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Juan Mata has played 117 games with no break since August 2011

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Champion: Mata (centre) played for Spain at Euro 2012 and the Olympics leading up to this season's lengthy campaign on the back of a year which saw Chelsea win the Champions League (below) and FA Cup

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NON-STOP MATA'S 117 GAMES

Chelsea

Premier League (2011-2013) 62 games (26 goals)

Champions League (2011-2013) 17 games (4 goals)

FA Cup (2012,2013) 13 games (5 goals)

League Cup (2011-2013) 6 games (2 goals)

Europa League (2013) 4 games (1 goal)

UEFA Super Cup (2012) 1 game

Community Shield (2012) 1 game

Club World Championship (2012) 2 games (1 goal)

Spain

London 2012 Olympics 3 games

European Championship Qualifiers (2011) 2 games (1 goal)

World Cup Qualifiers (2013) 2 games

Euro 2012 1 game (1 goal)

International Friendly (2011-2012) 3 games

He joined up with Spain's squad for the victorious Euro 2012 campaign – scoring in the final – before competing for his nation at the London Olympics.

From there, he had just 11 days of pre-season training before this season's Community Shield against Manchester City.

If the last campaign saw some Chelsea players' legs grow weary, this one has been far harder.

With
both the Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to contend with on
top of their usual commitments, they reached the
semi-finals of both the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup.

Chelsea still in
the Europa League, with a semi-final two-legged tie against Basle to come, and they are competing for a top-four finish in the Premier
League.

A win in Wednesday night's
west London derby at Fulham would go some way into achieving the vital
Champions League qualification, seeing them leapfrog Arsenal into third
place.

The match could add see Mata add to
his incredible tally, and the Spaniard fired his troops up to keep up
the pressure as the season heads into the home straight.

Impact start: Mata scored on his Chelsea debut in a 3-1 win over Norwich in August 2011

Impact start: Mata scored on his Chelsea debut in a 3-1 win over Norwich in August 2011

AVB

RDM

Benitez

Changing faces: Mata has played under Andre Villas-Boas (left), Roberto Di Matteo (centre) and Rafa Benitez

In action: Mata will have to recover from Sunday's FA Cup semi-final in order to face Fulham tonight

In action: Mata will have to recover from Sunday's FA Cup semi-final in order to face Fulham tonight

'We just arrived in the season's most important moment,' he told Chelsea's official website.

'It's been a little time since we played two Premier League games together but we now have the opportunity to get six points.

'It will be difficult against Fulham and at Liverpool as well, but we will try to finish the week with 64 points and in a strong position in the league.

'Hopefully the picture will be clearer after that. With six points it could help us make a gap to our rivals.'

Masters 2013: Jamie Donaldson shoots hole-in-one on sixth hole

Xbox practice pays off as Welshman Donaldson hits hole-in-one on debut

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

17:50 GMT, 11 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:07 GMT, 11 April 2013

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Welshman Jamie Donaldson made a flying start to his first Masters with a sensational hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Augusta.

The 37-year-old was one over par by the time he reached the 180-yard, par-three sixth before his amazing shot on the hole known as Juniper.

He became the fifth golfer record a hole-in-one on the sixth, the first since Chris DiMarco in 2004.

Donaldson's shot was the 24th ace in Masters history after Bo Van Pelt and Adam Scott made holes-in-one on No 16 last year.

Delight: Jamie Donaldson celebrates his hole-in-one as Martin Laird watches on

Delight: Jamie Donaldson celebrates his hole-in-one as Martin Laird watches on

High five: The Welshman celebrates with his caddie

High five: The Welshman celebrates with his caddie

All smiles: Donaldson waves to spectators after his hole-in-one on the sixth

All smiles: Donaldson waves to spectators after his hole-in-one on the sixth

Modest: Donaldson was one over through five

Modest: Donaldson was one over through five

Appreciation: Donaldson raises his cap

Appreciation: Donaldson raises his cap

The Welshman, who was priced at 300-1 before the tournament, prepared for his first trip down Magnolia Lane by playing on his Xbox.

Donaldson won the Abu Dhabi
Championship in January, his first victory on the European Tour.

Elsewhere, Englishman David Lynn was the early leader in the clubhouse thanks to an opening round of 68.

