DARTS: Red Dragon’s Waites out-dazzled by sparkling Fitton
LAKESIDE, SURREY (8 Jan) - Fifth seed and Madness fan Darryl Fitton moved closer to "one step beyond" as he reached the last four in the championship for the second time four years after toppling Red Dragon Darts Scott Waites 5-4 in the 102 minute clash.
Cheered on by Cheshire county team mate Tony O^Shea who he will play in the semi final, Fitton had to dig deep as Waites continually set the pace in the match.
The game started at snails pace, both players adopting a slow steady pace with Fitton taking the opening set 3-2. Waites leveled and then moved ahead after taking the third set 3-1, the experienced Dazzler hitting a maximum to ensure he went into the break on level terms.
Twice battling Fitton leveled in the fifth set after losing the throwing advantage but cool Waites clinched the deciding leg with double seven.
Waites opened up a 2-0 lead, despite two 180s from Fitton, the Cheshire player hitting double 18 and then lucky double 13 to level, the Yorkshireman moving into a 4-2 match lead after hitting double tops.
Fitton hit another maximum en-route to the first leg of the seventh set, achieved on double 20 and both players suffered double trouble in the next, Waites missing five and Fitton scrambling to double six with his seventh attempt for a double to steal the advantage.
Waites blazed back to turn the throwing advantage with double five but battling Fitton hit a maximum and then a faultless 83 checkout, completed on double 16.
The opening three legs of the eighth set all went against the throw, Fitton hitting double 20 to move 2-1 ahead and calmly stroke in double eight with his second attempt to level the match at 4-4.
Waites stole the darts in the opening set of the next set, Fitton hitting a maximum as moved 2-1 in front. The Cheshire player hit back-to-back 180s as he nervously moved into the semi final hitting double four after missing four match-winning doubles.