Richie Burnett won the first ever Online League Champions Week last night – and missed double 18 to clinch the title with a nine-dart leg.
The 1995 BDO world champion was the last player to qualify for Champions Week, having beaten Kevin Burness 4-2 in the third place play-off of the week four finale.
The Welshman entered Champions Week in Group C on Thursday, and won seven out of 10 games to top the group, ahead of Martin Adams on leg difference.
A £10,000 prize fund was on offer for last night’s grand final, where Burnett was placed in Group B along with Shaun McDonald and Chas Barstow, while Group A featured Adams, James Richardson and Conan Whitehead.
Group A was decided on leg difference, as all three players picked up a win each, but it was Whitehead who departed after losing 4-2 to Adams in the final game of the group.
Meanwhile in Group B, McDonald booked his place in the semi-finals with two wins, defeating Burnett 4-3 and Barstow 4-1.
The final spot in the semi-finals came down to a straight shootout between Burnett and Barstow, and it was Burnett who came through, posting a stunning 108.93 average to win 4-1.
Burnett’s average dropped to 82.13 in the semi-finals, but it was enough to see off Adams (80.42) 4-1, while McDonald (89.28) joined him in the final after getting past Richardson (92.10) by the same scoreline.
Richardson finished the night on a high, averaging 105.46 in the third place play-off to beat Adams (96.10) 4-1, before Burnett and McDonald contested the final, worth £5,000 to the winner.
Burnett (104.35) showed his class again in the final, winning legs in 15, 13, 15 and 11, while McDonald (99.80) took the second leg in 16 darts.
It was almost a perfect end to the final, as Burnett started the fifth leg with back-to-back 180s, and then hit treble 20 and treble 15, before going outside on double 18 for a nine darter. Burnett hit double 18 on his next visit to claim the title and the £5,000 top prize.