Scott Waites ended his long wait for a BDO World Championship title and won the 2013 edition in style, thrashing Tony O’Shea 7-1.
Both players have had a great run to the final, with Waites in particular impressing with a 6-1 semi-final win against Richie George. The bookies’ favourite carried that momentum into his first World final, racing to a 5-0 lead. O’Shea was all over the place, unable to hit the high numbers, but was eventually able to break Waites’ throw to make it five sets to one. Unfortunately, his opponent was too strong and, despite a 158 checkout from O’Shea, Waites was able to win the final two sets and claim the title with the biggest final win since the best-of-13 format was introduced.
The stats say everything. O’Shea had just one shot at a double in the first four sets. He lost ten legs in a row before his break against Waites’ throw. That included losing 12 of his first 16 legs. O’Shea may have gotten the highest checkout of the match, but that was little consolation to the fans made to watch an uninspiring final.
Whether or not Waites decides to join the PDC in the near future isn’t a question for right now. At the moment, he will be content to celebrate his best ever result. It’s yet another final failure for O’Shea and you start to wonder if the “Silverback” will ever claim a BDO World Championship title.