Adams claims back-to-back Icons of Darts titles

Martin Adams continued his blistering form to secure a second Modus Icons of Darts title in the space of three days, edging out Brazilian star Diogo Portela and Russia’s Boris Koltsov to claim top spot.

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2017 BDO World Championship Day Seven: Afternoon Report!

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Jamie Hughes and Darryl Fitton advanced to the World Championship semi-finals after thrilling deciding set victories against Martin Adams and Geert de Vos respectively, as Lisa Ashton stormed into the women’s final in a pulsating session of darts at the Lakeside Country Club on Friday afternoon.

Fourth seed Jamie Hughes came from 2-0 and 3-1 down to edge out three-time world champion Martin Adams in a thrilling nine-set tussle. Adams made a blistering start to the match, but his doubling let him down in the latter stages of the contest, as Hughes prevailed with a 91.89 average, eight maximums and 50% on the doubles.

After a turbulent year, due to his health issues, ‘Wolfie’ performed magnificently throughout the tournament and it was fantastic to see him enjoying his darts and performing so well. He fired in nine maximums and averaged 92.55, but it wasn’t enough for him to secure a spot in his eleventh World Championship semi-final.

The first set was a real high-quality affair. Adams started superbly and posted successive 15-darters after converting checkouts of 72 and 97 respectively. Hughes opened his account after landing his first maximum and rounding off a 12-dart hold, but ‘Wolfie’ wrapped up the opening set with a clinical two-dart 68 outshot. Continue reading “2017 BDO World Championship Day Seven: Afternoon Report!”

2017 BDO World Championship Day Five: Afternoon Report!

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Martin Adams stormed into the World Championship quarter-finals with an emphatic 4-1 victory over 2016 finalist Jeff Smith, as former BDO World Trophy winner Geert de Vos dumped out second seed Scott Mitchell to reach the last eight for the first time, in a cracking session of darts at the Lakeside Country Club on Wednesday afternoon.

Three-time world champion Adams secured his place in this year’s quarter-finals with an impressive 4-1 victory over last year’s finalist Jeff Smith. ‘The Silencer’ defeated Adams in straight sets in the opening round twelve months ago, but ‘Wolfie’ gained retribution for that defeat, averaging 89.94 and landing seven maximums to prevail emphatically.

Adams was averaging in excess of 97 for the vast majority of the contest, but his average dipped as a consequence of a scrappy fifth set. Smith recorded some clinical finishes but he simply couldn’t match Wolfie’s relentless scoring power, as the Canadian’s hopes of replicating last year’s run to the final were quashed at the last 16 stage.

Adams made a strong start to clinch the opening set convincingly. The pair exchanged 17-dart holds to kick off proceedings, before ‘Wolfie’ completed a regulation 57 checkout for the third successive hold. The 60-year-old was dominating the scoring stakes, and landed two maximums in the fourth leg to secure the set with a fabulous 11-darter. Continue reading “2017 BDO World Championship Day Five: Afternoon Report!”

2017 BDO World Championship: Day Two Afternoon Report!

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Three-time world champion Martin Adams edged out debutant Ryan Joyce in a thrilling sudden-death leg, as Scott Mitchell, Paul Hogan and Lisa Ashton all recorded emphatic straight sets victories at the Lakeside Country Club on Sunday afternoon.

Lakeside legend Martin Adams prevailed in a sudden-death classic against debutant Ryan Joyce in the match of the tournament thus far on Sunday afternoon. ‘Wolfie’, appearing in his 24th BDO World Championship, averaged 91.74, landed five maximums and took out four ton-plus checkouts as he survived a match dart to triumph in an epic.

Adams drew first blood with a 15-dart hold on D5, but Joyce levelled after following up his first maximum by dispatching a 100 finish on D10. The man nicknamed ‘Relentless’ then pegged D11 to break after the fifth seed missed four darts to hold, before defying Adams’ first maximum to wrap up the opening set with a clinical two-dart 74 kill.

However, ‘Wolfie’ responded strongly in set two, landing his second maximum and taking out a quality two-dart 86 finish to break. The 60-year-old cemented this with a comfortable hold on tops, before spurning five set darts. Nevertheless, he rectified this error with a classy 118 checkout in the following leg to restore parity at one-apiece. Continue reading “2017 BDO World Championship: Day Two Afternoon Report!”

Finder Darts Masters- Finals Day Report!

