Glen Durrant Successively Defends His BDO World Title at Lakeside
The BDO World Championship concluded with the top two seeds playing out a thoroughly entertaining final. Pre-tournament favourite Glen Durrant held his nerve to triumph 7-6 over Mark McGeeney to clinch successive titles at Lakeside.
Despite his opponent’s formidable 157 checkout, ‘Duzza’ fought back and proved clinical on the doubles. His tournament average of 98 perfectly encapsulated the consistency of his play throughout the seven days and he was a worthy winner once again. The Teessider held his nerve in a thrilling last-set decider and was roared on by his travelling support.
There had been plenty of speculation about Durrant’s future going into the tournament and he admitted he was considering whether to join the PDC Q-School should he have exited the World Championship at an early stage. Rules prevent any player who reaches the last four of the BDO event from switching codes and shortly after qualifying for the semifinal, Durrant set the record straight, confirming: “I’m BDO for life”.
There is little doubt that Durrant could hold his own on the PDC tour if he ever switched and has previously beaten Peter Wright at the Grand Slam of Darts. The colourful Scot has been installed as the 8/1 fourth favourite with William Hill for the Masters which gets underway at the end of January.
Other Notable Lakeside Performers
Michi Unterbuchner was arguably the surprise package of the tournament with a memorable run, which saw him reach the semi-finals of the competition. The German had to qualify to make the first round of the tournament but took a number of scalps along the way, including dumping both Martin Phillips and Jamie Hughes out en-route to the semifinal stage.
Welshman Wayne Warren also made an impression with some terrific performances, which saw him knock Wesley Harms and Willem Mandigers out of the competition before falling at the hands of eventual finalist Mark McGeeney. Finally, Andy Baetens hinted at a bright future on the circuit with the baby-faced Belgian impressing during his run to the quarterfinals.