BDO World Darts: Scott Waites thrashes Tony O'Shea in final
Scott Waites eased to his first BDO World Darts Championship title with a 7-1 demolition of Tony 'The Silverback' O'Shea at Frimley Green.
The 35-year-old Yorkshireman dominated the all-English affair from the outset.
Waites raced into a 5-0 lead before O'Shea briefly rallied to trail 5-1 at the interval. Waites then took out 110 with a double 16 to seal victory.
Crowd favourite O'Shea, 51, struggled to hit the heights of earlier rounds as he lost his third Lakeside final.
Both players had shown impressive form during their respective passages to the final, but it was Waites who got off to a flying start, winning 12 of the first 16 legs to storm 5-0 ahead. The man they call 'Scotty Too Hotty' allowed his opponent just one shot at a double in the first four sets.
"Scott was the best player through the week. He played a proper game, bullied Tony, not letting him get back."
O'Shea eventually stemmed the tide, halting a run of ten straight losing legs before breaking the Waites throw for the first time in the sixth set to reduce the deficit to 5-1.
The Silverback then took out 158 in the eighth set, the highest checkout of the evening, but Waites comfortably secured the final two sets to close out the match 7-1.
The Bradford-born thrower's margin of victory was the largest in a Lakeside final since the introduction of the best-of-13 sets format in 2006. All seven finals since then had finished either 7-6 or 7-5, so the one-sided encounter was something of a disappointment for the capacity crowd.
Speaking to BBC Sport's Colin Murray after the match, newly crowned champion Waites said: "All I tried to do was battle my way to a few sets in front. It was so hot up there, very difficult to hold the darts.
"Tony didn't look like his normal self. Winning this is what everyone aspires to and I can't believe I've won at the Lakeside.
O'Shea's unwanted record
Tony O'Shea's defeat means he is the first player to lose his first three world finals.
Ronnie Baxter, Bobby George, Mervyn King and Dave Whitcombe all lost two without lifting the trophy.
The record for most defeats (5) in a world final is shared by Eric Bristow and John Lowe.
"The crowd have been fantastic and I know they wanted Tony to win. I'm going to enjoy this, lap it up. I've got a day off work tomorrow."
A downcast O'Shea, whose latest defeat in the final follows those in 2009 and 2012, said: "I was slow out of the blocks and Scott just did what he does.
"He played superbly, dead steady. I didn't give him a game, it just wasn't there tonight. I felt good going on to the stage and, as usual, the crowd were behind me. I'm just gutted I couldn't give them the night they wanted, I'm more gutted for them than me."