World title joy for debutant

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UNHERALDED Dutchman Christian Kist secured his first BDO World title last night as he saw off favourite Tony O’Shea 7-5 at Frimley Green.

The 25-year-old, who is a road worker by trade, had to qualify for the tournament via a play-off but has not looked back since, and followed up yesterday’s semi-final win over Ted Hankey with another notable scalp.

He had been cruising towards the trophy when he moved into a seemingly unassailable 6-2 lead over the Englishman, but his veteran opponent finally found some form and moved back to 6-5.

Crucially for Kist, on his Lakeside debut, though, he took the first leg of the 12th set and, when O’Shea miscounted while trying to check out on 112, he took the second as well.

He then missed an attempt at double 16 to win it but, after O’Shea failed on double 14, he returned to land his dart and kick-off the celebrations and take the £100,000 prize.

Meanwhile Hankey has confirmed he plans to leave BDO for the PDC following his defeat to Kist.

Hankey, nicknamed ‘The Count, said: “This is it for me. Thanks a lot to everyone, I’ve had great support here but times change, I’ve made my decision.”