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BDO world number one Glen Durrant regained his Finder Darts Masters title with a hard-fought 5-3 victory over former winner Jamie Hughes, as three-time world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova edged out home favourite Aileen de Graaf to claim glory in the Ladies event at the Hotel Zuiderduin on Sunday afternoon.

Durrant was in imperious form throughout finals day and controlled the match against ‘Yozza’, who battled resiliently and took out some crucial finishes to remain in contention. However, Glen monopolised the final in the scoring department; posting ten maximums and averaging 97.33, compared to Hughes’ 89.53.

Durrant opened up proceedings with a 19-dart hold, before doubling his lead with a clinical 111 finish. Hughes was struggling for consistency and the world number one rounded off a first set whitewash with a solid 16-darter culminating on tops.

Durrant levelled up proceedings with a 15-darter, before Hughes regained the initiative in the set with a stunning 157 outshot. ‘Duzza’ forced a fifth and decisive leg in the set after following up a maximum with a 63 kill, but ‘Yozza’ held his nerve, restoring parity at one set apiece with a 14-dart hold after the pair had traded maximums. Continue reading “Finder Darts Masters- Finals Day Report!”

Winmau World Masters Day One Report!

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Reigning champion Glen Durrant began his Winmau World Masters defence with a comprehensive straight-sets victory, as Martin Adams and Danny Noppert suffered surprise first-round exits at the Lakeside Country Club on Friday afternoon.

Glen Durrant began the defence of his Winmau World Masters title with a comprehensive straight sets victory over Maltese qualifier Norbert Attard. ‘Duzza’ wasn’t at his vintage best; averaging just 87.78. However, he was always in control and sealed his progression to the last 16 with a clinical 133 checkout.

Irish qualifier John O’Shea dumped out three-time champion Martin Adams in an extremely topsy-turvy first-round contest. All five sets went against throw, as Adams was punished for converting just four of his nineteen attempts at double, allowing O’Shea to progress with a modest 80.58 average.

Another shock saw Canadian qualifier Kiley Edmunds knock out world number three Danny Noppert in a thrilling five-setter. Noppert fired in five maximums but was profligate in the finishing department, hitting just 25% of his double attempts. Edmunds took full advantage, averaging 89.90 to record a brilliant 3-2 triumph. Continue reading “Winmau World Masters Day One Report!”

2016 Winmau World Masters Draw!

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BDO world number one and reigning champion Glen Durrant will begin the defence of his Winmau World Masters title against Malta’s Norbert Attard at the Lakeside tomorrow, after the final 16 qualifiers for this year’s event were confirmed earlier today.

Durrant will kick off the televised coverage of this year’s event on Premier Sports at noon tomorrow, when he faces Attard in the last 32. Current world champion Scott Waites is in action against David Copley, whilst three-time World Masters winner Martin Adams meets Irish qualifier John O’Shea.

Another former World Masters champion Martin Phillips faces Belgian Davy van Baelen, who also qualified for the 2017 BDO World Championships just 24 hours earlier, as BDO World Trophy winner Darryl Fitton meets Welsh Open semi-finalist Dave Parletti

Former world champion Scott Mitchell will contest the final game of the first-round when he takes on Swedish qualifier Oskar Lukasiak, who last appeared at the World Masters in 2009. Elsewhere, BDO number three and German Open winner Danny Noppert plays Canada’s Kiley Edmunds. Continue reading “2016 Winmau World Masters Draw!”

COLUMN: Battling Martin Adams epitomises the word ‘legend!’

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Three-time Lakeside world champion Martin Adams bowed out of the 2016 Grand Slam of Darts on Monday evening after suffering a 5-3 defeat against former World Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan. ‘Wolfie’ needed to defeat the Northern Irishman by 5-3 or better to keep alive his qualification hopes, but he narrowly fell short.

Adams performed fantastically on his debut Grand Slam campaign twelve months ago where he defeated Jelle Klaasen, Ian White and Steve Beaton to reach the knockout stages, before losing in a deciding-leg shootout to Kim Huybrechts in the last 16. Adams was arguably ‘the story’ of the competition last year.

However, the 60-year-old was understandably unable to replicate such heroics this time around, largely due to his well-documented health problems. Despite this, he still firmly made his mark on the competition.

Adams’ participation in this year’s Grand Slam was cast into genuine doubt when it was revealed in September that he’d been battling prostate cancer for the last eight months, therefore the fact he was able to compete is a triumph in itself.

Martin began his second course of radiotherapy in August and his treatment concluded in mid-September, whilst he also underwent hormone treatment alongside the radiotherapy. Since his diagnosis last year, Martin has become an ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK charity, working to raise awareness of the condition. Continue reading “COLUMN: Battling Martin Adams epitomises the word ‘legend!’”

