Glen Durrant (pictured above) etched his name into the history books as the estate manager from Middlesbrough picked up the BDO World Darts Championship title at the historic Lakeside venue for the third year in succession. Durrant joins Eric Bristow in the history books as the latest player to win three World Championship titles in succession.
Durrant of course joins an illustrious list of names to have won three World Championship titles such as: Eric Bristow, John Lowe, Raymond van Barneveld, Phil Taylor, Martin Adams, Michael van Gerwen, John Part, Trina Gulliver, Lisa Ashton and Anastasia Dobromyslova. In Sunday’s final, Durrant came up against a really tough competitor in Scott Waites who always comes alive when it comes to Lakeside.
Durrant fired out of the blocks as the final got underway. An 83 finish on the bull, and following that, ‘Duzza’ produced a fantastic 11-dart leg to double his advantage in the opening set. Durrant continued the onslaught to wrap up the first set 3-1 with a 93 average. But, as you’d expect, Waites came battling back in set two as he levelled the match up at 1-1. Durrant did have his chances in the opening leg, but Waites thrived on the opportunity. Durrant did produce a roof-raising 131 checkout, but Waites held firm.
Both players continued to trade blows as the match went on, Durrant once again regained control of the match as he fired in two maximums and a 78 finish to wrap up set three. But, Waites just wasn’t going away as the Yorkshireman restored parity as he took the fourth set. In the fifth set, it was Waites who gathered all the momentum as he snatched the fifth set from Durrant’s grasp with a 15-darter to move ahead for the first time in the final.
But as Glen Durrant does, the World no.1 came firing back to restore parity once more to level the match up yet again heading into the interval. At the break, Durrant maintained a 93.3 average to Waites’ 91 as the pair fired in eight maximums-a-piece. During a lengthy interval, it allowed both players time to relax and gather thier thoughts.
It’s fair to say that the interval suited Durrant the better as he could take advice onboard, and psychologically, Durrant has been through the mill over the past few years at Lakeside. After the break, Durrant really did up his game, and despite a spectacular 160 checkout from Waites, Durrant went on to break the Waites throw to take the seventh set. The confidence from regaining the lead really showed in Durrant’s performance levels as he never once looked back.
‘Duzza’ created daylight between the two players for the first time in the match as the Teesside ace moved into a 5-3 lead which was aided by an 80 checkout to take his third set in succession. Waites did manage to carve open an opportunity to fight his way back into the final as he forced a fifth and deciding leg in the ninth set, but Durrant showed great tenacity and fighting spirit as he produced a 177 visit followed by a double four to open up a comfortable 6-3 set lead.
Durrant wrapped up the title in set ten as he came through another deciding leg as he produced a 48 checkout as the Teesside star sunk to his knees in delight, Durrant was always confident over the course of the week that he could win his third BDO World Championship title, and it was Scott Baker who came the closest to testing Durrant’s resolve as the Tipton-based player came from 3-0 behind to force a seventh and deciding leg, but Durrant showed his class in that one, and he hadn’t looked back since then with victories over Mckinstry and Williams.
In Durrant’s post-match interview on the Lakeside stage, the three-time World Champion was very humble as always with lots of respect towards both Scott Waites and Eric Bristow: “I’ve been under pressure for maybe three or four years as the top seed, every tournament that I go to, when I lose it’s like the end of the World. But when you’ve got people like Dennis Coleman right behind me, to have my wife and my daughter here, I spoke to my mum and dad before the final, my brothers have been messaging me, I’ve just got the best family base.”
Durrant also went on to say: “My friends and family have travelled for five hours, and I thought that Scott had most of the audience tonight, but just when I needed to hear my friends and family, they were right there. I’m mega happy.
On equalling Eric Bristow’s record, Durrant wanted to set the record straight: “Just remember, Eric Bristow won it (World Championship) when it was a unified organisation, I know that I’m not playing Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith or Gary Anderson, all I can do is beat legends like Scott Waites, so I’m mega happy.”