WATCH: William Borland lands sensational nine-darter at World Darts Championship

William Borland delivered one of the most iconic moments in World Championship history last night, landing a sensational nine-dart finish to defeat Bradley Brooks in a thrilling last-leg decider at Alexandra Palace.

Borland – making his World Championship debut – became the first player in PDC history to clinch victory with a nine-darter in a televised event, following up visits of 180 and 177 with an inspired 144 checkout.

The 25-year-old from East Caulder averaged 94.81 and also converted finishes of 148 and 130 to edge out former World Youth champion Brooks, who fired in six maximums and produced two ton-plus finishes of his own.

‘Bam Bam’ drew first blood with a remarkable 112.73 average in the opening set, before Borland came roaring back to win the next two.

The Scot appeared poised to complete a 3-1 success after taking out the 148 to move a leg away from victory, but Brooks responded magnificently, conjuring up a 134 skin-saver en route to restoring parity at two apiece.

Borland raced into a 2-0 lead in the decider before Brooks rallied once more, but the 21-year-old was rendered helpless in the fifth and final leg, as ‘Big Willie’ became the ninth player to achieve perfection at Alexandra Palace.

“Honestly, this will go down as the best night of my life,” Borland toldΒ Sky Sports.

“I just wanted to win the leg because Bradley had done well to come back there, and I was a wee bit nervous.

“I was on it [the nine-darter] against Joe Cullen in Salzburg and I was just like, ‘don’t do what you did the last time’, and then it went in.

“To hit the nine-darter was just unbelievable. I am loving it!”

Image Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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