William Borland hails ‘best night of my life’ after landing nine-darter on World Championship debut | Darts News

William Borland becomes the first player to secure nine-darts victory in a televised PDC tournament; Ally Pally’s rookie will meet 15th seed Ryan Searle for a spot in the third round on Wednesday

Last updated: 18/12/21 9:16

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William Borland beat Bradley Brooks in the first round of the World Darts Championship with a nine darts!

William Borland beat Bradley Brooks in the first round of the World Darts Championship with a nine darts!

William Borland hailed “the best night of my life” after scoring a sensational nine darts finish to secure a thrilling win over Bradley Brooks in his Alexandra Palace debut on Friday.

The 25-year-old put on an explosive spectacle to beat former youth world champion Brooks in a captivating decisive match on the last leg, but saved the best to the last.

Brooks had reacted from 2-0 adrift in the final set to force a sudden death leg, but Borland sealed the deal in a fairytale fashion, following 180 and 177 visits with an inspired checkout of 144 to complete the nine-darter. .

This sparked scenes of celebration jubilation from the Scotsman, who became the first player to clinch victory with a nine darts in a televised PDC event.

Borland expressed his thoughts after winning 3-2 with nine darts against Brooks

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Borland expressed his thoughts after winning 3-2 with nine darts against Brooks

Borland expressed his thoughts after winning 3-2 with nine darts against Brooks

Borland is the ninth different player to achieve perfection at the PDC World Championship, with Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis boasting two nine darts each in the sport’s highlight.

“Honestly, this is going to be the best night of my life,” said a shocked Borland Sky Sports.

“I just wanted to win the stage because Bradley had done well to get back there, and I was a little nervous.

“I was on it [the nine-darter] against Joe Cullen in Salzburg and I was like, “don’t do what you did last time”, and then he walked in.

“To hit the nine-darter it was just amazing. I love it!”

It was a fitting way to cap a hilarious relationship between two of the sport’s most exciting talents.

Brooks had taken first blood with a stunning 112.73 average in the opening set, but Borland roared back to win the next two, before converting a glittering 148 finish to take the lead in the fourth set.

‘Bam Bam’ responded with a majestic 134 skin saver followed by a 98 kill to force a fifth and final set, but Borland was not put off, summoning a magical 130 on the target to once again get closer to victory.

Brooks refused to give in and pulled his legs back to force a decisive decision, but the 21-year-old was rendered helpless when Borland delivered one of the most iconic moments in World Championship history.

Borland's heroism was also enough to make sure he keeps his PDC Tour Card

Borland’s heroism was also enough to make sure he keeps his PDC Tour Card

“It’s good to be here. Obviously I’ve played in a couple of televised events before. I’ve played some good darts and I’m happy to hit the nine darts too,” added the East Caulder man.

“It is a privilege to hit a nine darts anywhere, and to hit it on the biggest stage of all is just unbelievable.”

Borland underlined his credentials with victory over Simon Whitlock at the October European Championship, and also boasts Pro Tour wins over Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson on his growing résumé.

The rookie is now assured of retaining his PDC Tour Card and will face second-placed player’s championship finals Ryan Searle on Wednesday in a fascinating second-round showdown.

Borland also conjured up a magical checkout 148 en route to victory over the former youth world champion

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Borland also conjured up a magical checkout 148 en route to victory over the former youth world champion

Borland also conjured up a magical checkout 148 en route to victory over the former youth world champion

“That was a little grumpy of me, and then Bradley had a bad pair of legs and I was just thinking to myself, ‘go on, go on, I’m scoring well, let’s see what happens.’

“Bradley played a fantastic game there. We both struggled at times and I feel I did the right things at the right time to cross the line.

“So, it’s Wednesday against Ryan Searle and I can’t wait.”

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