It's great Scott as Waites wins British Darts Organisation world title (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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It's great Scott as Waites wins British Darts Organisation world title
Bradford-born Scott Waites cruised to his first BDO World Championship title after beating Tony O’Shea 7-1 in a one-sided final tonight at Frimley Green.
Waites was ruthless as he raced to a 5-0 lead, taking ten legs in a row at one point as O’Shea almost folded completely in his third final.
O’Shea won the sixth set to ensure there would be no whitewash, but any hopes of a comeback were quickly dismissed with Waites claiming the next, and although there was a hint that the third seed was feeling the pressure, he managed to hold his nerve.
“All I tried to do was battle my way to a few sets in front,” said Waites after his victory in front of the BBC cameras which earned him £100,000.
“Tony didn’t look like his normal self, but I’d rather have him at half fit than fully fit. Winning this is what everyone aspires to and I can’t believe I’ve won at the Lakeside.”
Waites, who now lives in Outlane near Huddersfield, was the favourite to land his first title after Stephen Bunting and Martin Adams crashed out in the early rounds but was expected to be given a tough test by O’Shea.
That never materialised and Waites did not even have to be at his best as he averaged just 86.43, despite six 180s, to hand Stockport-based O’Shea his third final defeat, having previously lost in 2009 and last year.
O’Shea was at least competitive in the early stages, winning three legs in the opening two sets, but he was then well off the pace as Waites won his ten consecutive legs to open up a 5-0 advantage, to the obvious frustration of the man nicknamed ‘Silverback’.
The 51-year-old finally got on the scoreboard, taking the sixth set 3-2 but only after Waites had fluffed his lines.
The 2011 Winmau World Masters winner went further ahead after a short break, and although O’Shea sensationally took out 158, Waites closed out the match with a fabulous 110 checkout.
“I was slow out of the blocks and Scott just did what he does. He played superbly, dead steady,” said O’Shea, who averaged 81.9 in losing his seventh major BDO final.
“I’m a bit gutted because I didn’t give him a game, it just wasn’t there.
“Scott never gives you many chances but, this week, I honestly thought I’d done enough.”
Waites was the 22nd winner of the title and the 13th from England.
He is the third Yorkshireman to lift the title after Dennis Priestley (Mexborough) and fellow Bradfordian John ‘Boy’ Walton.
Waites raced to a 6-1 win over newcomer Richie George in just over an hour in Saturday’s semi-finals.
He took 67 minutes to complete his victory after taking the first 12 legs against the son of twice world finalist Bobby George.
Waites took the opening set in eight minutes and was leading 5-0 at the interval.
George pulled a set back but could not stop Waites taking the next to seal the victory.
O’Shea was a 6-4 winner against Dutchman Wesley Harms in the other semi-final and did not have it all his own way.
He hit 120 and 121 checkouts on the way to the first set, but Harms led 2-1 before O’Shea went 4-2 ahead.
The Dutchman levelled at 4-4 at the break, but in the ninth set a fan shouted as he was about to throw for a double and O’Shea went on to take the set and then the clincher for a 6-4 win.
Russian Anastasia Dobromyslova beat England’s Lisa Ashton 2-1 to win the women’s title for the third time.