The dreams of eight amateur darts fanatics have well and truly taken flight with Speedy Services after qualifying for one of the sport’s biggest tournaments.

The lucky eight triumphed over hundreds of other hopefuls at Old Trafford during the second of Speedy’s four qualifying events for the prestigious UK Open in Bolton in June.

Each player had to throw 15 darts in a bid to score one of the highest 16 cumulative totals, with those 16 players then playing off over the best of three legs of 501 to win a place at the Open, affectionately known as the ‘FA cup of darts’.

St Helens’ Stephen Bunting (28) topped the 15 dart chart with a whopping score of 660, paving the way for eventual qualification after winning two-nil in his 501 knock out.

Michael Bushby, Mark McGeeney, Daz Twist, Tony Martin, Stuart Lowe, Nigel Daniels and Paul Whitworth also qualified and can now look forward to an appearance at the FA Cup of Darts at the Reebok Stadium on June 6.

At Old Trafford, Speedy enlisted the help of 2008 BDO World Champion Mark Webster, who was on hand to offer expert advice and he was extremely impressed with the quality on show.

The Manchester qualifier follows an event at Hampden Park in Scotland and will be followed by two further qualifiers at Wolverhampton Civic Hall (22nd April) and Alexandra Palace (24th April), all organised by Speedy, the UK’s leading provider of equipment rental and support services.

Speedy’s communications manager, Sian English, said: “The talent on display at Old Trafford blew us away. Stephen’s score of 660 with 15 darts has set the bar very high and will it will be a tough challenge to beat this at our next two dates.

“You could see what the competition meant to the players and it was great to see the winner’s expressions when they hit the winning double to bag their place at Bolton.

“This is Speedy’s third year as title sponsors of the UK Open and each year the standard of players at our qualifiers gets better and better. We wish the eight qualifiers the best of luck for June.”

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