HUDDERSFIELD has a sensational new world champion!
Darts player Scott ‘Scotty 2 Hotty’ Waites clinched the British Darts Organisation title in stunning style last night.
He beat close rival and friend Tony “Silverback” O’Shea to take his first-ever world title and with it the £100,000 prize.
And he lived up to his nickname proving too hot to handle in the contest.
Scott, a 35-year-old joiner, showed few signs of nerves as he raced to victory in front of a delirious capacity crowd at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey.
Hundreds of fans – many of them in fancy dress – screamed in delight as Waites clinched the title with a 7 sets to 1 victory.
His finishing throw in the winning set was a brilliant 110, with a treble 20, 18 and double 16.
Scott, who sank to his knees at the end, said: “It was so hot up there. I just wanted to try as hard as I could, play my game and get a few sets up on Tony.
“I had been missing double 16 all week and to get it with the final throw is brilliant.
“I wanted that trophy and I’m chuffed to bits.
“Its what every darter aspires to and what a feeling – I’ve won the world championship”.
He had gone into the week-long tournament as 11/4 third seed but over the weekend displayed stunning form to grab the world title.
At one point in the final, he had the chance to make it 6-0 and move within one set of a whitewash, but missed out on two close finishes.
The tense final, screened live on BBC2, was closely watched in Huddersfield where Scott plays darts for two local teams.
Many of his team-mates from the Foresters Arms in Crosland Moor crowded into the pub to watch his race to glory.
Landlord Daz Lucks said: “We had a lot in all watching and willing Scott to the title.”
In the semi-finals, Scott steam-rollered newcomer Richie George 6-1 in a speedy 67-minute demolition job.
Fast-throwing Scott, playing in his first semi-final, racked up 12 successive legs as bewildered tournament debutant George desperately tried to reproduce the form that had earned him a spot in the last four.
Focused on the task, Waites used his previous Frimley Green experience to stamp his authority on the match and dictate the pace and display the form that had taken him to the 2011 Winmau World Masters title and thwart the dreams of former double world finalist Bobby George’s son.
Afterwards Scott declared: “That was absolutely fantastic. To be 5-0 up at the interval was absolutely brilliant. I hit my doubles early on and that put pressure on Richie, plus he had the added pressure of his Dad being Bobby George!”
O’Shea had displayed a confidence and determination which suggested this could have been be the year he cast off his “nearly man” image which had seen him fail to score a victory in six major tournament appearances.
It was his third appearance in the final.
HE achieved one ambition last night – becoming a world champion.
But Huddersfield’s Scotty 2 Hotty has another dream and one he’d love to fulfil.
Scott Waites, the newly-crowned BDO World Champion, wants to play darts in The Woolpack.
And that’s not the pub in Lockwood – it’s the one on the fictional streets of Emmerdale.
Scott, a joiner by trade, admits in his official player profile he’d love to appear as an extra on the YTV soap and get to throw darts in the pub.
Scott drew a huge TV audience as he went gunning for glory in this year’s BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships at the famous Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey.
There was also support back home as Scott, 35, is a popular figure on the Huddersfield circuit where he plays with the Foresters Arms at Crosland Moor, and the Dusty Miller at Longwood.
Last night’s triumph was the biggest win for Scott.
Born in Bradford but brought up in Halifax, Scott moved to Outlane a couple of years ago and now lives in Fixby.
He has been playing for the Foresters for about six years and, after a spell with the Walkers Arms at Golcar, he now plays for the Dusty Miller at Longwood in the Golcar Darts League.
On top of that, he has played at Honley in the Super League and practised at Lockwood Conservative Club.
One of his fellow darters at The Forester, Wayne Holland said: “We’re all thrilled for Scott. He’s always been a good player and has been very close in other big competitions without getting that all-important victory.
“There’s no question of him being big-headed, Scott is just one of the lads, and we love having him on our team.”