Lisa Ashton and Scott Mitchell were crowned as the new BDO Darts world champions at the Lakeside at the weekend, as the rival organisation to the PDC proved that it is no poor relation to serve up a feast of top-class darting action and drama.

The Lancashire Rose, Ashton was first up in her final on Saturday, looking to defend the title she had won so deservedly twelve months prior. Her opponent was the somewhat surprise package of the tournament, 20-year-old Fallon Sherrock from Milton Keynes.

Ashton had a battle against the plucky underdog before clinching her second world title 3-1, after taking the first two sets and seemingly being on her way to a straight sets’ success. In truth, the younger woman had not helped her cause by missing doubles in the second set to allow her more experienced rival the opportunities she required, but she rallied in the third to take the set and give herself a chance to upset the formbook. Ashton was in determined mood though and ensured there would be no prolonged fight back by clinching the title when winning the fourth set, despite Sherrock hitting six 180s in total in the final.

It was an almost imperious tournament for the Bolton woman, as the set she lost to Sherrock was only the second she had dropped at the Lakeside and her victory march included prevailing over world number one Deta Hedman and legendary darts player Trina Gulliver en route. She has some way to go to get close to Gulliver’s record nine world titles, but her reputation is steadily growing.

The men served up a darting classic on Sunday with twists and turns aplenty, with none other than long time darts’ commentator and scorer Tony Green describing it as one of the best matches he had ever seen, long before it reached its conclusion.

Three-time Lakeside champion Martin “Wolfie” Adams had defeated Glen Durrant 6-5 in an amazing match on Saturday to reach the final, including missing the double for a nine-darter (Paul Lim back in 1990 is the only man to achieve that feat in Lakeside history) and watching his opponent have three darts to knock him out of the event. He faced fellow Englishman Scott Mitchell in the final, the conqueror of the qualifier Jeff Smith from Canada 6-0 in the other men’s semi.

The best of thirteen sets’ final was engrossing throughout as the two players could not be split and were level pegging at 5-5. Mitchell took the next set to move one away from victory and then went 2-0 up in legs in set twelve, as he seemed to have finally broken Adams’ spirit. Needing a 104 checkout to take his first world title, Mitchell failed on the double and allowed Adams to keep the match alive with double six. Momentum was now back with the older player and he took the next two legs to give him renewed hope and to level overall again at 6-6.

In a game of ever-changing fortunes, it was Mitchell who rather surprisingly came good again in the deciding set. Hitting a quite wonderful 158 finish on double 19 (his first finish over 100 of the match, compared to Adams’ three) for leg one, he then stepped in after his opponent missed double 16 to take leg two to see the end in sight. Adams didn’t go without a fight though, taking the third leg and just missing the bull in the next, before Mitchell finally hit double top to spark jubilant scenes in his camp.

Both men hugged to demonstrate their great camaraderie at the end after Mitchell had sought out his friends and family in the crowd, but it was Mitchell who walked away with the biggest payday of his life with some £100,000 as the first prize and perhaps most importantly, that world crown.

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