BDO World Darts Championship

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BDO World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Venue Indigo at The O2, London (2020–)
Lakeside, Frimley Green (1986–2019)
Jollees, Stoke-on-Trent (1979–1985)
Heart of the Midlands, Nottingham (1978)
Country England
Established1978 (41st edition)
Organisation(s) BDO category Major / WDF category Major
Format Sets
Prize fund £339,000 (2018)
Month(s) PlayedJanuary
Current champion(s)
Flag of England.svg Glen Durrant (men's)
Flag of Japan.svg Mikuru Suzuki (women's)
Flag of England.svg Leighton Bennett (youth)

The BDO World Darts Championship is a world championship competition in darts, organised by the British Darts Organisation (BDO). It began in 1978, and was, alongside the World Darts Federation's World Cup of Darts, one of two world championship tournaments until 1993. Since 1994, following a dispute with the BDO and the subsequent fallout, a breakaway group (originally known as the World Darts Council, and now known as the Professional Darts Corporation) stages its own annual PDC World Championship, generally before the BDO version in late December and early January of each year.

Darts throwing game

Darts is a sport in which small missiles are thrown at a circular target ("dartboard") fixed to a wall. Though various boards and rules have been used in the past, the term "darts" usually now refers to a standardised game involving a specific board design and set of rules. As well as being a professional competitive game, darts is a traditional pub game, commonly played in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, across the Commonwealth, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the Scandinavian countries, the United States, Australia and elsewhere.

British Darts Organisation

The British Darts Organisation (BDO) is a darts organisation founded on 7 January 1973 by Olly Croft. The BDO is a founder member of the World Darts Federation which was formed in 1976. The BDO is made up of 66 member counties in Britain and organises tournaments for professionals and amateurs.

The 1978 Embassy World Darts Championship was the first World Darts Championships. The tournament was organised by the British Darts Organisation who had already set up the WDF World Cup and Winmau World Masters in its five years since formation. This was the only year that the tournament was played in a matchplay format of legs, rather than sets which came into operation from 1979 onwards. BBC Television covered the event and began a long broadcasting partnership with the BDO. Sid Waddell was the lead commentator on the tournament which he would cover for the BBC until 1994.

Contents

The BDO version was first held at the Heart of the Midlands Nightclub in the English city of Nottingham. The following year it moved to the Jollees Cabaret Club, Stoke, where it stayed until 1985. From 1986 to 2019, it was held at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey. Beginning in 2020, the tournament will be held at Indigo, part of the O2 entertainment district. [1]

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

Nottingham City and unitary authority area in England

Nottingham is a city and unitary authority area in Nottinghamshire, England, 128 miles (206 km) north of London, 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Birmingham and 56 miles (90 km) southeast of Manchester, in the East Midlands.

Jollees was a live music and cabaret venue in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom. The venue was re-established nearby in March 2016, in West End near to Stoke town centre, after having closed in 1992. The original venue was opened in October 1973 and was the largest capacity cabaret venue in the UK in the 1970s. It also hosted the World Professional Darts Championship from 1979 to 1985.

Highlights

In 1983, a 23-year-old qualifier from Ipswich, Keith Deller, beat the world's top 3 players including Eric Bristow in a memorable final to produce one of the greatest upsets in the sport's history.

The 1983 Embassy World Darts Championship was staged at Jollees Cabaret Club in Stoke-on-Trent from 1–8 January 1983.

Ipswich Town and Borough in England

Ipswich is a historic county town in Suffolk, England, located in East Anglia about 66 miles (106 km) north east of London. The town has been continuously occupied since the Saxon period, and its port has been one of England's most important for the whole of its history. The modern name is derived from the medieval name Gippeswic, likely taken either from an Old Saxon personal name or from an earlier name of the Orwell estuary. It has also been known as Gyppewicus and Yppswyche.

Keith Kelvin Deller is an English retired professional darts player, who won the Embassy World Professional Darts Championship in 1983 and Unipart British Professional Championship in 1987. He was the first qualifier ever to win the championship and remains one of the youngest champions in history. For his world championship win, Deller used 18-gram spring-loaded darts, later banned for tournament play but now legal again. He no longer uses these darts.

In 1990 American player Paul Lim hit the tournament's only ever perfect 9-dart finish in the second round against Irishman Jack McKenna to win a bonus of £52,000 which was more than the eventual champion Phil Taylor received.

