Glen Durrant v Mark McGeeney: BDO World Championship 2018 final preview - Duzza out to complete memorable double

Jamie Shaw in BDO Darts News 14 Jan 2018
Grand Slam quarter-finalist Durrant reacts (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Man of the moment Glen Durrant aims to become only the fourth player ever to retain the BDO World Championship title when he takes on Mark McGeeney in the final at Lakeside on Sunday.

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Durrant, who defeated Danny Noppert in last year's final to lift this prestigious trophy for the first time, is now bidding to etch his name into the history books by become the first man to successfully defend this title since Martin Adams in 2011 and join an elite group of only eight multiple Lakeside Champions.

The number one seed has fully justified his position as red hot title favourite before a dart was thrown by storming into the final and handling the added weight of expectation superbly.

The Middlesbrough ace dropped just one set in routine wins over Gary Robson and Daryl Fitton to kick-start his charge, before recording his highest ever Lakeside average (100.92) in coming from 4-1 down to deny Jim Williams in an epic Quarter-Final.

He then made light work of two-time champion Scott Waites with a 6-2 rout in Saturday's Semi-Final and will be determined to pick up from where he left off.

A fascinating sub-plot has shrouded Durrant's campaign this week; after expressing his desire to enter PDC Qualifying School in the months leading up to Lakeside, his run to the Semi-Finals here means he is now contractually obliged to remain a BDO player for at least the next 12 months.

After declaring himself "BDO for life" following his Quarter-Final win over Williams, 'Duzza' will now be keen to put that speculation to the back of his mind and focus fully on landing the £100,000 top prize once more.

McGeeney, meanwhile, is appearing in his first Lakeside final and has stayed true to form as the number two seed.

The Stockport star had previously never been beyond the Second Round in two previous visits to Lakeside but has culminated a terrific season by moving to the cusp of the BDO's biggest prize.

Things could have been very different for McGeeney had he failed to hold his nerve in a sudden death leg against Martin Adams in Round One, though he went on to make light work of 2016 finalist Danny Noppert with a 4-1 triumph.

The 45-year-old showed his metal once again as he edged out Welsh veteran Wayne Warren in a ninth set decider before battling past German qualifier Michael Unterbuchner in the Semi-Finals.

McGeeney has contested four sets more than Durrant (29-25) in reaching the final and with a considerably lower tournament average, 'Gladiator' knows he will have to raise his game somewhat in order to match the leg-on-leg pressure applied by Duzza.

Durrant has won their last six meetings, including the 2016 World Masters final, with his last ranking defeat to McGeeney coming almost three years ago.

The final gets underway from around 5pm GMT and will be contested over the best of 13 sets. All sets are the best of five legs.

If the game goes to a deciding set, it must be won by two clear legs. If the score in the final set reaches 5-5, a sudden-death leg will be played.

Player's View:


Durrant: "To beat Scott Waites 6-2, even if I was at the top of my game I would never expect that and I felt I was five or six points points below where I'd like to be on my average.

"I still feel there's that one last gear left for Mark McGeeney in the final.

"I've got the utmost respect for Mark, if somebody had one dart to win a match and said 'who would you give that to?' I would give that to Mark McGeeney but I can't give him those chances."

McGeeney: "It hasn't sunk in yet.

"History's going to be made on Sunday, I know I've been playing well, I've got a few issues with the way I'm throwing darts but I'll feel them out in the morning in the practice room and I'll be ready.

"I watched Glen play against Scott Waites and he was very ropy at the start of the match but the further it went, the better he got."


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Glen Durrant v Mark McGeeney: BDO World Championship 2018 final preview - Duzza out to complete memorable double

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