Darts fan meets the Wizard of Oz

Aylesbury's Ryan Fitzpatrick with darts legend Simon 'The Wizard of Oz' Whitlock
Aylesbury's Ryan Fitzpatrick with darts legend Simon 'The Wizard of Oz' Whitlock

A darts fan from Aylesbury enjoyed a unique sporting experience after winning the chance to test his skills against world darts ace Simon ‘The Wizard of Ox’ Whitlock.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, 28, proved himself to be a star of the oche during the Leyland Paints Darts Challenge at the National Painting and Decorating Show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Qualifying sessions were held each hour during the two-day show, with the winner taking on world number four Whitlock over a leg of 301. While Whitlock proved too strong, Ryan relished the experience, saying: “I had a chance to beat him with a throw at the bull! To have the chance to go up against someone like Simon was a fantastic experience.”

and I enjoyed every minute of it.”