MANY congratulations to Scott Waites on what was the most emphatic of BDO World Darts Championship victories.
The man from Crosland Moor’s Foresters Arms was imperious as he saw off the challenge of Stockport’s Tony O’Shea in the final.
But it had merely been part of a march to the title that belied the problems that had dogged Waites in previous years at the Lakeside Country Club tournament.
Waites was not hanging about this time and the victory over O’Shea had been preceded with a 6-1 semi-final destruction of 23-year-old Richie George in a match where at one stage it seemed unlikely that the youngster would even win a leg let alone a set.
But there is every chance that George will come back some time soon to win the title – he will definitely have the motivation.
Richie’s famous darts legend dad Bobby was working as the BBC’s pundit and was not about to put on the kid gloves.
Having denounced his son’s efforts as pretty much rubbish, George senior was handed a second chance to cut his lad some slack as presenter Colin Murray persisted with the ‘you must be a proud father?’ line.
Bobby was having none of it, failing to find a single word of solace for the defeated semi-finalist and if that is the kind of reception he got at home as well, then I would suggest young Richie will not be too keen on losing any games at the Lakeside ever again.