Scott Mitchell held his nerve to land his first BDO World Championship crown with a nail-biting 7-6 win over Martin Adams on Sunday night.
The 44-year-old had only won two matches on his previous five visits to the Lakeside going into this year’s tournament, but against a three-time champion he stayed calm at the death to win the £100,000 top prize.
Mitchell burst into tears before roaring with delight and embracing his family in the crowd.
Both players had real finishing problems throughout the match, but Adams was the more afflicted and it proved costly.
What the contest lacked in quality – and it lacked plenty – it made up for in drama as the match swung one way and then the other. Neither player was able to establish more than a one-set lead, but, after missing a dart for the title when 6-5 and 2-1 in front, Mitchell clinched the deciding set 3-1.
Mitchell told the BBC: “This is quite amazing.
“Halfway through that I really wished I was watching it, I didn’t really want to be up here.
“It’s everything that dreams are made of really, I can’t believe it.”