January 17, 2019

Glen Durrant made history by matching Eric Bristow’s record of three consecutive World Championship titles as he defeated Scott Waites in final at the Lakeside Country Club. Waites was also looking for a third world title but after a magnificent run throughout the week, couldn’t find the championship winning darts that had taken him to two previous titles.

There were many great moments in the 2019 BDO World Professional Darts Championship, here are just a few to whet your appetite for the year ahead…

Both Wez Newton and Andy Hamilton made their debuts on the Lakeside stage in 2019, in the preliminary round. Unfortunately for the former PDC Premier League duo, they suffered early defeats at ‘the home of world darts’ as Canada’s David Cameron recorded a decisive victory over ‘The Hammer’ before England’s Paul Hogan defeated Fleetwood thrower Newton.

Crowd favourite Tony O’Shea made his long-awaited return to the oche to face long-time adversary Wesley Harms in the first round. ‘Silverback’ failed to qualify for the 2018 World Championships, and despite a huge backing from a packed-out Lakeside, O’Shea would loose out to the number four seed in a tight tussle. In what many pundits described as the game of the tournament, Lakeside debutant Nigel Heydon took on experienced campaigner Richard Veenstra. The match would go all the way to a crucial deciding leg where ultimately Veenstra’s experience would show and he would progress to round two.

So, we entered the last 16, shocks a plenty livening up what was already a special tournament. Number one seed Mark McGeeney crashing out at the hands of Conan Whitehead in a whitewash victory for ‘The Barbarian’. Checkouts of 119 and 105 carrying the Kent star to a career defining win over one of the BDO’s biggest stars. In another Lakeside classic, Willem Mandigers defeated fellow Dutchman Wesley Harms over six sets. In a back and fourth encounter, Mandigers’ clinical finishing was the difference between the two as he went on to record his best ever performance at the Lakeside.

The quarter-finals saw the saw the two-time former World Champion Scott Waites take a confident win over the dangerous looking Conan Whitehead. In a game of spectacular finishing we saw a 142 and 154 out from Whitehead, but Waites’ experience would be the deciding factor as he reached the final four. Germany’s Michael Unterbuchner would defeat Willem Mandigers in a thrilling contest before number three seed Jim Williams defeated 2015 champion Scott Mitchell to progress to the semi-finals.

After squeezing past a reinvigorated Scott Baker in round two, reigning champion Glen Durrant would face Kyle McKinstry in the quarter-finals. The Northern Irishman started well, putting the Middlesbrough man under heaps of pressure. But after breaking in the sixth set of the match, Durrant would find his best game to put an end to McKinstry’s chances of a first BDO major crown.

The final four saw Scott Waites take on Michael Untebuchner and Jim Williams against good friend Glen Durrant. ‘Scotty-2-Hotty’ would make light work of Unterbuchner who failed to get out of first gear in a pressurised game for the German.

In the second semi-final, Welsh thrower Williams pushed tournament favourite Durrant all the way. Although the 6-3 scoreline may suggest a simple victory for the latter, that does not reflect to full story. Middlesbrough based Durrant led for most of the contest but would lose the opening leg on throw as Williams steamed out of the blocks. Three legs of the spin including a Shanghai 120 checkout gave the Welshman the early advantage. That would be as good as it got for Williams as Durrant controlled the rest of the match despite brief fightbacks from ‘The Quiff’. The tie would be put to bed in the ninth set, as Durrant confirmed his place alongside Waites in Sunday’s final.

Durrant kicked off the final in spectacular fashion, taking the opening set against throw with a 100% success rate on the doubles.

The following two sets would also go against throw with Waites taking out 128 to stop Durrant gaining an early two set advantage. Waites would take the lead for the first time in the match as he added a further ton plus checkout to his outstanding final record. Durrant wouldn’t waste time in returning the favour, remaining ruthless on the outer ring to heap the pressure back on the 2016 champion. 

Waites would take out the fifth 160 checkout of the tournament, but a break of throw from Durrant and a missed shot at the bullseye would haul him back in front. Then would come the pivotal moment; ‘Duzza’ taking out checkouts of 70 and 80 to open up a two-set advantage for the first time in the contest.

Three missed doubles from Waites in the 10th set would hand Durrant the chance for a history making third consecutive world title. The crowd erupted at Durrant sealed the match on double 16, seeing him match Bristow’s 35-year-old record!

BY JOSH GREEN (@JoshGreenMedia)