The 1990 Embassy World Darts Championship was held at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey from 5–13 January 1990. It saw Phil Taylor win the first of sixteen world titles, beating his mentor Eric Bristow 6-1 in sets in the final, with Taylor playing in his first ever World Championship at the age of 29. Taylor beat Russell Stewart, Dennis Hickling, Ronnie Sharp and Cliff Lazarenko en route to the final. Defending champion Jocky Wilson fell at the quarter-final stage, losing to Mike Gregory. The event also saw America's Paul Lim hit the first nine-dart finish at the World Championship in his second round match with Ireland's Jack McKenna, receiving £52,000 for his efforts. It remains to date the only nine-dart finish in the BDO World Championship.

Paul Lim Leong Hwa known simply as Paul Lim is a Singaporean professional darts player. He was the first player to hit a perfect 9-dart finish during the Embassy World Darts Championship, which he achieved in 1990 during his second round match against Jack McKenna. Lim won £52,000 for his 9-darter, which was £28,000 more than Phil Taylor won for winning the tournament. John Lowe achieved the first 9-dart finish on television in a match against Keith Deller at the 1984 World Matchplay, for which Lowe won £102,000. Lim's 9-darter remained the only 9-dart game to have been achieved in either version of the world championships, until Raymond van Barneveld hit one against Jelle Klaasen in the quarter-final of the 2009 PDC World Darts Championship. To date, it remains the only 9-dart finish ever achieved at the BDO World Darts Championship.

Johnny "Jack" McKenna is a professional Irish retired darts player. who played in British Darts Organisation and Professional Darts Corporation tournaments.

The finals of 1992, 1998 and 1999 all went into a deciding set play off, having reached 5 sets all and 2 legs all. In 1992, Phil Taylor defeated Mike Gregory in a sudden death leg, having reached 5 legs apiece. In 1998 Raymond van Barneveld beat Richie Burnett 4–2 in legs in the deciding set. Van Barneveld then repeated the same final set scoreline the following year against Ronnie Baxter.

The 1992 Embassy World Darts Championship was held from 3–11 January 1992 at the Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey.

The 1998 Embassy World Professional Darts Championship was held from 3–11 January 1998 at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey.

The 1999 Embassy World Professional Darts Championship was held from 2–10 January 1999 at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey.

Similarly, the final of 2007 was nailbiting. Martin Adams was 6 sets up, and after the comfort break, Phill Nixon responded by winning the next 6 consecutive sets. Adams held on to take victory in the 13th and deciding set, to win the title that had eluded him for 14 years.

The 2007 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship was the 30th World Championship organised by the British Darts Organisation (BDO), and the 22nd to be held at the Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey. It ran from 6–14 January 2007.

Martin Adams English darts player

Martin Adams is an English professional darts player. Nicknamed Wolfie, he is a three-time BDO World Champion and three-time World Masters champion. He represents Cambridgeshire at county darts level and was the captain of England from 1993/94 to 2013, the longest any player has held that role. Adams was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2016. He had the all clear near the end of 2016. He also acts as a regular commentator for televised BDO coverage.

Phill Nixon English darts player

Phillip "Phill" Nixon was an English darts player from Ferryhill, County Durham. He was the runner up in the 2007 BDO World Darts Championship in his first appearance.

In 2019, Glen Durrant became the second player to win three consecutive BDO Men's World Championhips after Eric Bristow between 1984 and 1986, while Mikuru Suzuki became the first Asian world darts champion in any form.

