Duzza overcomes Williams in a classic to book semi-final place

Duzza overcomes Williams in a classic to book semi-final place
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Glen Durrant confirmed his place in the Semi-Finals at Lakeside as he produced a phenomenal comeback, after recovering from 4-1 behind to edge out Jim Williams 5-4 and keep his hopes alive in defending his World title.

The number one seed fired in 15 maximums along with a 100.92 average. Durrant won 12 of the final 13 legs in what was a quite remarkable comeback; of course he had a similar comeback in last year’s event as he came from 3-0 behind to defeat Paul Hogan 4-3 in round two, but this was just extraordinary.

Williams was very clinical in the opening exchanges as he raced into a 2-0 set lead despite Durrant averaging 102.57 and 95.60 in those opening two sets. Durrant fired in a stunning 132 finish in the very first leg as he looked like he was going to win the match convincingly from then on, but Williams responded with a 12-darter followed by a 15-darter to hold as he took the opening set 3-2.

It was just as clinical in the second set from Williams as he moved two sets clear after producing legs of 15, 13 and 16 darts to stun the number one seed. Durrant as you’d expect came battling back as he provided some brilliant moments to take the third set 3-1 as he averaged over 101 in that particular set to reduce the scoreline to 2-1.

The fourth set was a bit strange in terms of neither player setting the game alight at that point, but it was Williams who managed to take it 3-1 as he regained his two-set advantage.

In the fifth set, the standard was raised up a notch or two as there was only one leg won over 15 darts, and incidentally that 16-dart leg from Jim Williams saw him move into a 4-1 lead. Durrant produced a 15-darter to break as he took out 86, but Williams responded perfectly as he came back with a 12-dart leg as he piled in a 121 finish to break straight back. He then held on to take the set 3-2. With no room for any mistakes, the pressure was on the number one seed as he was fighting to stay in the tournament.

In the sixth set he produced some sensational darts as he used just 38 darts to take the set, he piled in an 11-dart leg in the first leg and followed it up with a sumptuous 158 finish to seal the set and reduce the deficit to just two sets. The Teesside-based ace then made it six legs on-the-spin as he whitewashed Williams in the seventh set to move within one of the Welshman as he produce some solid legs of darts. Durrant then went on to force a ninth and deciding set after he once more produced some phenomenal legs, he took the first two legs of the eighth set with legs of 13 and 15 darts. Williams came back with a level 15-darter as he took out 64, but Duzza sealed the set with a delightful 116 finish for a 12-dart leg.

Durrant showed ultimate composure in the ninth and final set, both players had left a two-dart finish in the first leg, but Williams spurned his attempt at 41 on throw. Durrant stepped it for a 12-dart leg as he took out 46 to break Williams’ throw. Duzza then went on to hold his throw comfortably to move within a leg of the match as he pinned D16. In the final leg of this extraordinary match, Durrant produced a superb 13-darter as he again picked out his favourite D16 as he completed yet another sensational comeback.

Duzza has showed some fantastic mental strength over the past few years in his domination of the BDO circuit and he’s well and truly on course to defend his World title. Following that victory, Durrant put to bed any hopes of a potential career in the PDC or going to Q-School. He had let fate decide itself before the tournament began as he stated that if he wasn’t to reach the Semi-Finals then he would give Q-School a shot, if not then he will remain in the BDO. That decision seems to have made itself now.

Waiting for Durrant in the Semi-Finals will be Scott Waites. Attached below are some statistics which I have compiled following my analysis. The sixth set was the stand out set for the Middlesbrough ace as he averaged 118.66 and had a first 9 average of 126.78.

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