Adam Smith-Neale claims 2018 Winmau World Masters glory

Smith-Neale claims breakthrough title (credit:Winmau/British Darts Organisation)

Adam Smith-Neale claimed his first major BDO title in style with a 6-4 victory over Glen Durrant to be crowned 2018 Winmau World Master on Sunday.

The 24-year-old, a former PDC Development Tour winner and Challenge Tour finalist, defied the odds as an 80/1 outsider as he sealed a sensational triumph at the Bridlington Spa.

Smith-Neale had to come through the qualifying rounds to book his place in the main event and averaged in excess of 90 in his five wins en route to the £25,000 title.

He began with a three sets to nil victory over Daniel Day in the Last 32 before edging out second seed Mark McGeeney in a tense last-set decider to reach the Quarter-Finals.

There, he dispatched Welsh veteran Wayne Warren 4-1 with a 96.8 average before going on to deny Jim Williams 5-3 in the Semi-Finals with a 94 average.

It was number one seed Durrant who began the final brightly, winning four of the opening five legs to establish a two-set lead.

Smith-Neale then sprung to life with an 80 checkout in the deciding leg of the third set to get off the mark and halve the deficit.

The Coventry thrower then produced a 110 checkout on the way to sealing set four to get back on level terms, but only for 'Duzza' to hit back with double 14 to wrap up set five in successive legs and go 3-2 ahead.

An 85 finish handed Durrant a break of throw at the start of set six, but Smith-Neale broke back with a 180 and double eight and followed up with a further maximum and tops to restore parity.

The duo exchanged 14-darts in set seven before reigning Lakeside Champion Durrant converted double 16 to seal the set and make it 4-3.

Durrant then missed one dart at double 16 in the first leg of set eight, and despite seizing upon a missed dart at tops for a 142 checkout from his opponent in the next leg, it was Smith-Neale who landed double ten for four sets apiece after Durrant had squandered two darts for the set.

That proved a pivotal moment in the contest as Smith-Neale went on to hit double nine and double eight to wrap up set nine and lead for the first time in the match.

He then took out 66 to move within a leg of victory, and after three missed darts at doubles from Durrant in the following leg, Smith-Neale pinned tops to seal glory.

The victory secures the youngster a debut in the 2019 BDO World Championship at the expense of Wes Newton, as well as a debut spot in November's Grand Slam of Darts.

Durrant narrowly fell short of a third World Masters crown which would have put him level with Bob Anderson and Martin Adams.

Lisa Ashton claimed the Ladies title for a second time courtesy of a 5-2 victory over Casey Gallagher in the final with an 84 average, having earlier seen off Deta Hedman 4-2 in the Semis.

BDO World Masters 2018 Results


Sunday October 7

Ladies Semi-Finals
Casey Gallagher 4-3 Anastasia Dobromyslova
Deta Hedman 2-4 Lisa Ashton

Ladies Final
Lisa Ashton 5-2 Casey Gallagher

Mens Quarter Finals
Glen Durrant 4-2 Gary Robson
Scott Mitchell 4-0 David Copley
Jim Williams 4-3 Scott Waites
Wayne Warren 1-4 Adam Smith-Neale

Mens Semi-finals
Glen Durrant 5-2 Scott Mitchell
Jim Williams 3-5 Adam Smith-Neale

Mens Final
Glen Durrant 4-6 Adam Smith-Neale


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