Final results and statistics

YearChampionAv.ScoreRunner-UpAv.Prize MoneyVenueSponsor
TotalCh.R.-Up
1978 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Leighton Rees 92.4011 – 7 legs Flag of England.svg John Lowe 89.40£10,500£3,000£1,700 HotMC, Nottingham Embassy
1979 Flag of England.svg John Lowe 87.425 – 0 sets Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Leighton Rees 76.62£15,000£4,500£2,000 Jollees,
Stoke-on-Trent
1980 Flag of England.svg Eric Bristow 88.105 – 3 Flag of England.svg Bobby George 86.49£15,000£4,500£2,000
1981 Flag of England.svg Eric Bristow (2)86.105 – 3 Flag of England.svg John Lowe 81.00£23,300£5,500£2,500
1982 Flag of Scotland.svg Jocky Wilson 88.105 – 3 Flag of England.svg John Lowe 84.30£28,000£6,500£3,000
1983 Flag of England.svg Keith Deller 90.006 – 5 Flag of England.svg Eric Bristow 93.90£33,050£8,000£3,500
1984 Flag of England.svg Eric Bristow (3)97.507 – 1 Flag of England.svg Dave Whitcombe 90.60£38,500£9,000£4,000
1985 Flag of England.svg Eric Bristow (4)97.506 – 2 Flag of England.svg John Lowe 93.12£43,000£10,000£5,000
1986 Flag of England.svg Eric Bristow (5)94.476 – 0 Flag of England.svg Dave Whitcombe 90.45£52,500£12,000£6,000 Lakeside Country Club,
Frimley Green, Surrey
1987 Flag of England.svg John Lowe (2)90.636 – 4 Flag of England.svg Eric Bristow 94.29£60,300£14,000£7,000
1988 Flag of England.svg Bob Anderson 92.706 – 4 Flag of England.svg John Lowe 92.07£71,600£16,000£8,000
1989 Flag of Scotland.svg Jocky Wilson (2)94.326 – 4 Flag of England.svg Eric Bristow 90.66£86,900£20,000£10,000
1990 Flag of England.svg Phil Taylor 97.476 – 1 Flag of England.svg Eric Bristow 93.00£153,200 [2] £24,000£12,000
1991 Flag of England.svg Dennis Priestley 92.576 – 0 Flag of England.svg Eric Bristow 84.15£110,500£26,000£13,000
1992 Flag of England.svg Phil Taylor (2)97.586 – 5 Flag of England.svg Mike Gregory 94.42£119,500£28,000£14,000
1993 Flag of England.svg John Lowe (3)83.976 – 3 Flag of England.svg Alan Warriner 82.32£128,500£30,000£15,000
1994 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg John Part 82.446 – 0 Flag of England.svg Bobby George 80.31£136,100£32,000£16,000
1995 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Richie Burnett 93.636 – 3 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 91.23£143,000£34,000£17,000
1996 Flag of England.svg Steve Beaton 90.276 – 3 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Richie Burnett 88.05£150,000£36,000£18,000
1997 Flag of Scotland.svg Les Wallace 92.196 – 3 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Marshall James 92.01£158,000£38,000£19,000
1998 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 93.966 – 5 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Richie Burnett 97.14£166,000£40,000£20,000
1999 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld (2)94.656 – 5 Flag of England.svg Ronnie Baxter 94.65£174,000£42,000£21,000
2000 Flag of England.svg Ted Hankey 92.406 – 0 Flag of England.svg Ronnie Baxter 88.35£182,000£44,000£22,000
2001 Flag of England.svg John Walton 95.556 – 2 Flag of England.svg Ted Hankey 94.86£189,000£46,000£23,000
2002 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony David 93.576 – 4 Flag of England.svg Mervyn King 89.67£197,000£48,000£24,000
2003 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld (3)94.866 – 3 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ritchie Davies 90.66£205,000£50,000£25,000
2004 Flag of England.svg Andy Fordham 97.086 – 3 Flag of England.svg Mervyn King 91.02£201,000£50,000£25,000Lakeside
Country
Club
2005 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld (4)96.786 – 2 Flag of England.svg Martin Adams 91.35£201,000£50,000£25,000
2006 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jelle Klaasen 90.427 – 5 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 93.06£211,000 [3] £60,000£25,000
2007 Flag of England.svg Martin Adams 90.307 – 6 Flag of England.svg Phill Nixon 87.09£226,000£70,000£30,000
2008 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Webster 92.077 – 5 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Simon Whitlock 93.92£246,000£85,000£30,000
2009 Flag of England.svg Ted Hankey (2)91.467 – 6 Flag of England.svg Tony O'Shea 90.54£256,000£95,000£30,000
2010 Flag of England.svg Martin Adams (2)95.017 – 5 Flag of England.svg Dave Chisnall 93.42£261,000£100,000£30,000
2011 Flag of England.svg Martin Adams (3)92.137 – 5 Flag of England.svg Dean Winstanley 89.08£261,000£100,000£30,000
2012 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Christian Kist 90.007 – 5 Flag of England.svg Tony O'Shea 87.78£258,000£100,000£30,000
2013 Flag of England.svg Scott Waites 86.437 – 1 Flag of England.svg Tony O'Shea 81.90£261,000£100,000£30,000
2014 Flag of England.svg Stephen Bunting 96.187 – 4 Flag of England.svg Alan Norris 92.19£300,000£100,000£35,000
2015 Flag of England.svg Scott Mitchell 92.617 – 6 Flag of England.svg Martin Adams 92.55£300,000£100,000£35,000
2016 Flag of England.svg Scott Waites (2)87.547 – 1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jeff Smith 84.99£300,000£100,000£35,000
2017 Flag of England.svg Glen Durrant 93.487 – 3 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Danny Noppert 93.30£300,000£100,000£35,000
2018 Flag of England.svg Glen Durrant (2)93.977 – 6 Flag of England.svg Mark McGeeney 86.31£300,000£100,000£35,000
2019 Flag of England.svg Glen Durrant (3)95.197 – 3 Flag of England.svg Scott Waites 91.38£300,000£100,000£35,000