Playing only the third major of his career after securing his place by finishing second to Rory McIlroy at the US PGA Championship last year, Lynn carded a four-under-par 68 in the first round at Augusta National.

The 39-year-old from Stoke, who has just one win in almost 400 European Tour events, carded six birdies and two bogeys during his round on Thursday.

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Masters 2013: Guan Tianling to do homework while becoming youngest ever Masters player

Teen sensation Guan balances schoolwork and golf ahead of becoming youngest ever Masters player

By
Phil Casey, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

19:25 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

00:46 GMT, 9 April 2013

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China's Guan Tianlang has done his homework, in every sense of the word, ahead of his historic appearance in the US Masters this week.

Guan secured his place at Augusta by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand last year and, at the age of 14, will become the youngest player Masters history when he tees off on Thursday.

The Guangzhou schoolboy says he will do 'pretty much all' of his homework while in America, but has found plenty of time for seven practice rounds at Augusta, with today's being alongside two-time winner Ben Crenshaw and tomorrow's scheduled to be with another double champion Tom Watson.

Juggling: Tanlang Guan, during the first Masters practice round today, will do his homework while in America

Juggling: Tanlang Guan, during the first Masters practice round today, will do his homework while in America

Juggling: Tanlang Guan, during the first Masters practice round today, will do his homework while in America

Guan

'I'm really excited in the morning when I come out on the course and there's many people here and I'm really looking forward to the tournament,' said Guan, who will also play the traditional par-three contest on Wednesday with three-time winner Nick Faldo.

'I'm not going to push myself too hard and I'm going to enjoy my game. Hopefully I can play well.

'The general manager of my home course is friends with Ben (Crenshaw) and he told him I wanted to play with him. He told me a lot and we really enjoyed it on the golf course.'

Picture perfect: Guan enjoyed his practice round with Tiger Woods on Monday

Picture perfect: Guan enjoyed his practice round with Tiger Woods on Monday

Picture perfect: Guan enjoyed his practice round with Tiger Woods on Monday

Guan has already played with Tiger Woods in a pro-am in his native China but will also seek out the world number one for a chat.

'I
think probably we will talk,' he added. 'The players here are all great
players, so I'm looking forward to speaking to any one of them.

'When
I was three or four years old I was looking at him (Woods) winning the
Masters and it's pretty exciting to watch him. I played with him twice
in the past couple of years and he gave me a lot of advice. Every time I
play with him I feel a lot better and give myself some confidence.'

Starlet: Guan will become the youngest Masters player in history when he tees off on Thursday

Starlet: Guan will become the youngest Masters player in history when he tees off on Thursday

Guan

Guan

Guan's appearance at Augusta may have made headlines around the world, but world number eight Steve Stricker was still taken aback when he realised exactly how old the former world junior champion is.

'I knew he was playing, I knew he was young. I didn't think he was the same age as my daughter,' Stricker said. 'I thought he was 16.

'That's remarkable. I just can't imagine being that young and competing at this level at such an early age.

'It will be interesting to see how he does and how he handles it. It's remarkable that he's even playing.'

Final preparations: Staff in Augusta are making last changes ahead of the tournament's start on Thursday

Final preparations: Staff in Augusta are making last changes ahead of the tournament's start on Thursday

Final preparations: Staff in Augusta are making last changes ahead of the tournament's start on Thursday

Rory McIlroy solid start in Texas Open 2013

He's not out of the woods yet! McIlroy fails to hit top form but posts solid start in Texas in his final preparation ahead of The Masters

, including a
second major at the US PGA Championship.

Lost ball: Rory McIlroy, looking in the woods for a wayward shot, has had just one top-10 finish in 2013

Lost ball: Rory McIlroy, looking in the woods for a wayward shot, has had just one top-10 finish in 2013

Back in form McIlroy hits his second shot on the 14th in the first round of the Valero Texas Open today

Back in form McIlroy hits his second shot on the 14th in the first round of the Valero Texas Open today

But with caddie JP Fitzgerald advising him that he needed more competitive rounds under his belt, McIlroy travelled to San Antonio and carded an opening level-par 72 to lie five shots behind Matt Bettencourt, who carded a 67 to overtake long-time clubhouse leaders Padraig Harrington and Billy Horschel.

