Section: Darts

BDO World Darts: Scott Mitchell beats Martin Adams to win title

Scott Mitchell claimed his first BDO world title with a thrilling 7-6 win over three-time winner Martin Adams at the Lakeside.

A tense final was finely poised throughout, with both players struggling to hold their throw and neither able to forge a two-set advantage.

Englishman Mitchell, a 44-year-old landscape gardener from the New Forest, won £100,000 in prize money, part of which he plans to spend on a new tractor for his family’s farm.

Lincolnshire-based Adams, 58, was hoping to extend his record as the oldest world champion in the sport’s history.

He went into the 38th BDO World Championship final – the 30th to be played at the Lakeside – with vastly more experience of the big occasion compared to Mitchell, who had never been beyond the last 16 in five previous visits to Frimley Green.

Making his 22nd consecutive World Championship appearance and playing in his fifth final, Adams hit two maximums in the first leg of the match but was less proficient with his finishing, allowing Mitchell to break the throw twice and clinch the opening set.

Adams, who failed with his first 12 shots at a double, won six of the next eight legs to go 2-1 in front.

But he was thankful that Mitchell, in attempting a 123 checkout for the third set, bust his score when his effort at double nine strayed into double 12.

The next three sets went with the darts, but the remaining seven went against the throw.

Mitchell missed four darts to go 5-3 ahead and Adams, involved in anepic semi-final with Glen Durrant 24 hours earlier, landed double top to level at 4-4.

Mitchell punched the air in delight – his first visible emotion on stage all week – as he fought back from two legs down in the ninth.

Two more breaks put fourth seed Mitchell within a set of victory and, after he had missed a dart at double 16 for the match, a 91 checkout from Adams forced a final set.

Helped by a brilliant checkout of 158 in the first leg of the decider, Mitchell went two legs up and the tears flowed after he hit double top to seal a memorable victory.

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Darts: Brilliant Anderson claims dramatic first world title

Gary Anderson defeated Phil Taylor 7-6 to clinch his first ever PDC World Championship title after a dramatic final.

Anderson, who lost his only other world championship final appearance against Adrian Lewis in 2011, defied bad luck and numerous bounce-outs to deny Taylor a 17th world crown and collect the £250,000 top prize.

Taylor won the bullseye and decided to let Anderson throw first, but it did not faze the Scot as he took a tight opening set with composed finishes of 120 and 121.

It didn’t take long for Anderson to strike again either as he immediately broke the Taylor throw with a 76-finish and held for a two-leg lead. However, Taylor replied with a 13-dart leg and broke back with an 11-darter, before overcoming some nervous finishing to level the match.

An under-pressure Anderson held the opening leg of the third but a superb 127-finish from Taylor quickly levelled proceedings. Anderson restored his lead with a 76-finish before hitting the 604th tournament maximum – a new PDC World Championship record – and landing double top for the set.

Nine missed darts at a double from Taylor allowed Anderson to break throw early in the fourth and he held for a two-leg lead. Taylor hit back with double eight but couldn’t stop Anderson taking a 3-1 advantage, as another fine 72-finish put him further ahead.

However, Taylor suddenly turned it on and, after winning six consecutive legs without reply, the match was level at 3-3. Anderson’s form dipped and Taylor, despite suffering trouble on double eight and 16, eased the seventh set to lead 4-3 and move ahead for the first time in the match.

Anderson, who endured rotten luck with bounce-outs all evening, landed two double-tops to break throw but an 82-finish drew Taylor level before he narrowly held with a scintillating 141 checkout. Anderson landed three rapid 180s and, after Taylor missed three darts at double 12 to lead 5-3, he took out double eight for a level match.

Taylor broke immediately thanks to more bad luck for Anderson: having landed two treble 20’s, Anderson’s third dart knocked all three out of the board and he was left with no score. Anderson was left fuming after an ill-timed shout from the crowd but he recovered from two legs down to take the set and lead 5-4.

Despite watching Taylor take the opening leg of the 10th set, Anderson responded with two maximums and his finishing touch returned to give him a 6-4 lead and move him within one of the title.

Taylor missed double 12 for a nine-dart leg but it was enough for him to break throw in set 11 and, with Anderson struggling to land darts in the board, closed the deficit to 6-5. Anderson missed a dart at double-top to break in the 12th and Taylor held his nerve to send a glorious final into a deciding set.

