“EVEN better than winning the Scottish Singles title.”
That was the view of Kirkcaldy darts player Alan Small after representing his country for the first time.
His inclusion in the Scotland side that took part in the 34th BDO British International Championship held in Glenrothes landed the 43-year-old his first national cap.
More than 500 packed into the CISWO Club to witness the tri-nation competition that brought some of the world’s best darts players including the current BDO World Champion Scott Waites, three time Lakeside winner Martin Adams and nine time ladies World Champion, Trina Gulliver to the Kingdom for the first time.
Alan played his part in Scotland’s 7-5 win over Wales with a 3-2 win agianst his opponent Mike Gillet. A maximum 180 in the second leg gave the Fifer a two legs to nil lead before the Welshman clawed his way back into the tie to level at 2-2.
But a ton and a 140 in the lest leg helped Alan to his first international win.
Fellow Fifer Colin Feeley went down 1-3 to Welshman Mark Layton in the same match.
But the biggest cheer of the weekend came when Alan was announced to the audience ahead of the clash between Scotland and England.
The Fifer narrowly lost out to Paul Hogan 2-3, but not before he notched up a 156 checkout, the biggest of the three-day tournament, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.
“That’s the best moment of my darts life”, an emotional Alan said afterwards.
“Everyone wants to represent their country whatever sport they play, and for me to do that and to do it in front of my family and friends and a Fife audience makes it very special indeed and and huge honour.
“Some of the very best darts players including the likes of Marin Adams, Tony O’Shea and John Walton are here this weekend so for me to be playing alongside the calibre of those guys means you’ve really got to step up a level.
“The plan now is to use the experience to improve my game and hopefully I’ll continue to be selected.”