Easy success for ‘flabbergasted’ Waites

Scott Waites celebrates with the trophy during the BDO World Championship Final at the Lakeside Complex, Frimley Green. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 10, 2016. See PA story DARTS Frimley Green. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Scott Waites celebrates with the trophy during the BDO World Championship Final at the Lakeside Complex, Frimley Green. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 10, 2016. See PA story DARTS Frimley Green. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
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Scott Waites strolled to his second BDO World Championship darts title with a 7-1 thrashing of underdog Jeff Smith at the Lakeside, Frimley Green last night.

The 2013 champion from Fixby, who works in Calderdale for Pennine Housing, reeled off the first five sets against Smith.

It wasn’t all plain sailing, Waites twice coming from two legs to one down as Smith failed to make the most of his chances.

The Canadian stopped the rot by taking the sixth set in spectacular fashion with a 161 checkout and won the first two legs of the next set.

However, Waites responded with three legs in a row and then took the eighth set from 2-1 down, helped by a 156 checkout before taking the crown with a double 16.

Success crowned a superb comeback from injury for Waites, who didn’t throw a dart for six weeks earlier in the year after shoulder surgery.

“I’m flabbergasted - I can’t believe it,” the 38-year-old told the BBC.

Waites pockets £100,000 for his success but again indicated that he had no desire to become a full-time player.

“I play darts for the love of it - not the brass,” he added, joking that he would probably have to pay £8 to get his name engraved on the trophy.