Machin and De Graaf crowned 2017 BDO World Trophy champions
Most people would have been watching the FA Cup and Premiership Final at the weekend, but few will have tuned into the British Darts Organisation World Trophy in Wales.
A major tournament in the BDO calendar saw Peter Machin clinch the men’s title after beating Martin Phillips 10-8 in a thrilling final.
It all came down to the 18th leg, where the Australian seized upon Phillip’s three missed darts and closed out the tournament with a double two.
Machin, who was runner-up last year and knocked out two-time world champion Scott Waites with impressive bullseyes, spoke to Katie Shanahan about his following back home.
Machin speaking on Dave at the BDO World Trophy 2016.
Machin also made history, as he became the first man from outside Europe to reach the final on the same BDO major in consecutive years.
Elsewhere, there was a shock early exit from reigning champion Darryl Fitton, who lost to debutant Conan Whitehead in 20 minutes.
His sensational 104 checkout was among the highlights from the Gillingham-born player, who went onto his first semi-finals in the world trophy.
Despite an early exit from The Dazzler, Sports Gazette spoke to last years World Champion after his sensational win against Darius Labanauskas.
Fitton speaking on Dave at the BDO World Trophy 2016.
Two-time Lakeside winner Scott Waites was the next big name to go out at the first stage, as he was defeated 6-3 by debutant James Hurrell in the opening match of day two.
The women's side also saw upsets, as reigning champion and world record holder Lisa Ashton was beaten 4-3 by Anca Zijlstra from Holland on the first day.
The Lancashire Rose has been at the top of her game in the last 18 months, but couldn’t compete with Anca Zijlstra, who knocked her out of the tournament in the deciding leg.
Meanwhile, De Graaf climbed the ladder and met Zijlstra in the semi-final where she
defeated her Dutch counterpart 5-2 to reach the final.
Her opponent next was Anastasia Dobromyslova, who had defeated one of darting greats, Deta Hedman to reach this stage.
But, this didn’t phase the Russian who set the tone with a 96 checkout in the first leg, settling her into a natural rhythm.
Soon enough De Graaf had taken an early lead, and despite Dobromyslova's best efforts to equalise, the Russian was too strong and ended the game on double 11 for a World BDO World Trophy title.