William Borland became the first player to win with nine players in a televised tournament for PDC; Newcomer Ally Pally, seeded 15th, meets Ryan Searle for a place in the third round on Wednesday

Last update: 12/18/21 9:16 AM


William Borland defeated Bradley Brooks in the first round of the World Darts Championships with nine shooters!

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William Borland defeated Bradley Brooks in the first round of the World Darts Championships with nine shooters!

William Borland defeated Bradley Brooks in the first round of the World Darts Championships with nine shooters!

William Borland hailed “the best night of my life” after he hit a superb nine-darts goal to secure a thrilling victory over Bradley Brooks on his debut at Alexandra Palace on Friday.

The 25-year-old put in a thrilling display to beat former World Youth Champion Brooks in a captivating playoff in the first leg, but saved the best until the end.

Brooks fought 0-2 in the final set to force a sudden death leg, but Borland sealed the deal in fairytale fashion, after 180 visits and 177 with 144 inspiring exits to complete the nine round.

That sparked jubilant celebration from the Scot, who became the first player to win by nine quarters in a televised event at PDC.

Borland gave his thoughts after winning 3-2 with nine bets against Brooks

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Borland gave his thoughts after winning 3-2 with nine bets against Brooks

Borland gave his thoughts after winning 3-2 with nine bets against Brooks

Borland is the ninth different player to achieve perfection in the PDC World Championships, with Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis boasting two teams of nine quarters each in the remarkable sporting event.

“Honestly, this would be the best night of my life,” said the shocked Borland. Sky Sports.

“I just wanted to win the title because Bradley did a good job getting back out there, and I was a little nervous.

“I was on it [the nine-darter] Against Joe Cullen in Salzburg and I was like, ‘Don’t do what you did last time,’ and then I walked in.

“Hitting a nine quarter was unbelievable. I love it!”

It was a fitting way to come up with an exhilarating relationship between two of the sport’s most exciting talents.

Brooks had drawn first blood with a staggering 112.73 average in the first set, but Borland came back again to win the next two sets, before turning the sparkling finish 148 to seize the lead in the fourth set.

Bam Bam responded with 134 super saves to skin followed by 98 kills to force the fifth and final set, but Borland didn’t deter, conjuring a magician 130 at the goal point to come close to winning again.

Brooks refused to bow and fell back on two legs to force the decider, but the 21-year-old became helpless as Borland delivered one of the most iconic moments in World Championship history.

Borland's tournaments were also enough to ensure he kept his PDC Tour card

Borland’s tournaments were also enough to ensure he kept his PDC Tour card

The man from East Colder added, “It’s great to be here. I’ve obviously played a couple of TV events before. I’ve played some good darts and I’m happy to hit the nines too.”

“It’s such an honor to hit nine quarterbacks anywhere, and to hit the biggest stage of them all is unbelievable.”

Borland underscored his credentials by defeating Simon Whitlock in the European Championships in October, and he also boasts of winning Pro Tour wins over Michael Van Gerwin and Gary Anderson on his growing resume.

The new player is now guaranteed to keep his PDC Tour ticket, and will face the Players Championship final runner-up Ryan Searle in an impressive second-round showdown on Wednesday.

Borland also conjured a magical 148 push-up en route to victory over the former youth world champion

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Borland also conjured a charming 148 push-up en route to victory over the former youth world champion

Borland also conjured a magical 148 push-up en route to victory over the former youth world champion

“I was kind of upset with myself and then Bradley got two bad legs and I was thinking to myself, ‘Keep on, keep going, I’m making good goals, let’s see what happens.

“Bradley played a great game there. We struggled at times, and I feel like I did the right things at the right time to cross the streak.

“So it’s Wednesday against Ryan Searle, and I can’t wait now.”

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