Star-studded darts

Local darts is heading in the right direction.

After the tragic loss of one its members the sport has pushed ahead to compete in arguably the sport’s biggest competition.

Now darts looks to brighten the Cayman landscape with regional stars.

Hubert ‘Tengue’ Brown and Mark Anthony Birthwright are expected to highlight this year’s annual Vivian Rankine memorial tournament.

Both men are natives of Jamaica and are currently strong forces in the darts scene there.

Brown competed for Jamaica at the last Caribbean Championship in Barbados three years ago and plies his skills in the US darts circuit from his new home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Birthwright meanwhile heads the Jamaican Darts Association and is responsible for selecting the Jamaican team for overseas competitions such as the Caribbean Championship.

The pair is revered in darts circles across the region for their glory days some 30 years ago.

In those times the duo were powerhouses on the Caribbean scene and won a number of Caribbean singles and doubles titles.

The duo is being brought down to Cayman by tournament organizer and darts aficionado Martin Bodden.

The local policemen and dominoes lover talked about his feelings on the arrival of the stars.

‘Those guys are some of the most respected names in Caribbean darts because of all of their championships. I played against Tengue once and I tell you he is the real deal.

‘We’re brining in these guys to promote the Vivian Rankine tournament, help raise funds for the Rankine family and rise the spirits of darts in Cayman.’

The annual tournament is slated to take place starting from Saturday October 31 at the Corner Pocket bar.

Last year’s tournament was an epic affair that produced a new winner in Richard Campbell and elevated the young Caymanian’s status in local darts.