Australian qualifier Peter Machin was crowned 2017 BDO World Trophy champion after securing a dramatic 10-8 victory over home favourite Martin Phillips in Barry on Sunday evening. Machin avenged his loss in last year’s final to secure his first major televised title- becoming the first Australian winner of a BDO major since 2002.
The tournament culminated in unusual circumstances, as a power failure inside the venue caused a 90-minute delay. However, Machin certainly regained his spark to defeat Phillips; coming from 5-2 behind to win eight of the remaining 11 legs; averaging 91.07, landing four maximums and taking out three huge ton-plus finishes.
Phillips drew first blood with a 16-dart hold via D16, having kicked off the contest with three consecutive 140’s. However, Machin registered a spectacular 150 checkout to level the contest, before completing a clinical 90 kill on the bullseye to secure the initiative.
However, the veteran Welshman fired back superbly to seize control of the contest. He pegged D18 to level at two apiece, before taking out a regulation 50 finish inside two darts to regain the lead.
Machin then wired D18 for a superb 156 finish which would have levelled proceedings, but Phillips capitalised; rounding off a fine 13-darter to move 4-2 ahead. The Australian landed his second 180 in the seventh leg as he attempted to stop the rot, but he was punished for more missed doubles as Phillips sank D4 to record his fourth straight leg.
The 57-year-old Welshman appeared destined to triumph on home soil, but Machin bounced back superbly. He fired in an impressive 14-dart leg to reduce the arrears to 5-3, before conjuring up a magical 149 outshot to put himself firmly back in contention, with Phillips sat on D18 after just 12 darts.
The Welshman restored his two-leg cushion with a clinical two-dart 86 combination for a 14-darter moments later, but last year’s finalist was undeterred. The pair exchanged comfortable holds of throw, before Machin completed a 15-dart break of throw on tops.
Phillips was floundering and left 132 after 18 darts in the following leg as the Australian qualifier levelled the contest at seven-apiece. However, the fifteenth seed responded strongly to regain the lead; completing a nerveless 98 checkout to move to within two legs of winning his second major televised title.
Nevertheless, Machin had other ideas. He fired back with a spectacular 141 finish, before capitalising on an abject leg from the Welshman to break throw via D4, to move to the cusp of a wonderful comeback.
Phillips kicked off the eighteenth leg with his third maximum as he fought to stay alive, but it was to no avail. He was unable to convert a 117 finish to force a decider and Machin held his nerve; sinking D5 to complete arguably the biggest victory of his career to date.
Machin had defeated former World Trophy winner Geert de Vos and 2015 world champion Scott Mitchell to seal a spot in Monday’s last eight, but the Australian continued his giant-killing spree to dispatch another world champion in the quarter-finals- in the shape of the legendary Martin Adams.
Last year’s finalist produced arguably the performance of his televised career to defeat the three-time world champion in a high-quality tussle. Machin averaged 100.29 and conjured up a majestic 170 finish to prevail 7-4 and reach the semi-finals for the second year in succession, as ‘Wolfie’ was denied a maiden World Trophy crown.
In the semi-finals, Machin faced former World Cup singles champion Wesley Harms, who produced an astonishing comeback to dump out top seed Glen Durrant. ‘Duzza’ stormed into a 4-0 lead, but Harms reeled off seven straight legs to triumph with a 100.77 average, as a shell-shocked Durrant was beaten despite averaging a brilliant 103.59.
Nevertheless, the roles were reversed for Harms in the last four, as he surrendered a handsome cushion against Machin. ‘Sparky’ eased into a 4-0 lead and appeared on the cusp of reaching his first World Trophy final, but the Aussie ace enjoyed a stunning mid-game surge to become the first man to reach back-to-back World Trophy finals.
Harms averaged 91.20 and fired in two maximums, but Machin won eight of the remaining ten legs to seal a place in his second consecutive BDO World Trophy final. The 44-year-old averaged 90.57, landed two maximums and converted finishes of 101 and 122 to complete the comeback and upset the eighth seed.
Meanwhile, Phillips’ progress to the final was also less than serene. The Welshman had dropped just the solitary leg in his opening two matches; following up a whitewash win over Carl Dennell by thrashing second seed Mark McGeeney 6-1. However, he was pushed all the way on a dramatic finals day.
The 2014 World Masters champion kicked off Monday’s proceedings with a dramatic deciding-leg triumph against Conan Whitehead. Whitehead led 6-4, but Phillips won the final three legs to prevail; piling in two 180’s in the decider to progress with an 88.95 average and an incredible seven maximums.
In the semi-finals, Phillips faced his fellow Welshman Nick Kenny, who was appearing in his maiden BDO major semi-final after easing past Ross Montgomery in the last eight. However, experience won the day in Barry, as Phillips prevailed 8-5 after averaging 86.58, landing four 180’s and taking out finishes of 113 and 141.
Elsewhere, in the women’s section, Aileen de Graaf was crowned BDO World Trophy champion for the first time in her career, after recording an emphatic 6-2 win over three-time world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova in the final.
Neither player were at their best, but Dobromyslova endured a nightmare in the finishing department; converting just two of her 34 attempts at double. De Graaf spurned opportunities to secure a whitewash victory, but eventually rounded-off a convincing triumph with a modest 67.32 average.
The former World Masters winner drew first blood with a clinical 66 checkout, before doubling her tally on D1, after Dobromyslova missed two darts at double to level. De Graaf was dominating the contest and the procession continued in the third leg; as she extended her advantage with a fine 14-dart leg culminating on D16.
Dobromyslova had the perfect opportunity to open her account in the fourth leg, but she squandered a further seven darts at double. This error was ruthlessly punished by De Graaf, who converted a clinical two-dart 100 combination for a 4-0 lead, before winning a nervy fifth leg on D2 to move to the brink of victory.
De Graaf had the chance to clinch the title via a 6-0 scoreline, but this time she was punished for missed doubles, as Dobromyslova pinned D2 to finally open her account and avoid the indignity of a whitewash. The Russian then dispatched a classy 118 kill on tops to double her tally moments later, but it wasn’t the start of a stirring fightback.
The three-time world champion left 16 after just 12 darts in the following leg, as she attempted to reduce the arrears to 5-3. However, the Russian’s double-trouble resurfaced at the most inopportune moment. She squandered an incredible fourteen darts at double, which enabled a grateful De Graaf to sink D11 and seal the title.
Earlier in the day, De Graaf had secured her ninth consecutive victory over compatriot Anca Ziljstra to book her spot in the final. Ziljstra had claimed the scalps of Lisa Ashton and Trina Gulliver earlier in the event, but she was unable to overcome her younger Dutch colleague, as De Graaf averaged an impressive 83.52 to complete a fine 5-2 win.
On the other side of the draw, Dobromyslova booked her place in the final with a thrilling deciding-leg triumph against world number one Deta Hedman. Dobromyslova fought back from 4-3 behind to stun ‘The Dark Destroyer’ with an 81.51 average and 26 ton-plus scores, but she was ultimately denied a second BDO World Trophy crown.
BDO World Trophy Results
Wesley Harms 7-4 Glen Durrant
Peter Machin 7-4 Martin Adams
Nick Kenny 7-2 Ross Montgomery
Martin Phillips 7-6 Conan Whitehead
Peter Machin 8-6 Wesley Harms
Martin Phillips 8-5 Nick Kenny
Anastasia Dobromyslova 5-4 Deta Hedman
Aileen De Graaf 5-2 Anca Zijlstra
Aileen De Graaf 6-2 Anastasia Dobmonyslova
Peter Machin 10-8 Martin Phillips