Starting from the 10th on the difficult Oaks Course – the fourth most difficult on the PGA Tour last year – McIlroy opened with four pars before picking up a birdie on the par-five 14th and another on the short par-four 17th.

However, a bogey on the 18th after finding the water was the first of three in succession which dropped him back to one over par, not what the world No 2 was looking for after speaking of the need to cut out 'silly mistakes' in his rounds.

The 23-year-old stopped the rot with pars at the third and fourth and then birdied the next two holes after pitching to five feet each time, but carded his fourth bogey of the day on the ninth.

Comeback: McIlroy, chipping onto the 18th green, took part in the Texas Open in a bid to reverse his poor form

Comeback: McIlroy, chipping onto the 18th green, took part in the Texas Open in a bid to reverse his poor form

THE FULL LEADERBOARD

The PGA Tour is back in San Antonio this week for the Texas Open, where Rory McIlroy will be hoping to fine-tune his game ahead of the Masters.

Ben Curtis took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

Three-time major winner Harrington had
also bogeyed his final hole, the 18th; the only blemish on his card
caused by three putts from 35ft.

The 41-year-old won the Open Championship in 2007, successfully defended
it the following year and then won the US PGA Championship a few weeks
later, but has not tasted victory on one of the major tours since – his
last win came on the Asian Tour in 2010.

Harrington admitted he had enjoyed his fair share of good luck in cold
and blustery conditions, with his only bogey caused by three-putting the
18th.

'It was cold and that really does affect the ball,' the Dubliner told
reporters. 'I didn't have a great ball-striking round but my misses were
either in the right places or I got slightly fortunate and then got up
and down.

'I'm not walking away from this round thinking “wow, I hit a number of
pure golf shots”, or anything like that. It was more mental fortitude
than ball striking.

Right alongside: McIlroy's playing partner, 19-year-old Jordan Spieth, went round in one under par

Right alongside: McIlroy's playing partner, 19-year-old Jordan Spieth, went round in one under par

'This morning, early on, it was a battle of survival. Last week back in
Ireland it was snowing and I didn't feel this cold. There was a feeling
of “let's just hang in there and stay in the tournament”. Sometimes that
lets you play a little bit more within yourself.'

Anyone winning this week will have to defy the odds if they want to also claim a Green Jacket at the Masters, however.

Only two players have won the week prior to the Masters and then gone on
to win in Augusta; Sandy Lyle in the Greater Greensboro Open in 1988
and Phil Mickelson in the BellSouth Classic in 2006.

Getting to grips: McIlroy, teeing off at the second hole today, needed to get used to his new Nike equipment

Getting to grips: McIlroy, teeing off at the second hole today, needed to get used to his new Nike equipment

Bernard Hopkins wins the IBF light-heavyweight title against Tavoris Cloud

Record-breaking Hopkins defies odds to win world title at age of 48

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

10:19 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:53 GMT, 10 March 2013

Bernard Hopkins broke his own record again by becoming the oldest man to win a world title after beating Tavoris Cloud on points to claim the IBF light-heavyweight crown.

Hopkins (53-6-2, 32KO wins) benefited when Cloud was cut over his left eye in the sixth round, which the referee ruled an accidental clash of heads but replays showed the gnarled veteran opening up the wound with a left hook.

Record: Bernard Hopkins (left) connects with a punch on Tavoris Cloud during their IBF light heavyweight fight

Record: Bernard Hopkins (left) connects with a punch on Tavoris Cloud during their IBF light heavyweight fight

Fighting spirit: Bernard Hopkins poses for a photo after claiming the title at the grand old age of 48

Fighting spirit: Bernard Hopkins poses for a photo after claiming the title at the grand old age of 48

The 48-year-old, who has been linked
with a bout against Wales' Nathan Cleverly, took control against his
fellow American thereafter and was victorious by scores of 117-111,
116-112, 116-112 to the delight of fans in the Barclays Center, New
York.

The former undisputed middleweight champion first became the oldest boxer to hold a portion of the world title when he defeated Canada's Jean Pascal for the WBC light-heavyweight championship in May 2011.

