For the tenth time in her illustrious darts career, Trina Gulliver MBE was crowned the BDO World Champion after a tense 3-2 victory over Deta Hedman at Frimley Green last week. Despite trailing 1-0 and 2-1 at different points in the match, Gulliver showed plenty of courage and resilience to fight back and snatch the win against Hedman, who has now lost in three finals since 2012.
Gulliver wasn’t exactly at her blistering best but she did step up to the plate when it mattered the most. Hedman threatened to produce a shock upset early on as she broke Gulliver’s throw to snatch the opening set of the match but, as all true champions do, the 46-year-old fought back to level up the match with an impressive 133 checkout. Bookies believed it would be a close, testing encounter and that is exactly what happened – in fact, the 133 checkout was probably the best bit of quality throughout the game.
Being completely honest, this match could have gone either way and the pendulum swung back in Hedman’s favour midway through the third set. The challenger moved to within one set of victory as she again threatened to shock the darts world but Gulliver’s experience and knowledge showed as she remained calm to take control of the fourth set. Even watching on the television, it was clear that the momentum had shifted in her favour.
From there, she never looked like losing and piled the pressure on Hedman. As the match began to get away from her, she snatched at a few darts and suddenly, the “Golden Girl” Gulliver was presented with an opportunity to win the match. With £12,000 on the line, she made no mistake and won her tenth world title – her first since winning at the Lakeside in 2011. For more darts news and information, or for odds and tips on upcoming tournaments, visit the official Bookies website.
While it would be unfair to suggest that it was an underwhelming final, it certainly wasn’t the contest that many had hoped for. Lisa Ashton, the number one player in the world, crashed out of the competition at the hands of Gulliver before the quarter-final stage. Unfortunately, that was how the draw panned out but darts supporters will be treated to plenty more Ashton-Gulliver classics in the near future.