Lakeside 2017 Match Reports
Lakeside Day 8 - Evening Session - Men's 2nd Semi-Final
Tournament favourite Glen Durrant will take on third seed and Lakeside debutant Danny Noppert in Sunday's BDO World Championship Final after the pair defeated Jamie Hughes and Darryl Fitton respectively in the last four, whilst Lisa Ashton won the women's world title for a third time at the Lakeside Country Club on Saturday.
Top seed Glen Durrant stormed into his maiden World Championship Final with a comprehensive 6-1 victory over Jamie Hughes on Saturday evening. After some nervous recent displays, 'Duzza' was back to his clinical best against the fourth seed, averaging 96.27, landing seven maximums and taking out a magical 170 to prevail.
Hughes enjoyed the perfect start; breaking Durrant's throw with a confident 80 checkout. However, 'Duzza' pinned D8 to break straight back, before hitting D5 to lead. Hughes defied Durrant's first maximum to hold throw with a 75 finish to round off a 14-darter, but the top seed held his nerve to clinch the opening set with a commanding 13-dart leg.
The second set was a case of missed opportunities for 'Yozza'. He spurned four darts to hold in the opening leg, before missing D8 for a 136 kill as Durrant extended his cushion with a 14-darter on tops. Hughes landed his second maximum and registered a 13-darter to fightback, but 'Duzza' dispatched a clean 72 kill on tops to double his lead.
The Teessider produced a vintage showing in the third set. He began the set by following up a visit of 174 with a stunning 132 checkout on the bull for a 12-dart hold. He then posted his second successive 12-darter after conjuring up a majestic 170 finish, before nailing D10 to establish a commanding three-set cushion.
The top seed was flowing and broke early in set four with a 13-darter, having left D8 after just nine darts. Durrant then clinically converted a 117 outshot on tops to register his sixth straight leg and although Hughes halted his slide with a 14-dart hold, 'Duzza' dispatched a 74 kill with consummate ease for his fourth consecutive set.
'Yozza' bounced back strongly in the fifth set however. He sank D8 for a 15-darter, before hitting the same target to double his tally despite Durrant firing in his fifth maximum. Hughes failed to convert a 92 kill which would have clinched the set to nil, but he returned to land his fourth maximum and peg D3 to finally open his account.
This gave the Tipton ace renewed confidence, as Hughes moved 2-1 ahead in the sixth with two quality 13-darters. Nevertheless, the Teessider heaped the pressure on Hughes by forcing a set decider and the Black Country ace wilted, following up five perfect darts with five missed set darts as 'Duzza' established an almost unassailable 5-1 cushion on D10.
The world number one sensed blood and kicked off the seventh set with a nerveless 117 finish. Hughes squared the set with an impressive 14-darter but it proved to be his last act. Durrant wired D18 for a 147 kill but returned to pin D18 and move to the brink of victory, before he sealed his emphatic progression with another 13-darter via D16.