Glen Durrant and Scott Waites battle back from the brink to reach BDO World Championship Semi-Finals

A relieved Durrant reacts (credit:C4)

Glen Durrant and Scott Waites both sensationally came from 4-1 down to edge out Jim Williams and Andy Baetens for a place in the 2018 BDO World Championship Semi-Finals at Lakeside on Friday afternoon.

Reigning champion Durrant underlined his status as the BDO's box office star by recovering from the point of no return to deny the in-form Welshman.

Despite Durrant claiming the first leg of the match with a 132 checkout, it was ninth seed Williams who helped himself to the opening two sets. 

Middlesbrough ace Durrant eventually got off the mark by wrapping up set three, but only for Finder Masters finalist Williams to seize upon his opponent's missed doubles and go 3-1 in front.

A 121 checkout on the bullseye inspired Williams on the way to sealing set five to go further clear, but 'Duzza' kick-started the fightback with a stunning 158 checkout en route to taking the next set in consecutive legs.

The turnaround continued as Durrant raced to the seventh set without reply, with the aid of an 80 finish, to close the gap to just 4-3 adrift.

After Durrant had taken out 92 for a seventh straight leg, Williams stopped the rot with a 64 finish, but only for the Teessider to go back ahead and duly force a decider courtesy of a 116 checkout.

With the wind knocked out of his sails, Williams offered little resistance in the decider as Durrant hit two double eights and double 16 to make light work of the set and get over the line.

"I'm so emotional," admitted Durrant, who ended the match with a 100.92 average and fifteen 180s. "Jim's fantastic and should have won the match. 

"It's bittersweet but I can't believe how happy I am. I'm a BDO player for life now."

Victory for Durrant means he will now remain a BDO player for the foreseeable future after signing a pre-tournament contract which prevents him from entering next week's PDC Qualifying School when reaching the Lakeside Semi-Finals.

Waites, meanwhile, staged another memorable comeback at Frimley Green as he inflicted a last-set heartbreak on Belgian debutant Baetens.

Baetens, the number 13 seed, stormed to the opening two sets in consecutive legs to shell-shock the two-time Lakeside World Champion.

Waites got off the mark by clinching the fourth set, and despite landing a 147 checkout in the fourth, it was Baetens who took it to restore a two-set advantage.

Waites responded to Baetens' 116 checkout in set five with a 107 in the following leg, but was left to rue three missed set darts in the decider as the Belgian coasted clear.

Former Grand Slam champion Waites took out 84 on the bullseye on the way to rubber-stamping the sixth set and watched his opponent squander two match darts in the following set as he closed the gap further.

The Huddersfield thrower applied further pressure on his young opponent by storming to the eighth set in consecutive legs to force a decider - in which Baetens squandered a further four match darts.

Waites forced a tie break before landing a timely fourteenth 180 and double 16 to break throw and duly serving it out in the proceeding leg to complete an unlikely turnaround.

"I will never ever give in until the last dart is thrown and today it showed," said Waites.

"Andy was awesome for the first few sets and I couldn't keep up with him but then I started playing better, hitting my doubles and the tide changed."

Elsewhere, Anastasia Dobromyslova won through to her fourth Women's world final after a straight sets victory over rival Trina Gulliver.

The Russian ace edged a close-run first set in a deciding leg before dominating the second by three legs to nil to end Gulliver's hopes of an eleventh Lakeside crown. 


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Glen Durrant and Scott Waites battle back from the brink to reach BDO World Championship Semi-Finals

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