18 with Roberts more than 200 behind, a performance that brought a standing ovation from an appreciative crowd at Llangefni.
British Darts Organisation told the Tivy-Side : “It is nothing short of remarkable that a 13-year-old is more than holding his own in what is undoubtedly the best darts league in the world. “Jamie is a rare talent, and great for darts,” he said.