Finalists

Player1st2nd
Flag of England.svg Eric Bristow 55
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 42
Flag of England.svg John Lowe 35
Flag of England.svg Martin Adams 32
Flag of England.svg Glen Durrant 30
Flag of England.svg Scott Waites 21
Flag of England.svg Ted Hankey 21
Flag of England.svg Phil Taylor 20
Flag of Scotland.svg Jocky Wilson 20
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Richie Burnett 12
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Leighton Rees 11
Flag of England.svg Stephen Bunting 10
Flag of England.svg Scott Mitchell 10
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Christian Kist 10
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Webster 10
Flag of England.svg Keith Deller 10
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jelle Klaasen 10
Flag of England.svg Andy Fordham 10
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony David 10
Flag of England.svg John Walton 10
Flag of Scotland.svg Les Wallace 10
Flag of England.svg Steve Beaton 10
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg John Part 10
Flag of England.svg Dennis Priestley 10
Flag of England.svg Bob Anderson 10
Flag of England.svg Tony O'Shea 03
Flag of England.svg Ronnie Baxter 02
Flag of England.svg Mervyn King 02
Flag of England.svg Dave Whitcombe 02
Flag of England.svg Bobby George 02
Flag of England.svg Alan Norris 01
Flag of England.svg Dave Chisnall 01
Flag of England.svg Dean Winstanley 01
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ritchie Davies 01
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Simon Whitlock 01
Flag of England.svg Phill Nixon 01
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Marshall James 01
Flag of England.svg Mike Gregory 01
Flag of England.svg Alan Warriner 01
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jeff Smith 01
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Danny Noppert 01
Flag of England.svg Mark McGeeney 01

Nine-dart finishes

PlayerYear (+Round)MethodOpponentResult
Flag of the United States.svg Paul Lim 1990, 2nd Round 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12 Flag of Ireland.svg Jack McKenna 3–2

Averages

Since the breakaway of the PDC players, there has been much debate about the relative merits of the players within each organisation. The debate often focuses on the three-dart averages of players in matches.

Since the BDO Championship started in 1978, there have been 21 occasions where a player has achieved a three-dart average in excess of 100 during a match. Keith Deller was the first player to achieve an average of 100, in the quarter-final of 1985 against John Lowe, although he lost the match. It was not until Phil Taylor's semi-final of 1990 that another player managed a 100 average. Raymond van Barneveld has achieved the feat six times. [4]

