UK Darts Issue 9 - December 2013 - Page 19

Stephen Bunting’s semi-final with Wesley Harms had been a much closer affair, with the St Helens based thrower taking a cagey opening set 3-2. He then raced into a 2-0 lead in the second set before missed doubles allowed Harms back in, the Dutchman eventually taking the set 3-2 to level the match. Again Bunting was in front in the third set, but more missed doubles (to take the set 3-1), allowed Harms to pounce, levelling with the help of a well timed 180 before moving on to secure the set and the overall lead. Things then begun to swing Bunting’s way as he found a crucial break of throw to move 2-1 up in the fourth set. He went on to take it 3-1, leveling the match before completing victory by taking the deciding set 3-1. “I was very nervous right until the last double went in,” said Bunting. Final Wilson won the first set 3-0, with Bunting missing 10 darts at double along the way, but things looked to be closing up when Wilson himself missed two darts at double to take the second set 3-1, allowing Bunting in to level the set and then secure it in a deciding leg. The third set again went the way of Wilson, who landed a 123 checkout in the opening leg to move 1-0 up before breaking the Bunting throw in 15-darts and securing the set in the third leg with a solid hold of throw. Wilson again broke throw in the opening leg of the fourth set, and when Bunting missed eight darts to level the set in the second leg Wilson was able to extend his lead to 3-1. The fifth set saw Wilson take the opening leg before Bunting produced a clinical checkout of 80 to level up. A familiar pattern was emerging however and Wilson took full advantage of a 180 in the third leg to move in front, before breaking throw again to take the set and a 4-1 lead. The match was all over in the first set after the break, Bunting checked out 88 to move in front in the set before Wilson levelled with a 113 checkout. Bunting then missed a further four darts at double to hold throw, allowing Wilson in with a 124 checkout on the bullseye to move within a leg of the match. The final leg went without incident for Wilson who wrapped up the match with a comfortable hold of throw to claim the 2013 Zuiderduin Masters title and gain just a little bit of revenge for his defeat at the hands of Bunting in the Winmau World Matchplay earlier on in the year. “I’ve played Stephen before, in the final of the Winmau, and I didn’t get a set then so I knew I had to hit my doubles today,” said Wilson. “I can’t put into words what it means to me to win this title,” he added. Bunting was gracious in defeat, “James played really well there, he scored heavily and I always felt like my doubles were under pressure,” he said. “He was the better man today but roll on La