IT'S a score that even Phil Taylor would have envied --but Romsey darts player Steve Geary's perfect 180 darts score was doubly remarkable.

For Steve, (42), of Mercer Way, Romsey, is registered blind, having lost his sight 18 years ago as the result of a virus which attacked his optic nerve. All that remains is some peripheral vision.

His remarkable score came when he was playing for the Bishop Blaize pub A team in a match against a King's Somborne club. Steve, who cannot even see the board, said, "I have a little bit of sight around the edges but the dartboard is too far way to see.

"After I throw my first dart someone tells me where it landed and I adjust from there.

"With this particular throw I heard I had scored a treble 20 so I just kept my aim in the same place and got another two." Everyone, including Steve himself, was shocked that he had scored 180. The whole place was cheering, he recalls.

"I got so excited that I managed to lose the leg,"he said. "I don't remember the result of the match."

Steve played darts as a teenager but had taken a break. He started playing again two years ago.

In 1998 Steve graduated from Southampton Institute with a degree in social sciences and now works as a patient support officer at Southampton General Hospital, giving advice and information to people who are suffering from sight loss. "I advise anyone who has lost their sight to carry on with their life as it was before. Obviously, you can't drive a car but if you play darts, carry on.

"It's been great to be able to turn what happened to me all those years ago into something really positive."

As well as darts, Steve plays short mat bowls and golf and takes part in a lot of quizzes.

"As any golfer will tell you, it's all in the swing," he says.

"Someone will point me in the right direction and then it's up to me."