Ten highest BDO World Championship one-match averages [5]
AveragePlayerYear (+ Round)OpponentResult
103.83 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 2004, Quarter-Final Flag of England.svg John Walton 5–1
102.63 Flag of England.svg Dennis Priestley 1993, Last 32 Flag of Scotland.svg Jocky Wilson 3–0
101.67 Flag of England.svg Mervyn King 2002, Quarter-Final Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 5–3
101.55 Flag of England.svg Ted Hankey 1998, Last 32 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Wayne Weening 3–0
101.40 Flag of Finland.svg Marko Pusa 2001, Last 16 Flag of England.svg Jez Porter 3–1
101.28 Flag of England.svg Martin Adams 2002, Quarter-Final Flag of England.svg Wayne Jones 5–1
101.10 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 2002, Quarter-Final Flag of England.svg Mervyn King 3–5
100.92 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 2005, Last 16 Flag of Scotland.svg Mike Veitch 3–1
100.92 Flag of England.svg Glen Durrant 2018, Quarter-Final Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Jim Williams 5–4
100.83 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 2002, Last 32 Flag of England.svg Bobby George 3–1
Five highest losing averages
AveragePlayerYear (+ Round)OpponentResult
101.10 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 2002, Quarter-Final Flag of England.svg Mervyn King 3–5
100.29 Flag of England.svg Keith Deller 1985, Quarter-Final Flag of England.svg John Lowe 2–4
99.87 Flag of England.svg Glen Durrant 2015, Semi-Final Flag of England.svg Martin Adams 5–6
99.57 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Karel Sedláček 2015, Last 32 Flag of England.svg Glen Durrant 1–3
99.45 Flag of England.svg Robbie Widdows 1999, Last 32 Flag of England.svg Kevin Painter 0–3
Different players with a 100+ match average - updated 6/5/18
PlayerTotalHighest Av.Year (+ Round)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 6103.832004, Quarter-Final
Flag of England.svg Martin Adams 3101.282002, Quarter-Final
Flag of England.svg Ted Hankey 2101.551998, Last 32
Flag of England.svg Dennis Priestley 1102.631993, Last 32
Flag of England.svg Mervyn King 1101.672002, Quarter-Final
Flag of Finland.svg Marko Pusa 1101.402001, Last 32
Flag of England.svg Glen Durrant 1100.922018, Quarter-Final
Flag of England.svg Phil Taylor 1100.801990, Semi-Final
Flag of England.svg Darryl Fitton 1100.712008, Last 16
Flag of England.svg Stephen Bunting 1100.652014, Last 16
Flag of England.svg John Walton 1100.622001, Last 32
Flag of England.svg Keith Deller 1100.291985, Quarter-Final
Flag of England.svg Chris Mason 1100.022000, Last 32
Five highest tournament averages (min 3 matches)
AveragePlayerYear
100.88 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 2002
97.96 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 2004
97.62 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 2003
97.49 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 2005
97.42 Flag of England.svg Glen Durrant 2015

Women's Championship

The women's World Championship started at Lakeside in 2001 and Trina Gulliver has won ten championships. Her seventh title in 2007 took her overall record at the Lakeside to 20 match wins and having only dropped four sets in the history of the championship – one each in the finals of 2001, 2002 and 2007 and one in the quarter final of 2003. She managed a long run of 13 consecutive matches without dropping a single set, which started the semi-final of 2003 and ended in the final of 2007.

In 2008, Anastasia Dobromyslova won the World Championship, becoming the first player other than Trina Gulliver to take the title. Following her appearance at the Grand Slam of Darts in November 2008, Anastasia Dobromyslova joined the Professional Darts Corporation, hence leaving the BDO and did not defend her title. 2009 saw five-time runner-up Francis Hoenselaar complete the Masters/World Championship double by beating Gulliver 2–1 in the final. 2012 was the first final without Gulliver, who lost in the semi-final to the eventual champion Dobromyslova.

The finals: [6]

YearChampion (average in final)SetsRunner-Up (average in final)Prizepool
2001 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver (83.97)2 – 1 Flag of England.svg Mandy Solomons (79.11)£6,000
2002 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver (84.36)2 – 1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Francis Hoenselaar (82.95)£8,000
2003 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver (84.93)2 – 0 Flag of Scotland.svg Anne Kirk (70.20)£10,000
2004 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver (87.03)2 – 0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Francis Hoenselaar (85.44)£10,000
2005 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver (79.68)2 – 0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Francis Hoenselaar (73.89)£10,000
2006 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver (73.80)2 – 0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Francis Hoenselaar (70.26)£12,000
2007 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver (80.61)2 – 1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Francis Hoenselaar (79.23)£12,000
2008 Flag of Russia.svg Anastasia Dobromyslova (81.54)2 – 0 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver (71.64)£12,000
2009 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Francis Hoenselaar (77.39)2 – 1 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver (75.19)£12,000
2010 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver (80.52)2 – 0 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Rhian Edwards (68.25)£12,000
2011 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver (73.95)2 – 0 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Rhian Edwards (73.86)£16,000
2012 Flag of Russia.svg Anastasia Dobromyslova (73.95)2 – 1 Flag of England.svg Deta Hedman (74.13)£16,000
2013 Flag of Russia.svg Anastasia Dobromyslova (82.29)2 – 1 Flag of England.svg Lisa Ashton (80.40)£16,000
2014 Flag of England.svg Lisa Ashton (84.81)3 – 2 Flag of England.svg Deta Hedman (77.79)£29,000
2015 Flag of England.svg Lisa Ashton (83.22)3 – 1 Flag of England.svg Fallon Sherrock (83.76)£29,000
2016 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver (72.93)3 – 2 Flag of England.svg Deta Hedman (75.51)£29,000
2017 Flag of England.svg Lisa Ashton (81.81)3 – 0 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Corrine Hammond (73.53)£29,000
2018 Flag of England.svg Lisa Ashton (89.80)3 – 1 Flag of Russia.svg Anastasia Dobromyslova (81.83)£29,000
2019 Flag of Japan.svg Mikuru Suzuki (90.12)3 – 0 Flag of England.svg Lorraine Winstanley (78.82)£29,000

