Wayne Warren, a fifty-seven year old roofer from Wales, has become the latest World Darts Champion.
‘Yank‘, as Wayne is known, claimed the BDO version of the title late last night at the O2 (Indigo) in London. Warren had been in strong form throughout the event, defeating several tough opponents, clinched the crown with a 7-4(sets) win over compatriot Jim Williams.
It was a perfect start for ‘The Quiff’ (Williams), recording just shy of a ton average as he bounded into a two set lead early on. Warren remained in contention going into the interval as he smashed out a superb set of his own to set the seed of doubt in Williams’ mind.
The 58-year-old Welshman would make it 2-2 as the momentum continued to shift in his direction. That advantage would be increased as Warren got his nose ahead for the first time as he went 3-2 to the good.
Williams would return the favour with a whitewash set of his own, meaning the two would go into the half time interval at 3-3. Warren would return from the break reinvigorated, finding the heavy scoring game that had got him to this stage.
‘The Quiff’ would steal one more set before Warren unleashed his best darts. Williams has been a front-runner throughout the tournament and for much of his career, but the chase was a hard graft and Warren appeared to have too much in the latter stages.
Warren began to pull away after the nine-set mark, firing in 11 and 12 darts legs in front of the packed Indigo at the o2. As they entered the final set, Warren took a two-leg advantage, a slack leg then let Williams in with a chance.
But that would be the end of the story for Williams as Warren nailed tops to claim his first BDO World Championship title at 57 years of age, a truly magnificent achievement.
Warren adds his name to a famed list of Welsh darting legends, from Alan Evans and Ceri Morgan on to Leighton Rees, who claimed this very title in 1976, progressing to Richie Burnett and Mark Webster in the modern era. With Williams as runner up, and Johnny Clayton and Gerwyn Price performing well in the PDC, the principality is in superb shape to continue such a proud record.
Addition comment in italics from DW staff.