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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.

Scotland’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.

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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.

Blackburn’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.

Borland’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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