Back-foot: Hopkins (left) tries to fend off a punch from Tavoris Cloud during the first round with the

Back-foot: Hopkins (left) tries to fend off a punch from Tavoris Cloud during the first round with the

Endurance: An exchange of blows between Cloud (left) and an upright Hopkins

Endurance: An exchange of blows between Cloud (left) and an upright Hopkins

He was comfortably beaten by Chad Dawson
in April last year – leading many to speculate his retirement – but his
latest victory has once more galvanised his career.

Bobbing and weaving: Cloud (right) tries to avoid another big swing from Hopkins

Bobbing and weaving: Cloud (right) tries to avoid another big swing from Hopkins

Conversing: Hopkins (right) and Cloud give each other their opinions just after the enthralling fight

Conversing: Hopkins (right) and Cloud give each other their opinions just after the enthralling fight

Loving life: The legendary boxing promoter Don King watching on with glee at the result

Loving life: The legendary boxing promoter Don King watching on with glee at the result

London Welsh face charges over fielding of ineligible player

London Welsh face charges over fielding of ineligible player

By
Andrew Baldock, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

17:51 GMT, 26 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:08 GMT, 26 February 2013

London Welsh are to face a Rugby Football Union competitions hearing after being charged with fielding an ineligible player in 'a number' of Aviva Premiership games this season.

The RFU has announced that the hearing will take place on March 5 in London. The issue relates to the registration of scrum-half Tyson Keats.

The governing body also said that London Welsh's former rugby manager Mike Scott is the subject of a separate RFU disciplinary hearing relating to the registration of the same player.

In the dock: Keats' inclusion has landed Welsh in hot water

In the dock: Keats' inclusion has landed Welsh in hot water

Scott has been charged under RFU Rule 5.12 for 'conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the Game' Scott's case will be heard at a later date.

London Welsh, Premiership newcomers this season, are currently three points above bottom club Sale Sharks with six league games remaining.

Should the Keats matter go against them, they could be facing a considerable points deduction and probable fine.

Sportsmail understands that Keats was ineligible for nine Premiership games that he appeared in this season. The news will be a hammer-blow to the club, who were promoted via last season's Championship play-offs.

In a statement, the RFU said: 'London Welsh are to appear at an RFU competitions hearing charged with fielding an ineligible player in a number of Aviva Premiership matches this season.

Not guilty: Keats isn't to blame for his club's predicament

Not guilty: Keats isn't to blame for his club's predicament

'The case relating to the registration of scrum-half Tyson Keats will be heard on Tuesday, March 5, by a panel of Jeremy Summers (chairman), Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty and Dr Julian Morris at the offices of Slater & Gordon, Chancery Lane, London.

'The club's former rugby manager Mike Scott is the subject of a separate RFU disciplinary hearing relating to the registration of the same player, and has been charged under RFU Rule 5.12 for 'conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the Game'.

'That case will be heard at a later date.'

London Welsh said tonight that they brought the matter to the RFU's attention after conducting an internal investigation earlier this month.

The club also said they wanted to stress than no fault in the matter resides with Keats.

London Welsh chief executive Tony Copsey said: 'This is obviously a serious matter which the club has not only brought to the attention of the RFU, but is also working closely with the RFU to provide full co-operation while the case is being prepared and ultimately heard next week.

'Due to the sensitive nature and the impending hearing, the club is unable to make any further comment at this time.'

Cardiff 0 Brighton 2 match report: Bluebirds left red-faced byTomasz Kuszczak as Andrea Orlandi and Leonardo Ulloa seal win

Cardiff 0 Brighton 2: Bluebirds left red-faced by Kuszczak as Orlandi and Ulloa seal win

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

21:54 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

23:31 GMT, 19 February 2013

Tomasz Kuszczak produced an inspired performance to give Cardiff’s Far East owners a compelling argument that red is perhaps not such a lucky colour after all.

The Brighton goalkeeper pulled off a string of brilliant saves on the night thousands of free red scarves were handed to home fans to dissuade them from wearing blue.

Spanish rose: Andrea Orlandi is congratulated by team-mates for his opener

Spanish rose: Andrea Orlandi is congratulated by team-mates for his opener

Match facts

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Noone (Conway 53), Whittingham, Smith, Gunnarsson, Bellamy, Campbell (Helguson 84). Subs not used: Lewis, McNaughton, Cowie, Kim, Mason.

