Sporting heroes collided in a darts challenge at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium.
Stars of the oche Wayne ‘Hawaii 501’ Mardle and Dave ‘Chizzy’ Chisnall went toe-to-toe with a Town player of the past and a present-day Giant of Super League.
The event, called Pros and Legends Masters of Darts, was hailed a success as the fun exhibition night was played out in front of a packed audience.
Compered by ‘voice of darts’ John Gwynne, the night included an auction for the homeless charity Simon on the Streets.
The event was the first of its kind organised by stadium company KSDL and managing director Gareth Davies said: “Usually the stadium hosts other people’s events but this was one of our own.
“It was a really successful night with 200 tickets sold.”
Though Cherry, also a former director at Town, was a bit wayward with the arrows, Crabtree proved a dab hand.
Loudmouth Mardle, whose gaudy Hawaiian shirt was even louder than his voice, heckled Crabtree at one point and said: “I know he’s bigger than me but I don’t care!”
One of the highlights of the night was a best of three ‘triples’ contest which pitted Chisnall and Crabtree against Mardle and Cherry.
The duos were joined by volunteers from the audience who both proved game for a laugh.
Multi-media designer Luke Batley, 26, a Slaithwaite lad now living in Mirfield, joined Team Chizzy while barman Tom Webb, 26, from Leeds, lined up for the opposition.
Luke lost a flight even before his first throw. By the end he’d somehow lost one of his darts, much to Mardle’s amusement.
Tom, who claimed to work in a bar without a dartboard, started off well hitting 60 and then 100.
Former international Mardle, once ranked No5 in the world, bagged the first 180 and did a lap of honour, high-fiving most of the audience.
With the contest locked at 1-1 Mardle had chance to win it but decided to ‘blow’ the darts from his mouth.
He failed, allowing Crabtree a 40 finish to steal a 2-1 victory.
The dartboard used on the night was signed by the players and raised £150 at an auction of memorabilia. In total £600 was raised.