Glen Durrant and Fallon Sherrock secured Finder Darts Masters glory on Sunday, after an enthralling day of action in Zuiderduin.
Sherrock defeated 3-Time World Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova comprehensively in the final, failing to drop a leg against the Russian.
Anastasia had a wonderful opportunity to break throw in the opening leg of the contest, but squandered multiple chances at doubles and Ana never really recovered from that setback.
However, Sherrock was imperious. She averaged 89, but if you discount the indifferent opening leg, her average would be pushing 96. Fallon is an outstanding talent and has a wonderful chance to claim her maiden Lakeside crown in January, although she will face stiff competition.
The women’s game is evolving at a rapid pace and the depth within the field is mightily impressive.
Two-Time Lakeside Champion Lisa Ashton will be vying for a third-successive Lakeside crown; 9-Time Champion Trina Gulliver remains a threat, whilst both Deta Hedman and Aileen De Graaf are also firm contenders.
Elsewhere, in the men’s competition, BDO World Number 1 Glen Durrant claimed his second successive major title, as he defeated Martin Adams 5-2 in sets, in a thrilling final.
Adams, who has won this title on two previous occasions, in 1996 and 2000, hit 13 180’s, but this wasn’t enough to overcome ‘Duzza’ who averaged in excess of 100 en route to victory.
Earlier in the afternoon, Durrant defeated the veteran Martin Phillips 3-0, producing eye-catching 124 and 136 finishes in the final set. He then overcame Welshman Jim Williams 3-1 in a hard-fought semi-final.
Adams began Sunday’s session with a 3-0 win over Tony O’Shea in the quarter-finals. Yet, it was excellent to see Tony competing at the latter stages of a major tournament again, as he’s endured a lean spell of late, by his exceptionally high-standards.
Martin then averaged 99 in defeating home-favourite Danny Noppert to reach the final. Noppert threw excellently, although Wolfie’s experience and nerve in crucial moments proved critical.
It was the final everybody wanted to see. The World Number 1 vs the World Number 2, in a repeat of their classic Lakeside semi-final in 2015, which will go down as one of the greatest Frimley Green clashes of all-time.
Durrant claimed the first set, with his average pushing 108, however Adams delivered an instant riposte and restored parity, winning the second set with a magnificent 11-dart leg.
The next two sets were shared and the final was evenly poised at 2-2. Durrant was averaging over 102, whilst Wolfie’s average was just below the 100 mark.
Durrant regained his one set lead in the fifth, before a deciding leg in the sixth set ultimately proved crucial. ‘Duzza’ broke Adams’ throw and extended his lead to 4-2. He didn’t relinquish his control of the contest, and secured victory in the following set.
It was an extremely impressive performance from Durrant. To average in excess of 100 in such a long format is top-class, irrespective of the player. Adams is such a tenacious and accomplished performer, however Glen was just more clinical in the decisive moments.
The Tees-side star will justifiably be favourite to win his maiden Lakeside crown next month, although Adams will also be confident of winning his fourth World Championship title.
Despite this, reigning Champion Scott Mitchell certainly won’t give up his title without a fight. There are so many players throwing well enough to merit their status as legitimate contenders; this could prove to be one of the best World Championships at Lakeside in recent memory!
Sunday 6 November
Finder Darts Masters
Fallon Sherrock 2-0 Anastasia Dobromyslova
Jim Williams 3-1 Brian Dawson
Glen Durrant 3-0 Martin Phillips
Danny Noppert 3-0 Darryl Fitton
Martin Adams 3-0 Tony O’Shea
Glen Durrant 3-1 Jim Williams
Martin Adams 3-1 Danny Noppert
Glen Durrant 5-2 Martin Adams