Finalists

Player1st2nd
Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver 102
Flag of England.svg Lisa Ashton 41
Flag of Russia.svg Anastasia Dobromyslova 31
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Francis Hoenselaar 15
Flag of Japan.svg Mikuru Suzuki 10
Flag of England.svg Deta Hedman 03
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Rhian Edwards 02
Flag of England.svg Mandy Solomons 01
Flag of Scotland.svg Anne Kirk 01
Flag of England.svg Fallon Sherrock 01
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Corrine Hammond 01
Flag of England.svg Lorraine Winstanley 01

Averages

Ten highest BDO Women's World Championship one-match averages [7]
AveragePlayerYear (+ Round)OpponentResult
95.97 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver 2006, Semi-Final Flag of England.svg Clare Bywaters 2–0
94.92 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver 2001, Semi-Final Flag of England.svg Crissy Manley 2–0
90.24 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver 2004, Semi-Final Flag of the Netherlands.svg Karin Krappen 2–0
90.18 Flag of England.svg Lisa Ashton 2015, Quarter-Final Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver 2–0
90.12 Flag of Japan.svg Mikuru Suzuki 2019, Final Flag of England.svg Lorraine Winstanley 3–0
89.80 Flag of England.svg Lisa Ashton 2018, Final Flag of Russia.svg Anastasia Dobromyslova 3–1
89.67 Flag of England.svg Fallon Sherrock 2019, Last 16 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Corrine Hammond 2–0
87.30 Flag of England.svg Lisa Ashton 2015, Semi-Final Flag of the Netherlands.svg Sharon Prins 2–0
87.06 Flag of England.svg Lisa Ashton 2017, Last 16 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Sharon Prins 2–0
87.03 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver 2004, Final Flag of the Netherlands.svg Francis Hoenselaar 2–0
Five highest losing averages
AveragePlayerYear (+ Round)OpponentResult
86.46 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Rhian Griffiths 2017, Last 16 Flag of Russia.svg Anastasia Dobromyslova 1–2
85.44 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Francis Hoenselaar 2004, Final Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver 0–2
83.76 Flag of England.svg Fallon Sherrock 2015, Final Flag of England.svg Lisa Ashton 1–3
82.95 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Francis Hoenselaar 2002, Final Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver 1–2
82.50 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Karin Krappen 2004, Semi-Final Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver 0–2
Five highest tournament averages (min 2 matches)
AveragePlayerYear
89.45 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver 2001
88.11 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver 2004
85.61 Flag of England.svg Lisa Ashton 2015
85.22 Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver 2006
83.86 Flag of England.svg Lisa Ashton 2017

Youth Championship

YearChampion (average in final)SetsRunner-Up (average in final)
1986 Flag of England.svg Mark Day 3 – 1 Flag of England.svg Lee Woodrow
2015 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Colin Roelofs (76.41)3 – 0 Flag of England.svg Harry Ward (70.68)
2016 Flag of England.svg Joshua Richardson (75.09)3 – 2 Flag of Ireland.svg Jordan Boyce (69.63)
2017 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Justin van Tergouw (88.20)3 – 0 Flag of Scotland.svg Nathan Girvan (74.55)
2018 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Justin van Tergouw (93.04)3 – 1 Flag of Ireland.svg Killian Heffernan (82.29)
2019 Flag of England.svg Leighton Bennett (86.65)3 – 0 Flag of Scotland.svg Nathan Girvan (76.56)

Finalists

Player1st2nd
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Justin van Tergouw 20
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Colin Roelofs 10
Flag of England.svg Joshua Richardson 10
Flag of England.svg Leighton Bennett 10
Flag of England.svg Mark Day 10
Flag of Scotland.svg Nathan Girvan 02
Flag of England.svg Harry Ward 01
Flag of Ireland.svg Jordan Boyce 01
Flag of Ireland.svg Killian Heffernan 01
Flag of England.svg Lee Woodrow 01

Records

Since the split in darts two versions of the world championship have existed since 1994, this record section relates specifically to achievements in the BDO version.

