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Glen Durrant v Danny Noppert: BDO World Championship 2017 Final preview - Star duo vie for Lakeside glory

Glen Durrant of England celebrates (credit:Darts.tv)

Number one seed Glen Durrant and deadly debutant Danny Noppert collide on a date with destiny as they bid to be crowned Lakeside Champion for the first time on Sunday evening.

The decorated duo have affirmed their billing as pre-tournament favourite and second favourite respectively by powering into their first Lakeside final and ensuring there will be a new name on the prestigious trophy.



Having fallen at the Semi-Final hurdle in 2015 and the Quarter-Final stage 12 months ago, Durrant has handled the immense weight of expectation superbly in progressing through the top half of the draw.

The proud Teessider may be counting his blessings to be still in the running for glory this weekend after surviving three match darts in battling back from 3-0 down to edge past Paul Hogan in the Second Round.

Durrant, however, put that scare behind him by making light work of Lithuania's Darius Labanauskas and fourth seed Jamie Hughes to break new ground at the spiritual home of world darts.

The dominant force on the BDO circuit this season, 'Duzza' notably retained the World Masters trophy last month - one of eleven tournament wins in 2016 - but undoubtedly trade them all to get his hands on the BDO's most prestigious silverware.

Danny Noppert of the Netherlands reacts (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Noppert, meanwhile, has continued his astonishing rise to prominence in a whirlwind 12 months by joining an elite band of players to have made to the final on their Lakeside debut.

The Dutch ace is aiming to join fellow countryman Michael van Gerwen in the world title winner's enclosure this year and will be quietly confident of doing so based on the form he has shown so far this week.

The number three seed has a tournament average of 94.89 to Durrant's 92.22 and has registered fifteen 180s to his the Englishman's twelve so far.

His route to the final has included a whitewash of compatriot Richard Veenstra, a dethroning of reigning champion Scott Waites and an assured 6-3 victory over Darryl Fitton in Saturday's Semi-Finals.

This will be the first competitive meeting between the two players and is undoubtedly the most important of their respective careers to date, with a top prize of £100,000 up for grabs.

The final gets underway at around 4.45pm GMT and will be contested over the best of 13 sets (best of five legs per set) at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green.


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Glen Durrant v Danny Noppert: BDO World Championship 2017 Final preview - Star duo vie for Lakeside glory

Number one seed Glen Durrant and deadly debutant Danny Noppert collide on a date with destiny as they bid to be crowned Lakeside Champion for the first time on Sunday evening.

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