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Trina Gulliver cruises to eighth Lakeside darts crown

Trina Gulliver (centre) with Lakeside owner Bob Potter and chief executive Barbara Leitch
Gulliver (centre) has dominated women's darts for a decade

Trina Gulliver eased to her eighth BDO women's world title with a 2-0 victory over Rhian Edwards at the Lakeside.

The Warwickshire star needed just 18 minutes to see off her Welsh challenger and claim the £6,000 winner's cheque.

Gulliver, 40, said: "Rhian is a great player and I needed to put her under pressure straight away."

Wiping away tears of delight, she added: "My house has been so empty without this trophy, it means so much to get it back."

Gulliver had the advantage of throwing first and hit double 10 after missing two attempts at double tops.

Edwards had first throw for a double in the next leg but the consistency she had shown in previous matches was missing as she fluffed three chances.

Gulliver narrowly missed double 18 for a 147 finish but closed out the leg with her next throw.

The 'Golden Girl' powered in a 180 in the next, clinching the set with double two.

Edwards, who has been throwing her husband's darts after losing her own, powered down to the double in the opening leg of the second set.

But she missed another three attempts, and Gulliver pounced with a 76 checkout to break the advantage.

The second seed then followed up with a superb 117 finish, completed on double tops, racing ahead in the next leg but missing two darts for double eight.

On her return to the oche there was no mistake as she fired in double eight to land her first title since 2007.

Edwards, making her first appearance at Lakeside event, did not disgrace herself and went home with £2,000 as well as some invaluable big-stage experience.

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