Durrant completes Lakeside double

15 January 2018 18:14:36 GMTPlus11

Glen Durrant joined an elite band of nine players by winning a second BDO World Darts Championship title, beating Mark McGeeney in a final-set thriller.

Durrant looked set to ease to victory when he claimed a 6-4 advantage, only for fellow Englishman McGeeney to level at six apiece, before taking a 2-0 leg lead in set 13.

It is just really, really special.

Glen Durrant

However, McGeeney paid the price for missing match darts as Durrant won four consecutive legs to claim the title he won for the first time 12 months ago.

The victory saw Durrant join Eric Bristow, Raymond van Barneveld, John Lowe, Martin Adams, Ted Hankey, Phil Taylor, Scott Waites and Jocky Wilson as the only men to have won two or more BDO world titles.

And he was clearly thrilled with that situation, telling Channel 4: "Wow. Barney, Brissy, Wolfie, they are the legends. It will take a while to comprehend what just what happened.

"It is just really, really special. Two-times world champion, what a thought. Big respect to Mark, I am sure his time will come.

"There was no way I was hitting doubles at one point in that match. I was throwing darts hoping they were going in rather than knowing they would, but somewhere, somehow, I found some."

Earlier in the competition, Durrant had vowed to remain with the BDO if he made the semi-finals, which looked unlikely when he trailed Jim Williams 4-1 in their quarter-final clash, only for the man from Middlesbrough to power back and win 5-4.

Meanwhile, Michael van Gerwen is 2/9 to win the 2019 PDC World Championship, with Gary Anderson 1212/1 and defending champion Rob Cross 1212/1.

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