Grand Slam Day Three: Durrant & Fitton progress, Adams bows out whilst Taylor is whitewashed!

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BDO stars Glen Durrant & Darryl Fitton secured qualification to the knockout stages of the Grand Slam of Darts at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Monday evening on a night which saw Phil Taylor whitewashed by the already eliminated Darren Webster.

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen maintained his 100% group-stage record with a thumping 5-1 victory against World-Youth finalist Max Hopp. ‘The Green Machine’ wasn’t at his brilliant best, but still posted four maximums and averaged 95.93 to top Group A in emphatic fashion.

Elsewhere in Group A, Martin Adams’ Grand Slam campaign ended as he was was beaten 5-3 by Brendan Dolan, who came through an attritional tussle to secure his place in the last 16. Adams landed two maximums but only converted 17% of his double attempts as Dolan won through to join MvG in the last 16, despite averaging just 80.

‘Wolfie’ was unable to replicate the form he displayed last year which is entirely understandable given his well-documented health problems. However, he’s conducted himself superbly and played with refreshing enjoyment throughout the week; hopefully he’ll return to next year’s event in better health. Continue reading “Grand Slam Day Three: Durrant & Fitton progress, Adams bows out whilst Taylor is whitewashed!”

2016 Grand Slam of Darts Preview: Five Outsiders!

The 2016 Grand Slam of Darts begins in Wolverhampton on Saturday afternoon and the anticipation and excitement surrounding the event is tangible. It’s the only tournament on the darting calendar where the two darting codes, the PDC and BDO, lock horns.

This year arguably sees the strongest line-up of BDO stars in the competition’s history, which will only add to the spectacle. Josh’s Dartistry gives his lowdown on five potential outsiders for this year’s crown.

Glen Durrant – 50/1

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Glen Durrant is not typically considered as an ‘outsider’. ‘Duzza’, world number one in the BDO, has enjoyed tremendous success in 2016, winning eight BDO ranking events. He qualified for the Grand Slam by virtue of winning last year’s World Masters and he’s relishing the prospect of rubbing shoulders with the PDC’s elite.

Durrant has been pitted alongside world champion Gary Anderson, German Darts Champion Alan Norris & PDC qualifier Nathan Derry in Group E. It’s a very tough group and the best of nine format adds to the unpredictability, but Durrant is more than capable of progressing. Continue reading “2016 Grand Slam of Darts Preview: Five Outsiders!”

Adams relishing Grand Slam return despite ongoing health battle!

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Three-time Lakeside world champion Martin Adams is relishing his return to the Grand Slam of Darts stage in Wolverhampton this weekend, as he prepares to lock horns with Michael van Gerwen for the first time in nearly a decade.

Adams, who turned 60 earlier this year, made his Grand Slam debut twelve months ago and performed superbly, winning his three group games against Ian White, Jelle Klaasen and Steve Beaton. However, the most refreshing aspect of his debut was the care-free exuberance he played with, which endeared him to the PDC crowds.

This year, ‘Wolfie’ has been pitted alongside a certain Michael van Gerwen in Group A. The pair met four times in MvG’s BDO days, with the pair each winning two games. However, their most high-profile clash came in the final of the 2006 Winmau World Masters, when a 17-year-old Van Gerwen defeated Adams 7-5.

Despite this, the three-time Lakeside world champion is unfazed by the prospect. “We are all darts players, we can all do it on our day. It’s not like anyone is playing with four darts and you’ve got one poor bloke only playing with three or two. It’s a level playing field.” Continue reading “Adams relishing Grand Slam return despite ongoing health battle!”

2016 Grand Slam of Darts Draw confirmed!

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Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his Grand Slam of Darts title against legendary three-time Lakeside world champion Martin Adams, after the draw for this year’s event at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall was made on Monday afternoon.

Van Gerwen, who produced a staggering comeback to defeat Phil Taylor and win his maiden Grand Slam title twelve months ago, will face a stern test against the 60-year-old Adams, who thrived on his debut in Wolverhampton last year.

‘Wolfie’ won all three of his group games against Jelle Klaasen, Ian White & Steve Beaton respectively, before succumbing to Kim Huybrechts in a last-leg shootout in the last 16. MvG and Adams will also be joined in Group A by former World Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan, and World-Youth champion Max Hopp.

