An unsuspecting darts fan from Ipswich found himself at the heart of the action at the Cazoo Masters in Milton Keynes last month.

Ryan Smith stepped up to the oche and took part in a three-dart challenge alongside other members of the public, aiming for the highest score possible.

After achieving an impressive score of 98 Ryan rocketed to the top of the leaderboard, just behind Danish darts fan Tom Nielsen – who scored an incredible 128.

Both fans won the opportunity to go head-to-head in a thrilling nine-dart showdown on the main stage in front of a captivated audience, just before the main action got underway.

Ipswich Star: Ryan got to meet his darts heroes, including Stephen Bunting (centre)Ryan got to meet his darts heroes, including Stephen Bunting (centre) (Image: bet365)

Legendary master of ceremonies, John McDonald, elevated the spectacle by presenting both winners with their own branded darts shirts and the privilege of their own walk-on experience.

Following an intense battle, Tom emerged victorious and celebrated with the sell-out crowd inside the Marshall Arena.

The experience didn’t stop there, as the duo were then whisked away for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, exploring the players' practice room, and meeting stars including Stephen Bunting, who went on to win the tournament, Joe Cullen and more.

Ryan said of his experience: "Stepping up to oche on the main stage at the 2024 Cazoo Masters was an unexpected experience that I’ll never forget.

"Not only did I get to meet so many legendary darts players, but all of my friends were upgraded to hospitality for the evening too, which made the experience even more special and is something that we’ll be talking about for years to come."

A bet365 spokesperson said: “At bet365, we believe that every sport is epic and were delighted to provide our winners with an extraordinary night of darts action.

"Tom and Ryan having the opportunity to play on the main stage at the PDC Masters in Milton Keynes is a testament to the enhanced enjoyment we aim to bring to sports fans worldwide."