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Soham darts player Brett Claydon lands BDO British Gold Cup Men's Pairs title alongside Suffolk team-mate Curtis Hammond

Weekends like the one just gone make all of the hours spent on the practice board and travelling up and down the country worthwhile for Soham’s Brett Claydon.

Playing alongside Curtis Hammond in Rotherham, the 36-year-old clinched the BDO British Gold Cup Men’s Pairs title – a prestigious annual event that sees all the county champions from over the country play off to decide the British champion.

As well as the substantial prize money, the pair collected the historic trophy and will have their names engraved alongside some of the greats of darts, including Mervyn King and Peter Wright, who were the last Suffolk winners of the trophy almost 25 years ago.

Brett Claydon (right)| and Curtis Hammond lift the trophy. Picture: @Dean Coe
Brett Claydon (right)| and Curtis Hammond lift the trophy. Picture: @Dean Coe

Claydon, who plays for Walsham-le-Willows in the Men's Suffolk Super League, said: “We qualified through a hard group in the Suffolk qualifying competition so I thought we had a good chance if we played like I know we can.

“It was after the quarter-finals when the belief really started to grow because we took out some big shots against two Welsh internationals.

“It is the highest pairs victory you can achieve in the BDO and so it was magnificent to have got it done. It is right up there as one of my biggest ever victories.”

For Claydon, the win has also given his self confidence levels a massive shot in the arm.

“I am still enjoying it although there was a bit of a lull three months or so ago,” he added.

“You spend all that time working on your game, going away every weekend and then you run into someone in form and get beat.

“This sort of win gives you so much hope and the confidence to know you can do it.

“Players from the whole country enter the competition and to follow such big names in winning it shows the size of the achievement – it has not sunk in properly yet.”