Waites clinches second World title.

Set One – Waites settling into his rhythm the quicker, breaking the Canadians throw in leg number four. With Smith competing in his first Lakeside final, nerves are to be expected, but letting a player such as Scott Waites get ahead of steam, can have monumental defects. (1-0)

Set Two – Waites extends his lead with Smith still looking uncomfortable on the oche. Despite stealing the opening on throw, Waites surged back into the set leaving Smith with a 2-0 deficit to overcome. (2-0)scott waites

Set Three – Waites continues his ruthless doubling as he solidifies his lead. Smith endured a sticky patch on the trebles, giving him less leeway as he approached the end of legs. But with the break preceding this leg, Smith had the chance to turn the tides. (3-0)

Set Four – In spite of his best efforts and taking Waites to a deciding leg on his throw, the Silencer looked to be out of his depth. Smith’s supporters had their heads in their hands the 40-year-old missed clear shots at doubles. (4-0)

Set Five – A full time car restorer by trade, Smith looked like he may have to restore his reputation after falling yet another set behind. He had been one of the most consistent and feared performers throughout the tournament, but a rampaging Waites looked to have the match in the bag. (5-0)jeff smith

Set Six – With the pressure off Smith chalked up a set, a dominant one at that. Climaxing with a sensational 161 checkout, getting a jam packed Lakeside Country Club off their feet. (5-1)

Set Seven – Normal service was resumed as Waites dealt another hammer-blow to Smith’s chances of lifting the iconic Lakeside trophy. Smith had built a healthy cushion but, his scoring abandoned him at the crucial moments as Waites completed the turnaround. (6-1)

Set Eight – Scott Waites reeled in his second World Championship in terrific fashion. The Yorkshireman’s highest checkout of the tournament (156) levelled proceedings. But by then Smith knew the match was over as a contest. Waites finding his best form at the right times, leaving him with the honour of lifting the trophy for the first time since 2013. (7-1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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