Neil Duff and Beau Greaves were crowned inaugural WDF World Champions at Lakeside on Sunday courtesy of victories over Thibault…
Neil Duff and Beau Greaves were crowned inaugural WDF World Champions at Lakeside on Sunday courtesy of victories over Thibault Tricole and Kirsty Hutchinson in the Men’s and Women’s finals respectively.
An historic evening at Frimley Green saw Duff become Northern Ireland’s first ever World Darts Champion, while 18-year-old Greaves became the youngest winner of a world title at senior level.
Duff, who had pulled off a remarkable recovery from three sets down against Jim McEwan in the Quarter-Finals, held his nerve to edge out France’s Tricole by six sets to five to land the £50,000 title.
Tricole had opened up a 3-1 advantage, but the 49-year-old hit back with three sets on the spin, and though the number two seed recovered to force a decider, it was Duff who fell over the line to etch his name into the darting history books.
Tricole was bidding to become the first Frenchman to win a major televised darts tournament, having survived multiple match darts during two of his wins en route to the final.
The pivotal moment in the contest came in set nine as Duff overturned a 2-0 deficit to snatch it in a decider with a 111 checkout along the way.
Duff ended with an average of 87.7 to Tricole’s 87 and landed six maximums to his opponent’s five in a nip and tuck encounter.
Greaves, meanwhile, produced an emphatic performance to whitewash Kirsty Hutchinson 4-0 and become the first name on the new WDF Women’s World Championship trophy.
The Doncaster teenager had dropped just three legs in her Quarter-Final and Semi-Final victories and she started the final in similar fashion, winning the first set 3-0 with an average of just over 104.
Hutchinson got a leg on the board by holding throw to start the second set, but that was as good as it got for the 31-year-old, as Greaves reeled off nine consecutive legs to seal a straight-sets rout.
Greaves’ match average of 92.02 stands as the best in tournament final history and the third-best in the history of the Women’s World Championship.
She collects a winners cheque of £25,000 – the highest ever received in a women’s televised darts tournament.
Eleanor Cairns kicked off Finals Day at Lakeside by defeating Germany’s Wibke Riemann 2-0 to win the inaugural WDF Girls World Championship.
Dutch ace Bradly Roes then defeated England’s Charlie Large 3-1 to add the WDF Boys world title to his 2021 JDC World Championship triumph at Ally Pally.
WDF World Championship Results
Sunday April 10
FINAL – Girls: Eleanor Cairns (Eng) 2-0 Wibke Riemann (Ger)
FINAL – Boys: Bradly Roes 3-1 Charlie Large
FINAL – Women: Kirsty Hutchinson 0-4 Beau Greaves
FINAL – Men: Neil Duff 6-5 Thibault Tricole