CANDY Miller has hit the bull's eye after being crowned the world's oldest darts player at the age of 92.

The great-grandmother has been playing the game for 52 years and still turns out once a week for her local social club side.

The pensioner, who relies on a walking stick for movement, uses the incentive of sparing her arthritic knees to win her matches as quick as she can.

Despite her restricted mobility there is nothing wrong with Candy's aim or eyesight and she still regularly wipes the floor with players more than half her age. 'Dead eye' Mrs Miller uses her trusted tungsten darts she had specially made more than 40 years ago and has hit two 180 maximum scores with them.

She still scores a healthy average of 48 every time she steps up to throw.

Her daughter Anne recently asked the Guinness Book of Records about the category for the world's oldest player. After carrying out some research the organisation confirmed that the nonagenarian is the oldest living darts player.

Mrs Miller, a widow from Poole, Dorset, said: 'I am quite proud of the achievement and I will carry on playing for as long as my knees let me.          –GN

'Going up and down the oche is about as far as I can walk with them at the moment. But I still play once a week and still play a good game and win every now and again. I'm known in the league as the 'sixteener' as I always aim for the number 16. If you miss you are likely to hit 17 or 19 rather than one or five if you go for 20. I have hit two 180s, although the last one was about 30 years ago. But it is very rare that I have a poor score, I still get a lot of trebles.'

Candy, a retired dressmaker, first took the game up after a female friend started a darts team up in 1960. In her glory days she played every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for various teams before scaling her performances back after husband Len died 17 years ago. She plays for the Alderney Manor Social Club in the Bournemouth and District Ladies Darts League. The team is currently 7th out of eight in the league table. The team's captain is 84-year-old Rose Kettley, who is herself one of the oldest darts players in Britain. Over the years Candy has won dozens and trophies and cups that she now proudly displays in her bungalow home.