Glen Durrant retained his Winmau World Masters crown with victory over Mark McGeeney, whilst Trina Gulliver clinched her sixth World Masters title after beating her old rival Deta Hedman at the Lakeside Country Club on Sunday.
Durrant became only the fifth player in the history of the World Masters to defend his title, following in the footsteps of Eric Bristow, Bob Anderson, Martin Adams and Stephen Bunting. McGeeney performed superbly to reach his maiden BDO major final, although he was unable to overcome the BDO world number one.
The final began in rather scrappy circumstances, as Durrant coasted into a 2-0 lead in sets despite his best leg coming in 18 darts. Nevertheless, ‘Duzza’ grew into the contest and clinched the third set with consecutive 13-dart legs.
Durrant hit his third consecutive 13-darter to seize the initiative in the fourth set, but McGeeney won his first leg of the final to send the fourth set into a decider. However, the world number one showed his class, converting an 87 kill to complete a 12-darter to establish a commanding 4-0 cushion.
However, McGeeney opened his account in sets just prior to the interval, following up a clinical 96 checkout with a fortuitous break after Durrant spurned several darts at double. Yet this didn’t perturb the Teessider, who moved to within a set of victory by following up a classy 11-darter with an effortless 96 finish.
McGeeney fought valiantly however. The former British Open winner won the seventh set without reply, before reducing the arrears to 5-3 after registering successive 16-darters, with Durrant requiring just one leg for victory.
Despite this, the defending champion was not to be denied. After McGeeney held throw with a commanding 14-darter, Durrant once again moved to within a leg of victory with a majestic 146 outshot, before clinching the title with a stunning 12-darter after pinning D16 to complete a 100 finish.
It was a very solid performance from the BDO world number one, who produced moments of sheer quality in the decisive moments of the contest. McGeeney was ultimately punished for a lacklustre start, as ‘Duzza’ retained his title with a 6-3 win; averaging 92.45, hitting four maximums and converting 42% of his double attempts.
Earlier in the day, Durrant survived a major scare as he came from 3-1 behind to edge out Wesley Harms in the last eight. The Dutchman was averaging almost 100 after four sets, but as the finishing line approached Harms lost his spark and the world number one capitalised to win the last three sets to complete the comeback.
In the semi-finals, the 45-year-old produced an imperious performance to whitewash world number four Jamie Hughes 5-0, averaging 99.50 to register back-to-back World Masters final appearances.
McGeeney’s route to the final was anything but serene. ‘The Gladiator’ saw off impressive Canadian debutant Kiley Edmunds 4-2 in the quarter-finals, before producing an excellent display to defeat 2015 world champion Scott Mitchell 5-2 in the last four. Although he was unable to clinch the title, it was still a phenomenal weekend for the 44-year-old.
In the women’s section, ten-time world champion Trina Gulliver saw off world number one Deta Hedman to win her sixth Winmau World Masters crown. Hedman had won the pair’s last six meetings prior to Sunday’s final, but ‘The Golden Girl’ sealed the title with a comprehensive 5-2 victory.
The pair secured their places in the final with 4-1 wins against Maria O’Brien and Vicky Pruim respectively, but Gulliver defeated the world number one 5-2 in the final, despite averaging a modest 63.79.
Gulliver stormed into a 3-0 lead after Hedman endured double-trouble, before Deta opened her account on D8. ‘The Dark Destroyer’ then hit a maximum as she attempted to continue the fightback, but she missed six darts at double as Gulliver moved 4-1 ahead, before ‘The Golden Girl’ clinched the title with a 72 checkout on the bullseye.
Winmau World Masters
Sunday December 4th
Glen Durrant 4-3 Wesley Harms
John O’Shea 2-4 Jamie Hughes
Kiley Edmunds 2-4 Mark McGeeney
Darryl Fitton 1-4 Scott Mitchell
Glen Durrant 5-0 Jamie Hughes
Mark McGeeney 5-2 Scott Mitchell
Winmau World Masters- Ladies Final
Trina Gulliver 5-2 Deta Hedman
Best of 9 legs
Glen Durrant 6-3 Mark McGeeney