Huddersfield’s Scott Waites was lost for words last night as he clinched his second BDO World Title with a stunning darting display.
Waites is known in darts as “Scotty 2 Hotty” while Smith’s nickname is “The Silencer”. and the Huddersfield man certainly silenced his opponent.
He raced into a 5-0 lead and then hit back in the ninth set with a 14-dart finish to take the title 7-2 and the £100,000 prize, to the delight of his girlfriend Lucy, dad Danny and many fans in the Lakeside crowd.
Waites, labelled The Pride of Huddersfield, said: “I’m flabbergasted.
“I can’t believe it.
“The crowd here have been fantastic and they made it a great occasion.
“I’m not sure what comes next. I play darts for the love of darts and being world champion is the one I wanted”.
Waites, of course, won the title in 2013.
Waites, 38, was seeded 9th for the Championships while his Canadian opponent was unseeded.
The Huddersfield joiner has made nine appearances at Lakeside while Smith, 40, has been there twice. But Waites has had to fight back to form after shoulder surgery and he was in unstoppable form for much of the final.
Waites lives in Huddersfield, with his partner Lucy. He has a stepson, Michael, with his ex-partner of 12 years, Sally.
Intriguingly, he is not a full-time professional player and he earns his full-time living as a carpenter for Pennine Housing 2000, a member of the Together Housing Group who also act as a sponsor.
He has repeatedly said he has no ambition to venture over to the PDC as he says he is happy to play in the BDO for the forseeable future, playing against players he is familiar with.
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The Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green has staged the BDO World Championships every year since 1986 and, for many, it is the traditional home of darts.
The crowd of 1,500 created a tremendous atmosphere with fancy dress costumes such as nuns and parrots, placards - and no shortage of beer.
So who is Scotty 2 Hotty?
He plays darts for The Foresters Arms, in Crosland Moor, and shot to prominence in February 2007 when he won the Dutch Open an event which attracted 2,867 entries.
He and a group of mates had travelled to Holland on a stag do but came home with the singles title, the pairs title with Gary Thompson and several thousand Euros in his wallet.
He also took the Welsh Masters title in March 2007 and reached the final of the 2007 Scottish Open.
He made his World Championship debut at the 2008 BDO World Darts Championship and reached the quarter-finals, defeating Mike Veitch and Remco van Eijden before losing to Brian Woods.
In 2009 Waites also reached the final of the Grand Slam of Darts, a PDC major held at Wolverhampton Civic Centre, where he was beaten 16–2 by PDC world number one Phil Taylor. This earned Waites £50,000, which was at the time his biggest success in the game.