Most titles: Eric Bristow 5. Raymond van Barneveld has won four titles
Most finals: Eric Bristow 10. John Lowe appeared in eight finals and Raymond van Barneveld reached the final six times
Most appearances: Martin Adams 25. John Lowe and Eric Bristow appeared in the first 16 tournaments, but the split in darts prevented them from increasing that total. Adams' appearance at the 2010 tournament surpassed their record.
Youngest champion: Jelle Klaasen 21 years 90 days (2006)
Youngest competitor: Michael van Gerwen 17 years 257 days (2007)
Oldest champion: Martin Adams 54 years 224 days (2011)

Television coverage

BBC Sport

The tournament was broadcast in the UK by BBC Sport on television for nearly 40 years, from its inception in 1978 until the decision was made to drop the coverage after the 2016 tournament. The BBC's coverage has been fronted by David Vine (1978), Peter Purves (1979–1983), Tony Gubba (1984–1990), Eamonn Holmes (1991–1992), Dougie Donnelly (1993–1998), John Inverdale (2000) and Ray Stubbs (1999 and 2001–2009). Twice world finalist Bobby George has been a pundit on the BBC's coverage since 1998. Colin Murray succeeded Stubbs as presenter from 2010–2016, as Stubbs had left the BBC at that time. Murray has been assisted by Rob Walker since the 2009 World Masters. Walker is more well known as the MC for the BBC's snooker coverage.

The commentary team has changed over the years with David Vine (1978), Sid Waddell (1978–1994), 1994 BDO world champion John Part (1995–2007) and David Croft who covered the tournament for 10 years on BBC TV and Radio as previous broadcasters until 2012 when he moved to Sky to cover F1. Tony Green is the longest-serving member of the BBC commentary team covering every event from the first championship in 1978, but missed the event for the first time due to illness in 2011. The replacement for Green in 2011 was BBC Radio 5 Live and Chris Evans' Sports newsreader Vassos Alexander who stayed in the commentary box in every year since and Jim Proudfoot of talkSPORT replaced Croft in 2013. Other commentators in 2014 was John Rawling who commentated on darts for ITV and BBC Radio 5 Live and Scott Mitchell who played in the tournament and commentated on the later stages. Bobby George, Martin Adams, Trina Gulliver, Tony O'Shea and other BDO players also handle commentary duties.

Between 1989 and 2001, the Championship was the only tournament shown on terrestrial television in the UK in some years. The BBC covered the Unipart European Masters in 1995, while ITV covered four WDC UK Matchplay tournaments from 1993–1996 on quadro dart boards, as well as the 'Clash of the Titans' one-off encounter between the two world champions, Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld, in 1999. However it was not until 2005 that viewers were able to see every dart live at the World Championship, when the BBC introduced interactive coverage on its BBC Red Button service. [8] The BBC's contract to cover the tournament ran until 2013, [9] however they have reduced their coverage from the 2012 event and no longer have exclusive coverage in the UK. ESPN now broadcast the evening sessions live, [10] with the BBC still showing the final exclusively live.

On 6 January 2013, it was announced the BBC had signed a 3-year deal to show the Lakeside World Championships from 2014–2016, on 4 December 2013 it was announced the BBC would show the tournament exclusively. This means every dart was shown live on BBC. It was also announced the coverage would still be presented by Colin Murray and Bobby George, which it has been since 2010 despite Colin Murray leaving Match of the Day 2 and BBC Radio 5 Live to move to Talksport. However, in late 2014 it was announced that BT would cover every evening session in the tournament. For 2015 the commentators were John Rawling, Jim Proudfoot, Vassos Alexander, Tony Green and George Riley and for 2016 the commentators were John Rawling, Vassos Alexander, Tony Green and George Riley.

