BDO world number one Glen Durrant came through a tough looking field, to be crowned England Open champion for the first time late on Sunday night at Selsey. After a disappointing Friday in the England National Singles, Durrant dusted himself down to get ready for the long day ahead on Saturday. Starting at 9 am on Saturday, Durrant worked his way through the field of over 1000 darters. Durrant won eight matches on Saturday to qualify for the semi-finals on Sunday.
In the semi-final, Duzza would face Welsh international Wayne Warren. The game couldn’t have got off to a better start for Durrant, as he found himself 2-0 up with an early break of throw. The pair then traded legs, as Durrant found himself throwing for the match and a place in the final at 5-4 up. On his own throw, Duzza looked so sharp throughout the semi-final and this leg was no different, as the world number one clinched his place in the England Open final with a 15 dart leg. Leaving the stage victorious Durrant had a 94.10 average, hitting four 180s and a checkout percentage of 53%. He would now face Conan Whitehead in the Final of the England Open. Duzza would now face around 90-minute wait for the final; he would now have to refocus and stay relaxed and mentally prepare for the final.
Durrant looked calm as he walked on for the final, but it was Whitehead who had the crowd on their feet for the walk on. With Whitehead winning the bull, the world number one would need to break the throw of the young man if he was to win the title for the first time. Durrant had a dream start to the final, Whitehead missing three darts to hold throw Durrant took out 72 for an early break of throw. This seemed to settle Duzza down as he then produced a commanding hold of throw. The duo then traded legs, until the 7th leg of the final was the pivotal leg of the final. Both players missed darts at doubles, first Durrant to break again then Whitehead to hold but it was the world number one who showed experiences holding his nerve to break throw again. Duzza then missed two championship darts in leg 8, before making no mistake in leg 9 winning the leg in 17 darts to win his first England Open title.
After the final I was lucky enough to catch a few minutes with Glen. “I felt so tight in the final but so chuffed to get over the line. Having won the England classic here are Selsey before, but never the England Open so I’m over the moon to add this to the cabinet.”
“I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. On the Friday night I lost 4-0 in the first round so was in bed for 11 pm. Where some people didn’t finish playing until 3 am and were back again for a 9 am start. If I had done well on the Friday, I don’t think that I would be here winning the Open tonight. I love the EDO and love representing them, but I believe that they need a little rethink as the weekend hasn’t been the smoothest.”
“But I’m over the moon to have won this weekend, and would like to thank everyone from Harrows Darts, Harlequin Teamwear and Mac at The Sportsman Management Company for their continued support. The crowd were brilliant this evening so huge thank you to them.”
The Final Leg By Leg
180 from both players, 1 missed dart at double from Whitehead and is punished as Durrant takes out 72 for a 14 dart leg to break throw.
Another 180 from Durrant as he holds throw in 16 darts.
Whitehead hits his second 180 to get his first leg on the board in 12 darts.
Durrant missed the bull for a 121 checkout but holds throw in 17 darts.
Drama in leg five as Whitehead hits an 180 to leave double 1; Durrant then misses three darts at double 8 to break again. Whitehead holds in 19 darts
Durrant very reliable on his own throw taking out 70 on double 8 for a 14 dart leg.
The edgiest leg of the match by far. Both players missed darts a double, but it was Durrant, who held his nerve to break again and go within one of the title.
180 from both players, as Durrant misses one dart for the title. Whitehead breaks back in 14 darts to keep the tie alive.
Durrant kicks off with an 180 as he gets to a double first. Having missed in the previous leg Durrant wasn’t to be denied taking the title in 17 darts.