Stephen Bunting Wins The 2012 World Masters in Hull

BDO Match Report

Winmau World MastersThe 2012 Men’s World Masters final was contested by No.1 Seed Stephen Bunting and No.7 Seed Tony O’Shea.

Stephen was first out the blocks as he won the opening 2 legs and the set courtesy of Tony leaving a single 3 and being unable to hit the madhouse.

Bunting then took the first set before O’Shea levelled at one set each, he went ahead again at 2-1 but in a ding-dong battle The Silverback checked out 72 to make it 2-2 at the first interval.

The bullet won the first leg after the break and then hit 126 to win the next and go 3-2 ahead. Tony won the first 2 legs of the next set to level again at 3-3.  Tony’s second 180 of the match wasn’t enough to win the 1st leg of the 7th set and Stephen then won the next to move ahead 4-3.

But Tony came back yet again to take the 1st leg of the next. Stephen hit his 2nd maximum of the match to level 1-1 in legs and followed it with his third 180 before checking out on d-18 to go into the second interval 5-3.

Once again Stephen was  first  to win the opening  leg after the break, but Tony hit another 180 in the next. However, it wasn’t enough to stem the high scoring of Bunting who then went 6-3 ahead – just 2 legs away from the title. O’Shea wasn’t out of it as he hit yet another 180 – only to see his opponent hit a 180 of his own. The score was now 6-4.

The opening leg of the 11th set went in Stephen’s favour and a fantastic 146 checkout gave the No.1 Seed a famous 7-4 victory.  It was his first major title and he has now become the first man to win both the Boys Masters title in 2001 and now the Men’s Masters title in 2012

Winmau World Masters Final Day’s Play Results

Men’s Quarter Finals: Best of 5 set, 3 legs

Stephen Bunting 3-1 Jim Williams

Phil Nixon 0-3 Wesley Harms

Thomas Junghans 1-3 Tony O’ Shea

Paul Brown 3-2 James Wilson

Semi Final :- Best of 9 set 3 Legs

Stephen Bunting 5-3 Wesley Harms

Tony O’ Shea 5-1 Paul Brown

Ladies Final:  

DETA HEDMAN 1-4 JULIE GORE

Men’s Final:- Best of 13 set, 3 Legs

Stephen Bunting 7-4 Tony O’ Shea

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