Booked: Hudson.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, El-Abd, Upson, Bridge, Buckley (Forster-Caskey 90), Hammond (Calderon 75), David Lopez, Bridcutt, Orlandi (Dicker 70), Ulloa. Subs not used: Ankergren, Vicente, LuaLua, Barker.

Booked: El-Abd, Bridcutt, Saltor.

Goals: Orlandi 43, Ulloa 90.

Attendance: 23,782.

Referee: Keith Stroud.

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Kuszczak’s clean sheet ensured
counter-attack goals from ex-Swansea winger Andrea Orlandi and Leonardo
Ulloa gave the visitors a somewhat fortunate victory that condemned the
hosts to a first defeat in 10 Championship games.

Malky Mackay’s side went into last
night’s game eight points clear with Premier League promotion firmly in
their sights but by the end the lead was cut to five.

The manager, whose 41st birthday was spoilt by defeat, promised jitters would not creep in.

‘We’ll just make sure we stay
steady,’ he said. ‘I thought we were excellent. We had 22 attempts on
target, which is quite incredible. It was one of those nights where the
goal led a charmed life.’

Gus Poyet was unable to express his
pleasure at closing the gap to the play-off paces to two points because
of a sore throat but first team coach Charlie Oatway stepped in to
praise the former Manchester United No 1.

‘Tomas did very well,’ he said. ‘I
think he’s one of the best keepers outside the Premier League, probably
should be plying his trade still in it.’

Code red: Craig Bellamy speeds past Brighton's Will Buckley but it was in vain

Code red: Craig Bellamy speeds past Brighton's Will Buckley but it was in vain

Cardiff’s Fraizer Campbell clipped
the bar after three minutes and Craig Noone had a shot held well by
Kuszczak. On 20 minutes the Poland international clawed away a curler
from Peter Whittingham, then deflected Craig Bellamy’s shot on to the
woodwork.

David Marshall pulled off a stunning
save of his own to deny Ulloa but the Cardiff goalkeeper could do
nothing to stop Brighton stealing ahead two minutes before the interval.
David Lopez slid a cross to the feet of Orlandi, who scored with the
outside of his left boot.

After the break Cardiff pushed again.
Bellamy howled for a penalty after being shoved by Adam El-Abd as he
sprinted into the area but referee Keith Stroud only awarded a
free-kick.

Kuszczak then tipped over substitute
Craig Conway’s ferocious drive. With five minutes remaining Aron
Gunnarsson glanced wide at the far post from six yards.

Then in the fifth minute of added time, Lopez found Ulloa and the striker slotted in with the aid of a deflection.

UEFA overturn Steven Caulker"s two-game ban but uphold Tom Ince"s one-match suspension after England Under 21 match in Serbia

UEFA overturn Caulker suspension but UPHOLD Ince ban for scuffles in Serbia despite Young Lions suffering racist abuse

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

20:20 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

23:14 GMT, 15 February 2013

Steven Caulker is free to play at Euro 2013 after UEFA overturned the two-game ban he was given in the wake of England Under 21s' controversial game in Serbia.

But there were mixed feelings for head coach Stuart Pearce, as Tom Ince's one-match suspension was upheld following a lengthy disciplinary hearing at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon.

The hearing stemmed from UEFA president Michel Platini appealing against the severity of the punishment that Serbia were given after their fans racially abused several of England's black players during a Euro 2013 play-off in Krusevac last October.

Appeal: Tom Ince (left) and Steven Caulker (right) could have their bans increased

Appeal: Tom Ince (left) and Steven Caulker (right) could have their bans increased

Appeal: Tom Ince's one-game ban was upheld (left) but Steven Caulker's two-game ban was overturned (right)

Serbia survived the threat of expulsion from the 2015 European Under 21 Championship but they will have to play two qualifiers behind closed doors, rather than the one match they were initially ordered to, and the fine of
65,900 administered before Christmas was unaltered.

Pearce said: 'We respect UEFA's
decision and we move on. We welcome the verdict on Steven Caulker's
suspension and choose to accept the verdict with regards to Tom Ince.
Both players should be proud of the way represented themselves to UEFA.'

Europe's governing body had the
capacity to increase the lengths of bans Caulker and Ince were going to
serve had they deemed the appeals to be frivolous.

