‘Duzza’ Glen Durrant with the coveted trophy after his 7-3 win over Danny Noppert to be crowned 2017 Lakeside World Champion.
‘Duzza’ Glen Durrant is the 2017 Lakeside World Champion after a 7-3 win over Danny Noppert in the Final.
The Middlesbrough man adds the WC to his host of titles won in the last 12 months including the World Masters and the Finder Darts Masters.
Below is my leg-by-leg report of the final……
DURRANT vs NOPPERT: Lakeside Final review
First set (Durrant 3-1)
Durrant teased the Lakeside crowd with back-to-back 180s and 7 perfect darts in the very first leg, threatening a 9-darter at the very outset of the match. Noppert missed five darts at doubles before Durrant gathered his composure and hit D1 with his 18th dart. More power scoring followed for Duzza, who threw two 140s in the second leg and a beautiful set-up on the T16. Having left another small double proved no trouble for Durrant who hit D2 for a 16-darter. After a lull in Durrant’s treble-shooting, Durrant put his first leg on the board in 16 darts after missing D12 for a 101 finish. But the Dutchman proved unable to trouble Duzza’s throw in spite of his first 180, as three 140s put the set out of reach for Noppert.
Second set (Noppert 3-1)
Noppert kicked off the set with his second maximum, hitting a 64 finish on tops as Durrant could not leave himself a double with three darts from 135. But Duzza broke back immediately, taking advantage of Noppert’s wiring of the bull for a 127 checkout to hit a leg-winning ton, finding T20 and D20 in what would prove to be the final’s only three-figure finish. Noppert then survived the pressure from Durrant by hitting D2 with his last dart in hand to record a second break of throw, and in spite of leaving a bogey 168, Noppert took the set with another six darts and a 72 checkout.
Third set (Noppert 3-1)
The third set began with a nervy leg from both players, as Durrant missed two darts at D16 and one at D8 to allow Noppert to recover from missing the bull for a 121 finish to clean up 25 in two darts. At this point Durrant had missed 17 darts at doubles; not a promising start. Hoping to extend his advantage, Noppert instead only managed to score 23 points with his fourth visit, giving Durrant ample time to find D16 and level the set. Durrant recovered from two no-treble visits with a 180 in the third leg, but it was too late to pose a threat to his opponent’s throw as Noppie calmly took out 52 in two darts. A magnificent 13-darter against the throw ensued from Noppert as Durrant missed the bull well to the northwest, putting the Dutchman into a 2-1 set lead.
Fourth set (Durrant 3-1)
Potential two-darts-at-double finishes were critical to this match, and Durrant rose to the challenge with a clinical dispatch of an 81 finish in the first leg. In spite of throwing a maximum, however, Durrant did not attempt a finish in the second leg as Noppert responded with a two-dart finish of his own, this time on 80. With Noppert threatening to take a 3-1 lead in sets, however, Noppert’s darts began to miss the mark, as he would find only three ton-plus scores in the next two legs. This placed him too far behind to put pressure on Durrant, who took the set with 16- and 17-darters. There was no punishment for Durrant’s finding the wrong double bed and busting his score in the madhouse in the fourth leg, breaking throw in the process.
Fifth set (Durrant 3-1)
Noppie’s scoring began to improve in the fifth set, throwing another 180 and leaving D10 handy in the first leg for a 13-darter. Both players threatened fanfare finishes in the second leg, but Durrant punished his opponent for wiring the bull for a 164 finish with a 76 checkout on tops. Noppert looked exquisitely placed to take the third leg but made disastrous mistakes on D4, allowing Duzza back in to hit a 56 finish and break the Dutchman’s throw. Noppert’s scoring proved insufficient to challenge Durrant’s back-to-back maxima, and he could not find a double with three darts from 121. Durrant, having found D4 with a crucial last dart, celebrated his 25 finish with great enthusiasm.
Sixth set (Noppert 3-1)
The players broadsided each other with 180s in the first leg, and Noppert nearly left a 141 finish for a 9-darter. No matter for the task at hand, though, and Noppie recorded only the second 10-darter of the tournament. In spite of nearly botching his perfect setup of D16, Duzza’s inability to better his 100 checkout with a 101 allowed the Dutchman to win the second leg with his fifth dart at a double. Durrant clawed his way back into the set with a 74 finish on his own throw, but made no serious scoring inroads on his opponent’s throw, allowing Noppie to clinch the set with a dart at D10.
Seventh set (Durrant 3-0)
This was an exemplary set for the man from Middlesbrough, who responded admirably to dozens of Dutch trebles with three legs won in five visits. A 56 finish broke Noppert’s throw in the first leg with the Dutchman waiting on a ton-plus score, and after his opponent could not check out from 161, Durrant, having left a double after 12 darts, responded with a second 14-darter. On Noppert’s throw in the third leg, Durrant achieved a set whitewash with a 74 finish, last dart in hand, allowing him to begin to break away from his opponent in the match.
Eighth set (Durrant 3-2)
Durrant left a bogey 162 in the first leg and paid for his poor setup play as Noppert, in spite of narrowly missing a 108 Shanghai finish, only needed another dart to win the leg of the three he was permitted by Durrant. Both players fired away at each other with strings of perfect darts in the second leg, both missed the bull on ton-plus finishes (Durrant 121, Noppert 124), both failed to clean up their scores of 25, but a disastrous bust from Noppert surrendered the leg to Duzza. After missing a 147 finish on the double, Durrant saw his throw broken by Noppert on tops, but the Dutchman could not win the critical last leg to level the match. Noppert could only rue his bad luck as his dart at D12 bounced out, allowing Duzza to finish 74 in two darts, and on his opponent’s throw he could not find a dart at a double from 136 as Durrant scored the 48 finish on tops.
Ninth set (Durrant 3-1)
Noppert appeared to be well placed to mount a comeback in the first leg after Durrant could only manage to score 36 from 106 and two darts sufficed for a 60 checkout. But a momentary lapse of composure from Durrant, who aimed for tops-tops with 80 and bust his score, and then failed again to check out, went unpunished as Durrant missed six darts at double. Durrant’s clinicism on the doubles returned in the third leg with a 13-darter, and then, struggling to find trebles under pressure, Noppie could only watch Durrant drill the D20 bed to move within one set of the title.
Tenth set (Durrant 3-2)
Noppert showed signs of life in the tenth set, capturing the first leg against the throw in 14 darts after Durrant missed a single dart at tops. A late 180 left 161 for Noppert after three treble-less visits, but again Noppert was forced to rely on Durrant missing three darts at a double, which he did not do. Cleaning up after Durrant’s mistakes on his own throw put him 2-1 up in the set, as Durrant this time allowed the Dutchman back in after 18 darts and three missed at a double. But after Noppert could not take a substantial chunk out of 164 and Duzza found D12, Noppert found himself in dire straits. After scoring 41 with his first visit, he shrugged to his coach, as if to indicate that he was beaten. Leaving Lakeside with a 180 brought great amusement to the fans, but it did not deter Durrant from his purpose as two darts sufficed for his 48 finish in 17 darts, which brought the BDO veteran, at last the World Champion, to his knees in relief and elation.
Photos courtesy of David Gill /DG Media.
Durrant sinks to his knees after he nails the D16 to seal the title.