Dutch Crown topples seven times Gulliver for first world title

Gulliver 25.06 | Hoenselaar 25.80

It was case of six time lucky for Dutch woman Francis Hoenselaar as she won her first world title, denying Trina Gulliver her eighth title.

It was sweet revenge for the 43-year-old second seed from Rotterdam who had previously finished runner up to the remarkable Gulliver on five occasions.

It is only the second match the Somerset-based Gulliver has lost on the Lakeside stage.

Gulliver missed double tops to steal the throwing advantage in the opening leg, Hoenselaar coolly hitting double eight. However the Dutch player missed the opportunity to steal the advantage in the next as the former winner blasted in double 20, the third going with the darts as Hoenselaar hit double 10 – her third dart for a double.

Gulliver fired out a 16-dart finish on double 18 to level, Hoenselaar sweeping back to hit 180 and race down to the double, clinching the set with a two dart 66 finish on double 18.

The seven times champ turned the screw hitting 125 and 100 to annex the opening leg with the throw in the second set on double tops. The Golden Girl hit 123 and 140 scores to move 2-0 ahead after hitting a 60 out shot finished with her favourite double tops. Gulliver clinched the set on double tops but only after the Dutch player missed the same double twice.

The Dutch Crown 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, Gulliver then missing three attempts to finish, as Hoenselaar finally hit double four with her fifth effort for a double.

A further two 140s steered the Dutch player to double and she fired home emphatically on double 12 to bring the 30 minute clash to a close.

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