Sealed with a Kist! First BDO World title for Dutchman as he stuns favourite O'Shea
Unheralded Dutchman Christian Kist secured his first BDO World title on Sunday 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.
Triumphant: Christian Kist with the trophy and his prize money
He had been cruising towards the 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, 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 in its intended target and kick-off the celebrations and take
the 100,000 prize.
'I was 6-2 in front and there was no problem and then Tony came back and the nerves came,' Kist told BBC Sport.
Upset: Kist shocked the darts world by turning over favourite Tony O'Shea
Close: O'Shea nearly pulled back level with Kist