William Borland hits gorgeous nine-dart end within the deciding leg on his World Championship debut after Ally Pally crowd revved him up by singing ‘Scotland get battered in all places they go’ chant
- William Borland and Bradley Brooks have been locked at 2-2 in each units and legs
- Scottish participant, on his debut, produced sensational nine-dart end to win it
- Borland, 25, danced round in delight on the stage after reaching the feat
- He is the primary participant to win a deciding leg with a nine-darter on TV in PDC historical past
- ‘Big Willie’ stated he was motivated by Ally Pally crowd mocking his residence nation
Scotland’s William Borland hit a sensational nine-dart end within the deciding leg of his first spherical match on the William Hill World Championship.
His match in opposition to Bradley Brooks was locked at 2-2 in each units and legs when Borland pulled off the exceptional present of talent and nerve.
As Borland struck 180 together with his first three darts, there have been boos from the raucous Alexandra Palace crowd very a lot behind his English opponent.
William Borland celebrates after hitting a nine-dart end to win his first spherical match
Scottish participant Borland settled an epic with England’s Bradley Brooks with the sensible end
But these jeers quickly turned to cheers as Borland, 25, took out two extra treble 20s and an ideal protecting treble 19.
And the Ally Pally erupted when Borland hit two extra treble 20s and a double 12 end on what was his World Championship debut.
Borland, from East Calder in West Lothian, danced round in delight on the stage as he turned the primary participant to win a televised match with a nine-dart end in Professional Darts Corporation historical past.
‘It’s the best night time of my life. It’s unbelievable, I’m simply loving it,’ Borland, whose nickname is ‘Big Willie’, stated.
‘Everyone was singing ‘Scotland get battered in all places they go’ and that simply sort of acquired me going.
Borland after hitting 177 together with his penultimate set of three darts to tee up the nine-dart end
‘Bradley performed a superb sport, we each struggled at occasions and I really feel I simply did the correct factor on the proper time to recover from the road.
‘It’s particular to hit a 9 anyplace, however to do it on the most important stage of all is simply one thing else.’
Borland’s is the eleventh nine-darter on the PDC World Darts Championship and he joins some illustrious firm with Raymond van Barneveld (twice), Adrian Lewis (twice), Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and James Wade additionally going it within the large occasion.
It was the primary on the Ally Pally since Anderson accomplished the feat in his semi-final win in opposition to Jelle Klaasen in 2016.
Paul Lim was the primary participant to obtain a nine-dart end on the most important stage in 1990 on the BDO World Championship.
Borland and Brooks bump fists after their epic contest was settled in spectacular trend
The Singapore veteran, who made his World Championship debut in 1982, was denied a spot within the second spherical of this yr’s match after being edged out 3-2 by Joe Murnan.
But 67-year-old Lim pushed his opponent all the way in which, taking the match to a deciding set after Murnan had missed match darts within the fourth.
Second seed Peter Wright, world champion in 2020, was not at his greatest however nonetheless proved to good for fellow Englishman Ryan Meikle, who he defeated 3-0 to attain the third spherical.
Kent’s Ross Smith booked his place within the second spherical with a snug 3-0 win in opposition to Canada’s Jeff Smith.
Peter Wright, in festive apparel, made it by means of to the second spherical with a win over Ryan Meikle
Earlier on Friday, Poland’s twelfth seed Krzysztof Ratajski turned the primary seeded participant to be knocked out after dropping 3-1 to Irishman Steve Lennon in a second-round conflict.
Russia’s Boris Koltsov produced dazzling 121 and 130 checkouts as he whitewashed Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena 3-0 to attain the second spherical for the primary time.
Irish teenager Keane Barry marked his match debut by edging previous first-round opponent Royden Lam 3-2 and Newcastle’s Ryan Joyce clinched a deciding leg after letting slip a two-set lead to beat Czech Roman Benecky by the identical rating.