Darts: Wallace jockeying for place in history

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Wallace jockeying for place in history

Southampton-based Les Wallace - one of only two Scottish players to have won the Embassy World Darts Championship - is desperately anxious to chalk up another victory to equal the legendary Jocky Wilson, who won in both 1982 and 1989. Wallace, champion in 1997, opened the 1999 tournament at Frimley Green, Surrey, with a 3-0 victory over his fellow Scot Danny Cunningham. At the Skol PDC World Championships in Purfleet, Essex, the six-times world champion Phil Taylor won through to meet Alan Warriner in the semi- finals, while Shayne Burgess and Peter Manley contest the other. Most people outside darts believe the Skol championship is the better event because it has the best known players in its ranks, but the Embassy, which has much greater strength in depth, has produced far better averages for the past four years and has far more prize-money.