Huddersfield’s Scott Waites crowned BDO world champion

on top of the world: Scott Waites celebrates with the trophy at the BDO World Championship Final at Frimley Green.
on top of the world: Scott Waites celebrates with the trophy at the BDO World Championship Final at Frimley Green.
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Scott Waites won his second BDO World Championship title with a 7-1 thumping of Canadian Jeff Smith in Frimley Green.

Huddersfield’s Waites, the 2003 champion, won the first five sets and there was no coming back for the unseeded Smith, whose run did not have the fairytale ending he would have hoped for.

It was by no means one-way traffic, and Waites twice had to come from two legs to one down in the opening five sets as Smith failed to make the most of his chances.

Smith finally got on the board by taking the sixth set in spectacular fashion with a 161 checkout.

An unlikely comeback potentially looked on the cards when he won the first two legs of the next set but again he could not land the doubles and Waites won three legs in a row.

Smith’s final chance came when he again led 2-1 in the eighth set but he could do nothing but applaud as Waites landed a 156 checkout and then took out double 16 to clinch the title.

Bradford-born Waites, who has battled back from shoulder surgery, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant. To win my second world title, I can’t believe it. I don’t know what to say.”

Smith made the semi-finals on his debut last year and was the first Canadian for 22 years to play in the final.

He said: “Scott was incredible. He could have gone out early but he dug in and really made it to the end.

“I just tried to adapt each match. I had a tough semi last year and now a tough final but I guarantee I’ll be back next year.”

Waites reached the final after powering past Jamie Hughes 6-1 in his semi-final, while Smith came through a thriller against Dutchman Richard Veenstra 6-5.

Trina Gulliver claimed a record-extending 10th women’s title with a 3-2 victory over Deta Hedman in an all-English final.

Gulliver, who won the last of her previous nine titles in 2011, powered home 3-0 in the deciding set after twice coming from behind to square the match.

Her title-clinching double 18 in the final leg condemned Hedman to a third defeat in a world final.

Gulliver said: “I’m absolutely delighted.

“It was always going to be a tough game against Deta. She wanted her first (title) and I wanted my 10th, so it was always going to be a battle.”