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Hoenselaar finally wins BDO crown

Francis Hoenselaar
Hoenselaar put her past losses to Gulliver behind her to triumph

Francis Hoenselaar made it sixth time lucky as she defeated Trina Gulliver 2-1 to become BDO women's champion.

The 43-year-old Dutch second seed had previously finished runner-up to the English darts ace on five occasions.

It was only the second time Gulliver has lost on the Lakeside stage, the first being last year's final against Anastasia Dobromyslova.

The Oxfordshire-based star will now have to wait another year to try and add an eighth BDO crown to her name.

With the opener level at 2-2, Hoenselaar hit a 180 and raced down to the double, clinching the set with a two-dart 66 finish on double 18.

Gulliver, 47, threw a 125 and 100 to win the first leg on the second set, and went 2-0 up helped by scores of 123 and 140.

She clinched the set on double tops but only after the Dutch player missed the same double twice.

Hoenselaar won the race to the double to take the opening leg of the third set with the throwing advantage with her third dart for double 20.

She hit two 140s in the next but missed three doubles, with Gulliver then missing three attempts to close out, before Hoenselaar finally hit double four with her fifth try at a double.

A further two 140s steered the Dutch player to double and she fired home on double 12 to seal victory.

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