DARTS OF GOLD

Lorraine Farlam, darts champion and winner of the British Gold Cup
Lorraine Farlam, darts champion and winner of the British Gold Cup
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DARTS ace Lorraine Farlam has described her victory in the singles of the prestigious British Darts Organisation (BDO) Gold Cup as one of the biggest wins of her career.

England international Farlam swept aside the current world number one Deta Hedman in the semi-finals on her way to being crowned the 2011 ladies champion at the Lakeside Country Club, the home of world darts, earlier this month.

The 35-year-old beauty therapist successfully qualified to represent Cheshire at the competition in both the ladies singles and pairs competition; in the latter she reached the last eight with her playing partner Sherrie Dodd.

But it was in the singles where Farlam excelled, coming through a tough semi-final against Oxfordshire representative Hedman 3-2 before continuing her high-scoring to see off Sarah Thornbury, of Montgomery & Radnor, a semi-final victor over the highly-ranked Karen Lawman, 3-0 in the final.

Mother-of-two Farlam, of Dale Road, Buxton, who is currently ranked number five in the world, said: “I played consistently well overall.

“This was the second time I had beaten Hedman. We always have a really good game, but thankfully I came out on top this time.

“I went into the competition in quite a confident frame of mind and just about managed to keep my focus.

“Apart from qualifying for the Lakeside, this is the biggest competition I have won.”

Getting her name on the coveted trophy, however, will not assist her quest to reach the Lakeside for a second successive year, following on from her debut appearance in January, as the competition carries with it no ranking points.

Finishing outside the top three in the world would mean Farlam having to qualify for the end-of-season showcase.

Farlam went in search of more ranking points at the England Masters in Blackpool last weekend, when she reached the semi-finals only to be narrowly beaten by eventual winner Anastasia Dobromyslova 3-2 in the women’s singles.

Farlam reached the final of the women’s pairs with Emma McGarvie, but lost 3-0 to the pairing of Trina Gulliver and Lisa Ashton.

She also reached the quarter-finals of the England National Singles, having dispatched world number one Hedman 3-0 in an earlier round.

“Having beaten her the other week, I would have thought she would have come out all guns blazing, but she didn’t play as well as she could and I played consistently well,” Farlam added.

Farlam now heads to the Arena Sports Centre in Kettering this weekend to compete in the British Classic, where she has been drawn in the first round against Buckinghamshire’s Sue Smith.

l Two-time Scottish Open champion Farlam is currently supported by local firm RMW Bathrooms and Kitchens.

Anyone who would like to sponsor her or offer their assistance can get in touch by emailing dartchick@talktalk.net.