They were looking to impose a
three-match ban on Tottenham defender Caulker, a two-game suspension for
Ince and hit the Football Association with a 50,000 fine for failing
to control their players.

Sickening: Caulker is led away by Pearce after the incidents, which saw Serbia fined for racist abuse

Sickening: Caulker is led away by Pearce after the incidents, which saw Serbia fined for racist abuse

Shocking: Serbia assistant coach Dejan Govedarica tries to keep players apart in the fiery clash

Shocking: Serbia assistant coach Dejan Govedarica tries to keep players apart in the fiery clash

Fury: Marvin Sordell reacts to the violent scenes, which left the FA bewildered by England player sanctions

Fury: Marvin Sordell reacts to the violent scenes, which left the FA bewildered by England player sanctions

However, Caulker, Ince and Pearce all
conveyed the extreme circumstances that England faced at the end of a
game they won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Connor Wickham.

As a result, there was no fine for
the FA and while Ince, who is understood to be disappointed, will sit
out the game against Italy on June 5, Caulker is free to play in the
tournament.

His only punishment for his
involvement in the melee that erupted after Wickham's last-minute
goal is one day's community service.

The post-match brawl began after
England defender Danny Rose complained of monkey chants whenever he
touched the ball. He was sent off after the final whistle for after
kicking a ball into the stands, gesturing to the crowd as he walked off
the pitch.

Darts: Scott Waites and Tony O"Shea reach world final

Ruthless Waites thrashes George to reach world final as O'Shea battles to beat Harms

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

16:31 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

01:28 GMT, 13 January 2013

Richie George saw his World Championship dream torn apart by Scott Waites on Saturday.

Waites completely dominated their semi-final clash at the Lakeside in Frimley Green, winning 6-1 to reach his first final

Richie is the son of the popular Bobby, a former world finalist and now BBC pundit.

In Sunday's final Waites will meet Tony O'Shea, who battled to a 6-4 win over Wesley Harms.

Pure delight: Scott Waites celebrates his victory over George

Pure delight: Scott Waites celebrates his victory over George

WOMEN'S FINAL

Russia's Anastasia Dobromyslova won her third women's world title, beating England's Lisa Ashton 2-1 in the final.

Third seed Waites won the first 12
legs of the match to open up a 4-0 lead, with George missing a host of
doubles. When Waites won the fifth set as well, a humiliating whitewash
looked on the cards for George.

The youngster held his nerve to pull
one set back however, before Waites duly completed his win in front of
another full house in Surrey.

Not this time: Richie George throws during his semi-final match

Not this time: Richie George throws during his semi-final match

'You have to bully your opponent and that's exactly what I did,' said Waites afterwards.

'I was happy with the way the game went. I hit doubles early on – that put pressure on Richie.'

George said: 'I couldn't be happier. I had my chances and didn't take them, but Scott played brilliantly. It wasn't meant to be for me.'

Silver service: Tony O'Shea is into the final

Silver service: Tony O'Shea is into the final

Darts: Scott Waites thrashes Richie George to reach world final

Ruthless Waites thrashes George to reach world final

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

16:31 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:46 GMT, 12 January 2013

Richie George saw his World Championship dream torn apart by Scott Waites on Saturday.

Waites completely dominated their semi-final clash at the Lakeside in Frimley Green, winning 6-1 to reach his first final

Richie is the son of the popular Bobby, a former world finalist and now BBC pundit.

Pure delight: Scott Waites celebrates his victory over George

Pure delight: Scott Waites celebrates his victory over George

Third seed Waites won the first 12
legs of the match to open up a 4-0 lead, with George missing a host of
doubles. When Waites won the fifth set as well, a humiliating whitewash
looked on the cards for George.

The youngster held his nerve to pull
one set back however, before Waites duly completed his win in front of
another full house in Surrey.

'You have to bully your opponent and that's exactly what I did,' said Waites afterwards.

'I was happy with the way the game went. I hit doubles early on – that put pressure on Richie.'

Not this time: Richie George throws during his semi-final match

Not this time: Richie George throws during his semi-final match

George said: 'I couldn't be happier. I had my chances and didn't take them, but Scott played brilliantly. It wasn't meant to be for me.'

Waites will now try to go one step further and win the famous old trophy in Sunday's final.