Reigning world champion Glen Durrant defeated two-time winner Scott Waites to set up a showdown with second seed Mark McGeeney in the BDO World Championship final tomorrow afternoon, as Lisa Ashton defeated Anastasia Dobromyslova to secure her fourth world title on a memorable day of darts at the Lakeside.
Defending champion Durrant breezed into Sunday’s final with a comprehensive 6-2 victory over two-time champion Scott Waites. Waites defeated Durrant in a dramatic quarter-final clash at the Lakeside two years ago and many thought he would pose the biggest threat to ‘Duzza’ retaining his crown, but the Teesside star was very comfortable.
Durrant averaged 96.61, landed six maximums and converted 42% of his attempts at double, as Waites departed with a 94.14 average, nine maximums and a 25% checkout conversion rate. ‘Duzza’ made a blistering start to clinch the opener without reply, but ‘Scotty-2-Hotty’ landed an 11-dart leg en route to restoring parity.
Durrant then won the next two sets by a 3-1 margin, before taking out a clinical 90 kill midway through set five. This enabled the top seed to establish a commanding 4-1 cushion, as Waites was growing increasingly frustrated with his profligacy.
The Middlesbrough ace was in total control and effortlessly dispatched a clinical 116 checkout to seal the sixth set and move to the brink of victory, but Waites provided some admirable resistance in a high-quality seventh. He hit the front with another classy 11-darter, before crashing in a majestic 130 finish to reduce the arrears to 5-2.
Nevertheless, whilst Waites came from 4-1 behind in his quarter-final clash against Andy Baetens, he was unable to conjure up similar comeback heroics against the Teessider. Durrant moved 2-0 ahead in the eighth set and clinched victory with a spectacular 11-darter, having kicked off the final leg of the contest with seven perfect darts.
Durrant will now face BDO number one and second seed Mark McGeeney in Sunday’s final, after McGeeney secured a spot in his maiden World Championship final with a battling 6-4 victory over German qualifier Michael Unterbuchner, who was unable to cap off his fairy-tale Lakeside debut by reaching the final.
It was a scrappy affair, particularly in the first-half of the contest. However, McGeeney’s experience paid dividends, as he averaged 88.84, landed six maximums and converted 33% of his attempts at double to triumph.
‘The Gladiator’ edged a very scrappy opening set decider, before clinching the second without reply, wrapping it up with a tidy 87 kill. Nevertheless, the second seed then completely capitulated and Unterbuchner reeled off six consecutive legs to restore parity at two apiece, with McGeeney missing nine darts at double in an error-strewn fourth.
Unterbucher then fired in a nerveless 13-dart hold to claim a fifth set decider to secure the lead for the first time, but McGeeney responded; sealing the sixth set to nil in just 47 darts. However, the quality improved considerably in set seven.
The World Masters finalist kicked off the seventh with 13 and 12-dart legs, only for Unterbucher to complete consecutive 14-darters to throw for a 4-3 lead. Despite this McGeeney fired in his third maximum en route to securing a 15-dart set clincher, before establishing a 5-3 advantage by reeling off two legs in just 28 darts.
Unterbuchner continued to display great tenacity, conjuring up a majestic 149 outshot to reduce the arrears to 5-4, and he also fired in a sublime 11-darter early in the tenth. However, with the scores locked at 2-2 in the set, he was unable to take out 100 and force a decider, which enabled McGeeney to return and seal his progression via D18.
Elsewhere, Lisa Ashton secured her fourth women’s World Championship title with a brilliant 3-1 win over three-time champion Anastasia Dobromyslova. The Russian had dropped just two legs en route to the final and clinched the opening set without reply, but Ashton produced a stunning surge to retain her title in style.
Dobromyslova converted finishes of 52, 100 and 61 to draw first blood, in a set where she landed two maximums and averaged 94, but ‘The Lancashire Rose’ upped the ante after the break. The opening two legs were shared, before Ashton followed up a 15-dart hold by defying Dobromyslova’s third maximum to level up proceedings at one apiece.
Ashton then kicked off the third with three consecutive 140’s and a clinical 81 kill for a 12-dart break, before capitalising on four missed darts from the Russian to break. The fourth seed then wrapped up the set with a majestic 130 outshot on the bull, before pegging tops to hit the front in set four and seal her sixth consecutive leg.
Dobromyslova had arguably been the most consistent performer in the women’s section throughout the whole tournament, but she was being outplayed by a rampant Ashton, who dispatched effortless 66 and 62 checkouts in successive legs to seal a brilliant victory, with an 89.80 average and a 41% checkout conversion rate.
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2018 BDO World Championship
Saturday January 12
Women’s World Championship Final
Lisa Ashton 3-1 Anastasia Dobromyslova
Glen Durrant 6-2 Scott Waites
Mark McGeeney 6-4 Michael Unterbucher