Scott Waites wins second BDO crown with victory over Jeff Smith
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 11/01/16 6:21am
Scott Waites won his second BDO World Championship title with a 7-1 thumping of Canadian Jeff Smith in Frimley Green.
Huddersfield's Waites, the 2013 champion, won the first five sets and there was no coming back for the unseeded Smith, whose run did not have the fairytale ending he would have hoped for.
It was by no means one-way traffic, and Waites twice had to come from two legs to one down in the opening five sets as Smith failed to make the most of his chances.
Smith finally got on the board by taking the sixth set in spectacular fashion with a 161 checkout.
An unlikely comeback potentially looked on the cards when he won the first two legs of the next set but again he could not land the doubles and Waites won three legs in a row.
Smith's final chance came when he again led 2-1 in the eighth set but he could do nothing but applaud as Waites landed a 156 checkout and then took out double 16 to clinch the title.
Waites, who has battled back from shoulder surgery, told the BBC: "It's absolutely brilliant. To win my second world title, I can't believe it. I don't know what to say."
Smith made the semi-finals on his debut last year and was the first Canadian for 22 years to play in the final.
He said: "Scott was incredible. He could have gone out early but he dug in and really made it to the end.
"I just tried to adapt each match. I had a tough semi last year and now a tough final but I guarantee I'll be back next year."