World number one Glen Durrant completed an incredible feat at the Lakeside Country Club on Sunday evening as he defeated fellow former two-times champion Scott Waites 7-3 to become the first man since Eric Bristow in 1986 to win three World titles in a row.
Durrant had his eyes on Bristow’s 30 year+ record as he went into the event but knew it would not be easy coming up against Waites, who despite not coming into the tournament as favourite, had battled his way past some respectable opponents to reach the final. The first set went the way of the Middlesbrough man, though, as he broke in the first leg of the match and won the opening salvo 3-1. In set 2, though, Waites responded quickly to go 2-0 up. Glen then took out 131 on double 16 to save the set but ‘Scotty 2 Hotty’ was undeterred and won the next leg to level proceedings at 1-1.
In set 3, Durrant battled on to take the lead, pinning a double 12 to firmly establish his credentials in his third successive BDO World final. In the next set, Waites held off another Duzza challenge with a pin-perfect double 16, with the number 2 seed lurking just behind him, keen to extend his lead. The final had struggled to come to life with neither challenging on one another’s throw as yet but a brilliant 104 checkout from Scott put him 2-1 up in set number five as he looked to go ahead. He then held throw in the fifth and final leg off the set to lead 3-2. The first big missed double opportunity of the game swiftly came for the Huddersfield thrower in the next set as he missed the big number when setting up to leave a dart at bull, a dart which would have put him 2-1 up, with the darts for a 4-2 lead. Duzza went on to hold to win the set, levelling at 3-3.
‘Scotty 2 Hotty’ had handily disposed of German Michael Unterbuchner in the semi-final and was not going down without a fight in the final, illustrated in leg one of set 7 as he took out 160 to take the early lead. Nonetheless, it was a Durrant break which was to come in the set as Glen took a 4-3 lead, a set in which Durrant missed the bull for a 170 finish, which would have won him the £5,000 prize for the highest checkout of the tournament. In the next set, Glen had darts to break to go within a leg of a 2 set lead but Waites tidied up on double 1 to level at 1-1 in set 8. It was Glen though that took the set, taking out 70 against the darts to go 5-3 up. With the action tied at 1-1 in the next set, Durrant took out a phenomenal 106 out to go within a leg of a 6-3 lead but Waites broke back immediately. If there was any moment in the game for Duzza to get his scoring boots on, though, it was in the next leg, as he hit a 177 to set up double 4 for a 6-3 advantage.
In the next set, a 114 from Glen piled the pressure on Waites, who had taken an early 2-0 advantage, as he took the set to 2-1 before a double 16 followed to put Duzza within a leg of victory. Scott Waites then missed three darts at double 18 to keep himself in the event as Glen swept up and took out double 16 to win his third consecutive world title.
A magical Lakeside for Glen as Q School beckons
The ambition of Glen Durrant heading into this BDO World Championship was always clear: emulate the long-held record of Eric Bristow of being the only man to win three Lakesides on the bounce. And, when he achieved it yesterday evening, it was clear to see he was overwhelmed with the achievement, although not extremely emotional, as the significance of his victory settled in. Although not being a very close final, with Durrant sliding away from Waites in similar fashion to how he had edged past Danny Noppert in the 2017 tournament’s climax, it was clear to see that, once again, a very humble Durrant was grateful to have once again been gracing the stage with another member of the Lakeside firmament in Scott Waites.
However, there will be little time for Glen to rejoice in his victory. Later this week, he heads to Wigan for PDC Qualifying School, where, for the first time, he will attempt to win a Tour Card. Scott Waites, as well as a vast number of BDO competitors, will be heading to the event too as a result of the more lenient rulings, so it may well have been the last Lakeside appearance for a few of the competitors last week. It may be a short celebration period for Glen this time around but he can still be delighted with the way he has dealt with the weight of expectation this year, once again. I’ll be back later this week, covering Q-School. Thanks for reading and catch you later!