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last leg Stunning nine-dart finish at the World Championship sparks wild scenes of celebration

With the scores locked at 2-2 in the deciding set Borland, from East Calder, struck perfection with three treble 20s, followed by two more and treble 19 on his second visit.

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William Borland celebrates after hitting a nine-dart finish to beat Bradley Brooks during day three of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace: Kieran Cleeves/PA Wire.

William Borland celebrates after hitting a nine-dart finish to beat Bradley Brooks during day three of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace: Kieran Cleeves/PA Wire.

William Borland celebrates after hitting a nine-dart finish to beat Bradley Brooks during day three of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace: Kieran Cleeves/PA Wire.

Scotlandโ€™s William Borland produced a brilliant nine-dart finish at the World Championship to clinch a 3-2 first-round win against Bradley Brooks.

With the scores locked at 2-2 in the deciding set Borland, from East Calder, struck perfection with three treble 20s, followed by two more and treble 19 on his second visit.

The 25-year-old then hit two more treble 20s and finished on double 12 to send the Alexandra Palace crowd into raptures on his World Championship debut.

Blackburnโ€™s Brooks, 21, had hit back from 2-0 down in the decider, having reeled off three successive legs to win the fourth set and extend the match.

Borlandโ€™s effort was the 11th nine-dart finish at the World Championship and the first since Gary Anderson completed the feat in his semi-final win against Jelle Klaasen in 2016.

"Honestly, this will go down as the best night of my life," a shellshocked Borland told Sky Sports.

"I just wanted to win the leg because Bradley had done well to come back there, and I was a wee bit nervous.

"I was on it [the nine-darter] against Joe Cullen in Salzburg and I was just like, 'don't do what you did the last time', and then it went in.

"It is a privilege to hit a nine-darter anywhere, and to hit it on the biggest stage of them all is just unbelievable."

Paul Lim was the first player to achieve a nine-dart finish on the biggest stage in 1990 at the BDO World Championship.

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