Six-time Grand Slam winner Phil Taylor has been handed a relatively kind draw. ‘The Power’ has been pitted with his fellow Stokie Ian White, Darren Webster and BDO veteran Darryl Fitton, who qualified for this year’s event by virtue of winning the 2016 World Trophy back in May. Continue reading “2016 Grand Slam of Darts Draw confirmed!”

BDO participants for the Grand Slam of Darts revealed!

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Three-time Lakeside world champion Martin Adams will make a highly-anticipated return to the Grand Slam of Darts in 2016, whilst Glen Durrant, Jeff Smith, Jamie Hughes and Danny Noppert will all make their Wolves Civic debuts after being confirmed as BDO qualifiers for the cross-code event in November.

The Grand Slam of Darts, televised live on Sky Sports, features eight BDO representatives competing against 24 of the PDC’s biggest stars, from November 12-20.

However, the biggest story is the return of Martin Adams. ‘Wolfie’ lit up the Civic Hall on his debut last year, winning his three group games against Ian White, Jelle Klaasen and Steve Beaton respectively, before losing to Kim Huybrechts in a thrilling last-leg decider in the last 16.

Nevertheless, it wasn’t just Adams’ performances which were memorable. There were question-marks about how he’d combat the more boisterous PDC crowds but he relished the atmosphere and played with a refreshing exuberance.

There were doubts about whether he would compete in this year’s competition after it was revealed last week that he was undergoing treatment for prostrate cancer, but the 60-year-old has been cleared to compete. Continue reading “BDO participants for the Grand Slam of Darts revealed!”

Grand Slam of Darts: Current Qualifiers!

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Former champion Scott Waites, will make his Singha Beer Grand Slam of Darts return at Wolverhampton in November, as he heads the BDO’s list of eight representatives. BDO world number one Glen Durrant is also set to make his Wolverhampton debut, alongside World Championship runner-up Jeff Smith.

The Grand Slam of Darts is the most unique tournament on the darting calendar, as the cross-code format sees representatives from the PDC and BDO lock horns. The 24 PDC representatives will include major tournament finalists from the past 12 months and eight PDC Qualifiers, with a further eight players coming from the BDO system.

Two-time Lakeside champion Waites will make his return to the Grand Slam in 2016, hoping to replicate his memorable 2010 triumph, when he produced an astonishing comeback from 8-0 down to defeat eight-time major winner James Wade 16-12 in the final.

Waites will be joined by Canada’s Jeff Smith, who was runner up in January’s Lakeside world championship. The 2015 World Masters winner, Glen Durrant, will be making his bow at the Civic Hall, whilst 2008 quarter-finalist Darryl Fitton will return to Wolverhampton, having claimed victory in May’s BDO World Trophy.

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BDO World Trophy: World Record for Ashton, as Durrant, Mitchell & Adams are dumped out!

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Lisa Ashton posted the highest ever televised ladies average in the quarter-finals of the BDO World Trophy, whilst Glen Durrant, Scott Mitchell and Martin Adams were all beaten in the last 16 of the men’s draw, on an eventful day of action at the Lakeside on Sunday.

Ashton was in tremendous form as she thrashed Corrine Hammond 5-1. The two-time world champion averaged 98.44, hitting 45% of her doubles and producing legs of 12, 15, 17, 14 and 15 darts. The Lancashire ace subsequently broke the previous record average of 97.56, which Trina Gulliver had held for an astonishing 17-years.

Ashton’s reward for her record-breaking display is a last-four showdown against three-time world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova. The Russian was in clinical form as she dispatched talented Dutch ace Aileen de Graaf by a 5-2 scoreline in the quarter-finals.

Deta Hedman avenged this year’s World Championship final loss to Trina Gulliver by dismantling the ten-time world champion 5-1. Gulliver was way below par, but Hedman was clinical, taking out finishes of 86, 92, 105 and 122 to set up a semi-final meeting with Rhian Griffiths, who comfortably saw off Lorraine Winstanley 5-2.

Nevertheless, in the men’s draw, BDO world number one Glen Durrant suffered a shock 7-3 defeat to Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas, despite averaging 104.55.  Labanauskas stormed into a 3-0 lead with an average in excess of 110, but Duzza reduced the arrears to 4-2 heading into the interval.

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My 10 Darting Predictions for 2016

With the brief hiatus in the darting calendar, Josh’s Dartistry has made his 10 darting predictions for 2016. Have a read and see if you agree!