The BBC contract expired after the 2016 final and the BBC opted to drop the tournament, instead covering a new PDC tournament: The Champions League of Darts in September 2016. The rights from 2017 were taken up by Channel 4. [11]

Channel 4

The Channel 4 coverage is presented by Rob Walker, who previously worked for the BBC as a presenter and reporter at the Lakeside from 2010–2016 alongside PDC professional Paul Nicholson and BDO Ladies' player Deta Hedman. Bobby George will present features, therefore is still involved in the coverage which he had fronted on the BBC since 2000. Commentary is provided again from Jim Proudfoot, John Rawling & Vassos Alexander. Proudfoot is returning after missing 2016 because of other commitments, while Tony Green has retired after commentating for the BBC for the BDO tournament from 1978–2016, only missing 2011 because of illness.

ESPN

After being broadcast exclusively on the BBC in the UK for 34 years, ESPN began sharing coverage of the tournament in 2012. Ray Stubbs was confirmed as their host, returning to the Lakeside as a broadcaster, over two years after leaving the BBC. [12] ESPN host Nat Coombs was also part of the presentation team. Both broadcasters used the same commentary team – Tony Green, David Croft and Vassos Alexander for 2012 and Jim Proudfoot replacing Croft for 2013. [12] ESPN broadcast the evening sessions from the opening day until the quarter finals, as well as the second semi-final live. ESPN showed recorded highlights of the final. [12] Following the launch of BT Sport, which acquired all of ESPN's sporting rights, coverage was dropped from ESPN and the entire 2014 Championships was shown exclusively live by the BBC.

BT Sport

In 2014 it was announced that the coverage would be shared between the BBC and BT Sport for the 2015 tournament. BBC will have live coverage of the afternoon sessions, live coverage of the 1st men's semi final and the women's final, while BT Sport will have coverage of every evening session and live coverage of the 2nd men's semi final. Both broadcasters will share coverage of the final. Ray Stubbs will again host the tournament after hosting for the BBC from 2001–2009 and ESPN between 2012–2013, he hosted alongside 2-time champion Ted Hankey who returned to the BDO in 2014 but just missed out on a qualifying spot for Lakeside 2015, while Helen Skelton was roving reporter and both broadcasters shared commentary which was provided by John Rawling, Jim Proudfoot, Vassos Alexander, Tony Green and George Riley. For 2016 Ray Stubbs presented alongside Ted Hankey, Tony O'Shea or Scott Mitchell with commentary by John Rawling, Vassos Alexander, Tony Green and George Riley and roving reporter was Reshmin Chowdhury. After the 2016 the joint BBC / BT Sport deal expired and BBC Sport dropped their coverage instead deciding to cover the PDC Champions League of Darts in September 2016. BT Sport subsequently decided to continue coverage of the tournament, this time in conjunction with Channel 4. They announced in December 2016 that regular presenter for darts on BT Sport, Ray Stubbs, now at Talksport 2, would be replaced by Matt Smith as presenter with 2-time semi finalist Chris Mason acting as their analyst. Similar to the agreement with BBC Sport, they will share commentators. This will be led by John Rawling with Vassos Alexander and Jim Proudfoot also commentating.

Eurosport and Quest

Prior to the 2019 championship, the BDO secured a new 3 year deal with Eurosport with coverage being shown on both the broadcasters main subscription channel and free-to-air on Quest. [13] . As with the previous years the afternoon sessions were shown free to air with Quest simulcasting Eurosport coverage with highlights of the evening sessions also being shown on Quest. Eurosport cover every session with both broadcasters showing the final live. The coverage was presented by Nat Coombs with Georgie Bingham also reporting on the event. Punditry and commentary for the tournament were provided by John Rawling, Chris Mason, Paul Nicholson, Martin Adams and Tony O'Shea.


International coverage

International coverage of the event has grown through the years. Dutch television station SBS6 broadcast the event since 1998, as Dutch players have become more prominent in the world game. SBS6's contract to cover the event ran until 2008. [14]

Viewing figures

UK viewing figures for World Championship final data provided by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board UK.

2019 372,200
2015 2,000,000 [15]
2014 3,500,000 [16] [17]
2013 2,100,000
2012 2,370,000
2011 2,330,000
2010 3,100,000
2009 1,830,000
2008 3,010,000
2007 3,300,000
2006 3,620,000
2005 2,550,000
2004 3,410,000
2003 2,810,000
2002 2,460,000
2001 3,680,000
2000 3,700,000
1999 4,060,000

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