The final session of Lakeside 2016 featured the BDO World Professional Darts Championship final. 2013 World Champion Scott Waites took on the Canadian Jeff Smith.
Scott Waites v Jeff Smith
1st Set: Waites had the darts to start the match. He held throw with a regulation 15-dart leg, taking out 72 on tops. [1-0] With Waites waiting on 64, Smith held throw by taking out 62 on d16. [1-1] In the third leg, Smith stole the darts and had 6 darts from 170 and then 6 more from 72 to break. Smith missed tops for a 72, but came back and broke on d10 to take his first lead. [1-2] Throwing for the set, Smith threw in the first maximum of the final to pull well ahead. But he followed it with visits of 42 and 59, while Waites went 140-177 to leave 24. Smith could only set up d10 from 120, and Waites took out d12 to level with a 13-dart break of throw. [2-2] Waites left tops after 12 darts, and took it out for consecutive 13-darters to win the set [3-2]
2nd Set: Jeff Smith couldn’t find a treble until his fourth visit, which allowed Waites to steal the darts and have first go at a finish from 132. Waites left tops, and came back after Smith could not take out 152. Waites missed tops and d10 inside, and then missed d5 outside. After Smith missed bull for an 87, Waites missed three more at d5. Smith then took out 25 on d8 for a hold of throw that perplexed even him. [0-1] Waites missed d8 for a 64, but came back after Smith did not take out 141 to break. Waites then missed d8 and d4 inside, but finally took out d2 last dart in hand to hold. [1-1] Waites was first to a finish for the fourth leg in a row, and he took out 102 on d16 to break throw in 15 darts. [2-1] Throwing for the set, Waites kicked off with his first maximum of the final. Smith never got back into the leg. Waites missed d18 for a 68 out, but came back and hit it second dart next visit for a 2-set lead. [3-1]
3rd Set: Smith threw in a brilliant 171 (t20-t18-t19) to leave 102 and put pressure on Waites, but Waites took out 95 bull-13-d16 to hold his throw. [1-0] Smith then answered with a 102 of his own, going t20-12-d18 to hold his throw. [1-1] Smith was first to a finish, but he couldn’t take out 136. Waites then took out 65 on tops to hold throw. [2-1] Waites missed bull for a 126 out to break, but came back after Smith failed to checkout 154. Waites then took out d8 last dart in hand to go 3 sets up heading into the first interval. [3-1] Through three sets, Smith was averaging only 85.62, easily his lowest average of the week. Waites meanwhile was averaging 90.99, and other than the first leg of the second set, had been nearly perfect on the doubles.
4th Set: Smith had six darts from 40 to hold, and after missing with his first two darts at double, took out d10 for a hold of throw. [0-1] Waites missed d18 inside for a 115 checkout to hold, but Smith then missed d18 inside himself for a 104. Waites then held last dart in hand on d9. [1-1] Waites’s third maximum left him on 121 to break, but he could only setup d12 from there. Smith then missed tops for an 80 out, allowing Waites to come back. He missed d12 outside and then inside, before he busted by hitting fat 13 with his last dart. Smith missed d20 and d10 inside, but finally hit d5 last dart in hand for an unlikely hold of throw. [1-2] With Smith not even on a finish, Waites hit d12 for a clinical 13-dart hold of throw. [2-2] Fifth leg, Smith could only find one treble from his first two visits, but Waites couldn’t find any. Smith then powered in a 140, but Waites responded with a 174 and 180 to get right back into the leg and force Smith to take out 144. Smith couldn’t, and Waites took out 43 on d8 to break into a 4-0 lead. [3-2]
5th Set: Waites missed tops for a 117, but Smith responded by wiring tops himself for a 118 to break. However, Waites missed three at tops, allowing Smith to come back to quickly break to start the set. [0-1] Smith left tops from 110, but he nearly didn’t get a chance at it after Waites missed d11 for a 142. However, the pressure got to the Canadian, as he missed two at tops and one at d10. Waites then hit d11 first dart in hand to break right back. [1-1] Despite Smith’s second 180, Waites was never in danger of losing throw, eventually taking out d16 for a simple 16-dart hold of throw. [2-1] Smith took out d8 for a 21-finish in a rare comfortable leg for the Canadian, as Waites was back on 219. [2-2] Waites kept humming along, eventually earning six darts from 170. However, he missed two at d18 for a 72 out that would have put him five sets up. But after Smith couldn’t take out 157, Waites came back and took out d18 last dart in hand to move to within two sets of his second World Championship. [3-2]
6th Set: Smith set up tops from 122, but he came back after Waites made a hash of things from 94. After missing low with his first dart, Smith took out d10 for a hold of throw. [0-1] Smith finally seemed to realize he was playing a darts match, as he kicked off with visits of 180 and 140 to pull well clear on the Waites throw and earn himself six darts from 116 to break. He missed tops for a 116 and what would have been the first 12-dart leg of the final. He then missed d10 and two at d5 to leave himself needing 5 to break when he returned. He would finally hit d2 last dart in hand to break into a two-leg lead in the set. [0-2] For the third time in the match, Smith had a chance to throw for a set, but he couldn’t get going. It took four visits for him to find a treble, and the World Champion had a go at 68 to break. Waites missed tops, and Smith finally won his first with a remarkable 161 checkout on the bull, equaling the highest finish of the week. [0-3] Following this set, the players went off for the second interval.
7th Set: This set was on Waites throw, and he had first attempt to checkout from 161. However, he could only leave 116. Smith then had a go at 121. He couldn’t take it out but he left 32. Smith came back after Waites missed d18 for a 116, and he eventually broke on d8 last dart in hand. [0-1] Smith had six darts from 76 to hold, and he only needed three as he took it out on tops for consecutive 15-dart legs and five legs on the spin. [0-2] Waites seemed to go off the boil in the next leg, barely leaving a finish after 15 darts. However, he had a go at 64 after Smith missed tops for an 80 checkout to win the set. But Waites was not up to the task, missing d16. Nonetheless, he came after Smith missed d20, d10, and d5 for the set. Waites finally took out d4 to save the set and end the rot. [1-2] Smith was throwing for the set after missing four darts for it in the previous leg. He found a treble 20 with his first dart, but the next five went for 43. Waites had the darts, and after Smith couldn’t take out 143, broke back by taking out 50 on d16. [2-2] Waites showed real class, kicking off a critical leg with consecutive visits of 140. Smith then threw in his fourth maximum, but Waites responded with a 121 to leave 100 after nine darts. Waites missed two at tops to finish off the set, but Smith wasn’t on a finish. Waites finally hit tops at the fourth attempt for a 14-darter to steal the set. [3-2] Waites moved to within a set of the title, even though he was averaging south of 88. He was five sets up, even though he had won only five more legs than Smith.
8th Set: Smith’s fifth maximum left 30, which he would have six darts at. He missed with his first visit, and then he missed two at d6 with the next visit. Waites came back for 65, but ended up with only a dart at d6 after hitting 50 with his first dart. He missed, and Smith finally won the leg on d6. [0-1] Waites missed three at d6 to hold, but Smith missed inside on d16, d8, and d4. Waites finally took out d6 to move to within two legs of his second World Championship. [1-1] Third leg, Smith had six from 106 to hold. He missed d18 for what would’ve been his third three-figure out of the evening, but he hit d9 next visit to hold. [1-2] Smith’s sixth 180 left him on 49, but Waites hit a remarkable 156—his best of the final—to hold and therefore close to within one leg of the title. [2-2] Waites stole the darts with his fifth maximum in his second visit. A 145 left him needing 41 after 12, and with Smith not on a finish, took it out on d16 to win his second World Championship.