1. Phil Taylor to end his major drought with Matchplay glory.

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Phil Taylor’s last major TV title came 14 months ago, at the 2014 Grand Slam of Darts. This is Taylor’s longest drought since winning his first World title 21 years ago, and this period without silverware would have been simply unfathomable just a few years ago.

However, Taylor has fallen to fourth in the world following Adrian Lewis’ run to the World Championship final, and ‘The Power’ faces a defining year in 2016, which may ultimately determine whether he still has the tools to compete consistently at the very highest-level.

However, the statistics illustrate that Taylor is still performing at an extremely high-level. He averaged 108 in departing the UK Open quarter-finals to Peter Wright, 103 in losing to James Wade at the World Matchplay semi-finals and 106 in losing to Adrian Lewis in the European Championship quarter-finals.

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Durrant and Sherrock secure Finder Darts Masters glory!

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.

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Adams’ Grand Slam fairytale ended in epic last-leg decider, as van Gerwen marches on!

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Martin Adams’ Grand-Slam fairytale was ended in an epic last-leg decider against Kim Huybrechts in Wolverhampton on Thursday evening.

Adams recovered from 6-3 and 9-7 down, but ultimately the Belgian held his nerve to seal victory and set up a repeat of last year’s quarter-final against Michael van Gerwen.

Huybrechts started poorly with the throw and Adams capitalised, hitting D2 for a 1-0 advantage. Wolfie then doubled his lead with an exquisite 10-darter, before Huybrechts hit D20 to get off the mark.

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Chisnall hits a magical 9-darter, as Fordham and Adams’ Grand-Slam fairytales continue!

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Andy Fordham’s Grand-Slam fairy-tale continued, as he beat local-favourite Wayne Jones to keep his hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages alive, whilst Dave Chisnall hit a perfect 9-darter in his incredible victory against Peter Wright!

Fordham, who averaged 99 in losing 5-2 to Adrian Lewis on Saturday evening, didn’t produce the same level of performance against Jones, but he held his nerve in crucial moments to secure an extremely poignant 5-3 victory.

Jones missed 6 darts at double in an error-strewn opening leg of the contest, allowing Fordham to capitalise, by hitting D10 with his last-dart to break throw. ‘The Viking’ then extended his lead on the same target in the following leg.

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World-Class Wolfie steals the show, as Fordham shows his class!

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Martin Adams produced a sensational performance on his long-awaited Grand Slam debut, as he averaged over 105 in demolishing World Number 8 Ian White on Saturday night in Wolverhampton.

Adams, who accepted the PDC’s wildcard invitation for the very first time this year, hit finishes of 133,136 and 116 to clinch his first win on a PDC stage since 2001.

He received a positive reaction from the crowd and he appeared extremely relaxed, which certainly translated to his Darts as he defeated a typically-tenacious White, who averaged 100 himself.

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Fordham’s honesty is refreshing, Adams deserves respect, and don’t write off the BDO boys!

The 2015 Grand Slam of Darts begins in Wolverhampton on Saturday afternoon and the anticipation and excitement surrounding the event is tangible. It’s the only tournament on the darting calendar where the two darting codes, the PDC and BDO, lock horns.

The addition of Martin Adams and Andy Fordham to this year’s tournament simply adds to the overall spectacle and it will be absolutely fascinating to see how the BDO players fare against their PDC counterparts.

Here is my lowdown on this year’s eight BDO participants, as I also share my views on the ‘friction’ surrounding players from the different codes.

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Grand Slam Draw: Mitchell, Adams and Fordham handed Tough Draw in Wolverhampton!

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Reigning Lakeside Champion Scott Mitchell has been handed an extremely tough draw on his Grand Slam of Darts debut in Wolverhampton.

Mitchell has been paired with 3 of the PDC’s Top 16; World Number 4 Peter Wright; last year’s finalist Dave Chisnall,as well as veteran Mervyn King, who reached the semi-finals of this competition last-year.

Phil Taylor has been handed a relatively kind draw as he aims to defend his Grand Slam of Darts title. Taylor has been paired with young Austrian Rowby-John Rodriguez, Robbie Green and BDO stalwart Martin Phillips.

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Brilliant Glen Durrant wins the Winmau World Masters!

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BDO World Number 1 Glen Durrant secured his first major BDO title as he eased past veteran American Larry Butler to win the Winmau World Masters in Hull.

Duzza defied TEN 180’s from Butler to record a fantastic 7-3 victory in sets, with a 93.22 average. Durrant’s exemplary finishing was the decisive factor. He posted an extremely impressive checkout ratio of 56%, hitting 14 doubles from just 25 attempts.

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