Durrant denies McGeeney in tie break thriller to retain BDO World Championship title

Jamie Shaw in BDO Darts News 14 Jan 2018
Durrant proudly clutches the Lakeside trophy (credit:C4)

Glen Durrant became only the fourth player to successfully retain the BDO world title after a pulsating 7-6 victory over Mark McGeeney in the final at Lakeside on Sunday.

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Durrant survived two match darts from McGeeney - who had battled back from 6-4 down to force a last-set decider - before eventually holding his nerve in a nail-biting tie break.

The Middlesbrough marksman had not led the match until the ninth set, and though he pulled clear with three consecutive sets from 4-3 down, McGeeney dug deep to send it all the way, before being left to rue two costly misses.

Durrant joins Eric Bristow, Raymond van Barneveld and Martin Adams in retaining the BDO's biggest prize and joining an elite group of multiple World Champions.

"The way that game finished there, that's probably the best moment of my life in darts," admitted Durrant.

"My bottle had gone.

"There was no way I was hitting doubles at one point but somewhere, somehow, I found something. To get back to 2-2 in that last set was incredible."

After the duo had traded the first two sets, McGeeney hit the front by securing the third in consecutive legs.

Durrant responded strongly with checkouts of 106, 87 and 116 to wrap up the fourth set, but only for Stockport star McGeeney to snatch the fifth after capitalising on an array of missed doubles from Duzza.

The trend continued as set six also went with throw in favour of top seed Durrant, though he was left to rue two missed set darts in the seventh as 'Gladiator' edged it in a decider to lead 4-3.

That missed opportunity appeared to galvanise Durrant as he cruised to the next two sets without reply to go in front for the first time in the match.

McGeeney stopped the rot in style with a 157 checkout, but only briefly, as Durrant reeled off the next three legs to extend his foothold.

With the winning line in sight, Durrant began to falter at the finish and was punished for a plethora of missed doubles as McGeeney wrapped up set eleven to give himself a lifeline at 6-5 behind.

Durrant then missed three darts to go 2-1 up in set twelve and was punished again as McGeeney forced a fitting last set show-down.

The defending champion then found himself at the point of no return as McGeeney took out 81 to move 2-0 ahead in the decider, and after Durrant had held throw with double 18, McGeeney then squandered two match darts to allow his opponent to return for double one and force a tie break.

Durrant did not look back and landed arguably the killer blow with a sublime 149 checkout to break throw, before closing out the job on double three in the proceeding leg.

A gracious McGeeney admitted: "I'm disappointed I lost but I'm OK, it's been a good tournament for me.

"It was the best experience I've ever had. I'll learn from this and come back better and stronger next year."

Durrant ended the contest with a 93.97 average to McGeeney's 86.31 and fifteen 180s to McGeeney's ten.


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Durrant denies McGeeney in tie break thriller to retain BDO World Championship title

Glen Durrant became only the fourth player to successfully retain the BDO world title after a pulsating 7-6 victory over Mark McGeeney in the final at Lakeside on Sunday.

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