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Gemma Hayter is hoping to get back in the England Ladies team for next year after making her debut at the British Internationals at the weekend.

The 22-year-old, who plays for Hampshire, enjoyed a 3-0 win over Frances Lawson on Sunday, as England cruised to a 6-0 victory against Scotland to retain the Ladies title.

And after experiencing her first taste of international darts, Hayter is aiming to earn more caps for her country in the years ahead.

“It was a really proud moment for me,” she said. “It was a bit of a shock that I even got considered, let alone selected.

“Halfway through the season I realised I was playing in the form of my life. I thought I’d probably be the reserve because Maria O’Brien was higher than me in the averages, but I knew that I was being considered.

“The aim next year will be to try and get back in the team. It’s hard for me, because obviously everyone wants to get to Lakeside, but I don’t do the tour.

“I can’t because of work commitments, so the only chance for me would be to get through the qualifiers. Hopefully I can win the qualifier to get there.”

Hayter has been playing in the Hampshire Ladies team since the age of 15, and made her England debut in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Wales.

England raced into a 3-0 lead, before Trina Gulliver, Deta Hedman and then Hayter all tasted defeat to hand Wales a point.

But Hayter and the England team regrouped for the final day and were all victorious in a 6-0 whitewash over Scotland to ensure they kept hold of the trophy.

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