Glen Durrant made history by matching Eric Bristow’s record of three consecutive World Championship titles as he defeated Scott Waites in final at the Lakeside Country Club. Waites was also looking for a third world title but after a magnificent run throughout the week, couldn’t find the championship winning darts that had taken him to two previous titles.
Three missed doubles from Waites in the 10th set would hand Durrant the chance for a history making third consecutive world title. The crowd erupted at Durrant sealed the match on double 16, seeing him match Bristow’s 35-year-old record!
Mikuru Suzuki was the story of the Lakeside Women’s World Professional Darts Championship as she went on to claim the BDO’s biggest prize on her first attempt. The Japanese sensation didn’t drop a set throughout the tournament and defeated four-time champion Lisa Ashton in the opening round.
The darts world was shocked as ‘The Miracle’ put an end to ‘The Lancashire Rose’s’ chances of another World title after beating her on the opening session at the Lakeside. Suzuki would go on to defeat Sharon Prins and then Maria O’Brien to reach the final on Saturday afternoon.
Lorraine Winstanley’s path to the final would begin with a nip-and-tuck victory over Casey Gallagher, but she produced a more confident victory over Trina Gulliver. Russia’s Anastasia Dobromyslova would push her all the way at the semi-final stage, but Winstanley would hold her nerve to progress to the first World Championship final of her career.
Ultimately it wouldn’t be Winstanley’s year after was defeated by Suzuki in the final. But she will gain confidence from the best Lakeside performance of her career. With the standard of Ladies darts better than ever, next year could be even tighter, with more top names vying for the biggest prize in women’s darts.