Glen Durrant achieved his darting destiny as he defeated Danny Noppert 7-3 to be crowned BDO World Champion for the first time at Lakeside on Sunday.
The BDO number one culminated a season of emphatic dominance by landing the code's most prestigious silverware and £100,000 top prize, denying the Dutchman a dream debut triumph.
Durrant, who retained his World Masters trophy in December, justified his billing as pre-tournament favourite as he swept through the field to become the latest new name on the historic trophy.
"If there's a happier man in England tonight then he must be lottery winner," said a delighted Durrant.
"Six years ago I wasn't even the best player in my Superleague team but with hard work, determination and Teesside steel I'm now Lakeside Champion."
"In 1989 I watched a match between Eric Bristow and Jocky Wilson that inspired me to pick up a set of darts. In 2008 we created Teesside ranking events and I learned how to win.
"I feel like I've climbed that mountain right now and I really don't know what's next," he added.
Durrant celebrates a landmark victory (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
Durrant incredibly recovered from three sets down and survived a match dart in scraping past Paul Hogan in Round Two, but did not look back from there on in, brushing aside Darius Labanauskas and Jamie Hughes to seal his spot in the final.
The proud Teessider began the final strongly, firing in seven perfect darts in the opening leg and going on to secure the first set 3-1.
Despite a 100 checkout from 'Duzza' in the second set, it was Noppert who hauled himself back level before clinching set three to lead for the first time in the match.
Durrant, though, hit back to comfortably claim the fourth set, and after Noppert had wired the bullseye for a 164 checkout, the top seed cleaned up a crucial 76 finish en route to regaining the lead at 3-2.
Third seed Noppert continued to plug away and restored parity once again at three apiece, but it was Durrant who moved through the gears when the players re-emerged from the interval, sweeping to the seventh set without reply.
A pivotal moment in the match then saw Noppert squander a 2-1 lead in set eight, allowing Durrant to create daylight at 5-3 in front, a lead he failed to relinquish.
A spell of crucial missed doubles were seized upon by Durrant as he closed out a third consecutive set, before applying the finishing touches in the next, sinking to his knees in celebration.
Noppert, the first debutant since Christian Kist in 2012 to reach a Lakeside final, admitted: "I think Glen deserves it - he played great for the whole tournament and on the circuit.
"I'm looking forward to coming back here next year and with more confidence."
Both players registered thirteen 180s in a high quality final, with Durrant ending on an average of 93.48 to Noppert's 93.3.