William Borland ends the crucial leg with a nine-dart finish at the World Cup – Post World

Scotsman William Borland scored a 3-2 first-round win against Bradley Brooks at the William Hill World Championship with a brilliant nine-dart finish.

With 2-2 in the decisive set, Borland from East Calder achieved his perfection on his second visit with three triple 20s, followed by two more and triple 19s.

The 25-year-old then hit two more Treble 20s and finished double 12 to rave the Alexandra Palace crowd on his World Cup debut.

Blackburn’s 21-year-old Brooks had hit back in the playoff 2-0 after reeling off three legs in a row to win the fourth set and extend the match.

Borland’s performance was the eleventh nine-darter finish at the World Cup and the first since Gary Anderson in his semi-final win over Jelle Klaasen in 2016.

Paul Lim was the first player to score a 9-darts finish on the largest stage at the 1990 BDO World Championship.

The Singapore veteran, who made his World Cup debut in 1982, was denied after beating Joe Murnan 3-2 in the second round of this year’s tournament.

But 67-year-old Lim pushed his opponent to the limit and brought the match to a crucial set after Murnan missed darts in the fourth match.

Runner-up Peter Wright, 2020 world champion, was not at his best but still turned out to be too good for his compatriot Ryan Meikle, whom he defeated 3-0 to reach the third round.

Kent’s Ross Smith secured his second-round spot with a comfortable 3-0 win over Canadian Jeff Smith.

On the previous Friday, Poland’s twelfth seeded Krzysztof Ratajski was the first seeded player to be eliminated in the second round after a 3-1 loss to Irishman Steve Lennon.

Russian Boris Koltsov produced dazzling 121 and 130 checkouts as he glossed over Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena 3-0 and reached the second round for the first time.

Irish teen Keane Barry made his tournament debut by beating first-round opponents Royden Lam 3-2 and Newcastle’s Ryan Joyce took a crucial leg after losing a two-set lead to the Czech Defeating Roman Benecky with the same result.


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