Top two meet in Lakeside final

14 January 2018 06:52:59 EST
Mark McGeeney has reached his first BDO World Darts Championship final.

Reigning champion Glen Durrant faces world number one Mark McGeeney in the final of the 2018 BDO World Darts Championship.

Durrant will be aiming to become the first man since Martin Adams in 2011 to successfully defend the title at Lakeside.

Duzza was the first player to book a spot in the final, as he eliminated two-time world champion Scott Waites 6-2 with an average of 96.61.

The man from Middlesbrough, who has now committed his future to the BDO, has also beaten Gary Robson, Daryl Fitton and Jim Williams in this year's competition and he can be backed at 1/7 to defeat the number two seed in the tournament finals.

Durrant looked to be heading out at the quarter-final stage earlier this week when he was 1-4 down against his good friend Williams, before producing some of the best darts of his career to win 5-4 and complete an amazing comeback.

McGeeney has also had his scares in booking his spot in the final. The Gladiator was 1-3 down against Wayne Warren in his last-eight tie, but was able to overcome that deficit to come through the thriller 5-4.

In his semi-final, McGeeney ended the run of qualifier Michael Underbuchner as he beat the German 6-4 to make the final at Lakeside for the time in his career.

The world number one was 2-3 down after five sets, however, he then won three consecutive sets to leave himself on the brink of victory.

A brilliant 149 checkout from Underbuchner helped him win the ninth set, before the Gladiator responded well in the 10th set with a 110 checkout the highlight as he clinched victory.

McGeeney is 9/2 to upset Durrant and is  to win a thriller 16/1.

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