Anderson landed double top with his last dart to hold the opening leg of the last set and, after a superbly-timed 180, broke with double 16. There was no stopping the Scotsman, who hit his 19th 180 of the match to take control and finally claim the first world title of his career.

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Darts: Taylor gets the better of Van Barneveld again

Phil Taylor set up a PDC World Championship final against Gary Anderson after he once again got the better of his old foe Raymond van Barneveld on the Alexandra Palace stage.

After watching Anderson beat defending champion Michael van Gerwen earlier on Saturday, Taylor produced a superb performance to beat Van Barneveld 6-2 and remain on course to win world title No.17.

Taylor took the opening set against the throw as he finished 121 on the bullseye – his first three-figure checkout in the tournament – in the deciding leg, before seeing a nine-dart finish go begging after missing treble 19. However, he returned to take the set 3-1 and double his advantage.

Van Barneveld, though, produced a stern response and won set three without reply to reduce the deficit and then clinched set four thanks to three 180s. The “Power” hit back and, with set five locked at two legs apiece, edged the decider with nerveless finishing to retake the lead.

Taylor took out double top to move ahead in the first leg of the sixth, only for Van Barneveld to respond with the same double. Two “Power” 180’s followed but his nine-dart finish attempt went begging again after he missed treble 19. It was good enough to win the next two legs as Taylor averaged 118 for the set and moved into a 4-2 lead.

The Dutchman couldn’t muster a reply as Taylor landed double top to break throw again and then made it five consecutive legs to move within a set of the final.

Taylor comfortably held the first leg of the seventh set and a beaten-looking Van Barneveld tamely conceded his throw to put the Stoke ace within a leg of Sunday’s final. “Barney” responded with back-to-back 180s to hold throw and keep his hopes alive, but Taylor finally ended the Dutchman’s resistance as he took out 58 for the victory.

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Darts: Van Gerwen sets up Anderson semi-final

Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen sealed his place in the semi-finals of the PDC World Championships

In a high-quality encounter which produced 27 180s in total, Van Gerwen looked to be cruising through to the last four at Alexandra Palace after a blistering start saw him race into a 3-0 lead.

He struck maximums in all five legs of the first set before finishing things off with a 10-darter and he continued to impress as he won the next two sets.

However, Thornton also produced some great darts and he won the next two sets to reduce Van Gerwen’s lead to 3-2, and the 2012 UK Open champion should really have made it 3-3.

The Scot could not make the most of his opportunity, though, and Van Gerwen made him pay by winning the final two sets, including the 170 checkout which completed a 5-2 victory.

Van Gerwen, who scored 13 maximums in the clash, told Sky Sports: “What a game and it’s a big relief for myself.

“Robert never gave up and he made a really good fightback and I needed to do everything to make sure I kept ahead. I was under pressure.”

Despite finishing with a three-dart average of almost 106, the 25-year-old feels he must perform even better if he wants to retain his crown.

He added: “I was still not happy with my performance. With my win I was happy but I can still do a lot better.

“I’ve got a lot to improve before I can win this tournament and I’m very glad to be in the semi-finals of the World Championships.”

Van Gerwen will now face Gary Anderson, who brushed aside fellow Scot Peter Wright 5-1 in Thursday’s second quarter-final.

Anderson established a 2-0 lead and, although Wright pulled a set back, the world number four powered away to claim a convincing victory that included 11 180s and an average of 102.

The 44-year-old said: “I seemed to be in control most of the match, but I missed a few wee doubles and then, bang, I let Peter back into the game a bit. It seemed like I was giving legs away at times so I was pleased to get over the line in the end.

“The scoring was there, the doubles were a bit poor, but I’ve done all right.”

Asked if he would need to repeat his average of 102 to beat Van Gerwen, a bullish Anderson said: “He’ll need that against me.

“Michael’s the world champion, all the pressure’s on him, and I’ll tell you what, he better play because I’ll be right behind him.”

Friday’s quarter-finals see 16-time champion Phil Taylor take on 23rd seed Vincent van der Voort and Raymond van Barneveld against Stephen Bunting.

Van Gerwen’s last-four encounter with Anderson takes place on Saturday evening.

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