Lakeside world champions crowned
A180's Joshua Richardson crowned the BDO World Youth champion.
The 17-year-old beat Ireland’s Jordan Boyce 3-2 in the best-of-five set contest as both players made their television debuts on the Lakeside stage.
In a topsy-turvy match, Richardson – the son of former PDC professional James, who was celebrating his 42nd birthday – made a superb start by taking the first two legs of the match.But, having hit his first 180 of the match in the third, he then missed nine darts to take the set.
Sixteen-year-old Boyce took advantage and reeled off three successive legs to win the set But Richardson wasted little time in battling back as checkouts of 96 and 68 helped him win the second set.
Boyce made it 2-1 in sets by winning the third but Richardson kept his hopes alive with some heavy scoring as another clean sweep wrapped up the fourth.
The first two legs of the decider were shared but Richardson, who will compete in the PDC Q School next week ahead of his 18th birthday next Saturday, hit his second 180 to go within a leg of the title And he wrapped it up in emphatic style with big scores of 127, 121, 121 and 100 to set up double 16 for the crown.
The win, which earned Richardson a cool £5,000, sparked big celebrations amongst his family and friends who travelled to witness the final And Richardson said: "I just can’t believe it, my dream has come true.
"Double three let me down quite a bit but I calmed down, the darts were flowing and they went in.
Huddersfield's Waites, the 2003 champion, won the first five sets and there was no coming back for the unseeded Smith, whose run did not have the fairytale ending he would have hoped for.
It was by no means one-way traffic, and Waites twice had to come from two legs to one down in the opening five sets as Smith failed to make the most of his chances.
Smith finally got on the board by taking the sixth set in spectacular fashion with a 161 checkout.
An unlikely comeback potentially looked on the cards when he won the first two legs of the next set but again he could not land the doubles and Waites won three legs in a row.
Smith's final chance came when he again led 2-1 in the eighth set but he could do nothing but applaud as Waites landed a 156 checkout and then took out double 16 to clinch the title.
Waites, who has battled back from shoulder surgery, told the BBC: 'It's absolutely brilliant. To win my second world title, I can't believe it. I don't know what to say.'
Smith made the semi-finals on his debut last year and was the first Canadian for 22 years to play in the final.
He said: 'Scott was incredible. He could have gone out early but he dug in and really made it to the end.
'I just tried to adapt each match. I had a tough semi last year and now a tough final but I guarantee I'll be back next year.'