ENGLAND darts international Steve Coote was in top form at an exhibition match in aid of St Ann's Hospice, Little Hulton.

The former German Open champion, from Bolton, scored an impressive four 180s, 16 140s, four 137s and 13 tons at the event at Henighan's in Little Lever.

It was the latest organised by Radcliffe Athletic Club member Jim Rhodes, chairman of the Lancashire Darts Association, who has raised £70,500 for the hospice in 37 years.

It was held in memory of his lifelong friend and former Bury FC player, Frank Warwick, who died recently.

Several members of Frank's family attended and trophies were presented in his memory.

Coote lost only three out of 20 games of 501-up to Ian Warwick, young up-and-coming award winner Jaeden Beswick and outstanding cup winner Tony Severs, who achieved a two-dart 100-finish.

The men's High-score Cup was won by David Swindells, scoring 140 and 100, and the ladies' High-score Cup went to Lynn Foster, who scored 129.

The men's and ladies' Athletics Club High-score Cups were won by Thomas Waters, with 85, and Elaine Waters, with 72.

The match raised £240 and Jim also presented a £1,000 cheque for money raised throughout the year to St Ann's.

Coote received a special award in appreciation of his support of the hospice.