BDO 

Durrant Reigns Supreme

BDO world number one Glen Durrant completed a remarkable year, and fulfilled a lifetime dream as he was crowned Lakeside world champion. Durrant was the overwhelming favourite heading into the tournament; the number one seed had been handed a tricky looking first round tie against Nick Kenny. Duzza had to come from a set down, but showed why he had dominated the BDO tour by taking the next three sets unanswered to book his place in round two. Glen was forced to wait for the longest between his first and second round games, which was never going to be easy. In the second round, Durrant would face Paul Hogan, a veteran of the BDO circuit. Durrant found himself in all sorts of trouble, as Hogan reeled off the first three sets in record time leaving Durrant staring down the barrel of an early Lakeside exit. In the fourth set, Hogan missed four match darts to send Durrant home in straight sets. From that moment Durrant never looked back, as Hogan’s head completely went as he struggled to get those missed darts out of his mind, and soon found himself all square at three sets all. The final set Durrant broke the Hogan throw in the first leg of the final set, and complete a remarkable comeback sealing a 4-3 win.

 

Duzza beats Paul Hogan
Duzza beats Paul Hogan

In the quarter-final, Durrant would face the number 8 seed Dennis Labanauskas. After escaping a huge scare in the second round, Durrant looked more composed as if the weight of the world had been lifted from his shoulders. Watching the game Durrant never looked in any danger, as he saw off the number 8 seed 5-2. In the semi-final, Durrant would face his close friend Jamie Hughes. After knowing that he should have already been sat at home, Durrant looked in the mood as he strutted across the stage with an aura of the number one seed. Durrant produced one of the best displays at Lakeside of the last five years, as he blew Hughes away 6-1 with a 96.27 average which included 170 and 132 finishes. The 170 guaranteeing Durrant a share of the highest finish prize.

In the final Durrant would face the young Dutch star Danny Noppert, the number three seed had caught the eye in this year’s tournament and some even predicting that he would upset the number one seed. The first six sets were like a rollercoaster, as both players broke each other and took sets against the darts. Being all square at three all Durrant took the seventh set against on the Noppert darts. Durrant would then hold his own set to put daylight between himself and Noppert for the first time; Durrant knew the importance of a two-set lead as he guested to the crowd. From that moment Durrant never looked back knowing he could cross the line, having already won the World Masters on the Lakeside stage. The next two sets was a barrage of high scores as the crowd were on their feet. Only 48 points stood between Durrant and what seemed destiny. It only took Durrant two darts, as the Teessider dropped to his knees on the realisation that his lifetime dream had now come true. Glen Durrant 2017 Lakeside World Champion!

 

The moment your dream came true
The moment your dream came true

 

Phill Barrs 

Related posts

Leave a Comment