Glen Durrant Lakeside World Champion

We now have three world champions in our stable! Heading into Lakeside many people had already given Glen the famous trophy, Duzza was the number one seed and a heavy favourite after retaining his World Masters and Finders Masters titles. We all knew here that if Glen played his best, that it would take something special to beat him at Lakeside this year. In the opening game of the tournament, Glen beat Nick Kenny 3-1, after coming from a set down. Glen then had to wait four days until he would play again, in this time his mind started to play tricks on him. Late on Wednesday night, Glen found himself deep in trouble against Paul Hogan. Glen was 3-0 down in sets and a break down in the four set; Glen would get the break back but in the final leg of the set would have to watch Hogan have four match darts. Hogan missed, and the rest is history, as Glen came back from the dead to win 4-3. Duzza was now in the quarter-finals as he would have to face Dennis Labanauskas. We saw the real Glen in this match, as he brushed the number 8 seed aside winning five sets to two.

 

A moment to remember
A moment to remember

 

In the semi-final, Glen would face his close friend Jamie Hughes, which is never easy but Glen put friendship aside and in fairness bashed him up. Glen played one of the best Lakeside semi-finals we have seen, averaging nearly 97 and a maximum finish of 170 saw Glen win 6-1. The 170 giving him a share of the highest finish prize with Darryl Fitton. The final was the one that most had predicted at the start of the tournament, as Glen would play the young Dutch star Danny Noppert. I’m not going to lie the final was the best and the worst two hours of my life, I lived every dart, so god knows how Glen felt on stage. The first six sets couldn’t split either player, then in the seventh set Glen broke and won the set on the Noppert throw. Glen would then hold his own throw and win the set. Now for the first time, there was daylight between the players. We all knew the importance of that period, as Glen is one of the best front runners in the game. From that moment Glen never looked back, in the ninth set Glen found himself only 48 points away from his dream. Danny hit a magical 180 to leave 26 and piled the pressure on that 48. A big 16 with his first dart, a huge intake of air and for us it seemed the slowest dart throw the air ever. That second dart landed right in the middle of double 16, Glen sunk to his knees as the moment he had dreamed about for years had become a reality. There were tears on and stage, and I promise you tears in the family area, but tears of Joy.

Huge congratulations from us all here at Glen. Let me say those words again Glen Durrant WORLD CHAMPION! Glen joins Jelle and Corey was world champions, something that can never be taken away from them whatever happens in the sport

 

Priceless
Priceless

 

 

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