William Borland hits nine-darter in deciding leg on PDC World Darts debut

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William Borland made darts history as he hit an incredible nine-dart finish in the deciding leg to see off fellow youngster Bradley Brooks in a first-round Ally Pally classic.

The two players were locked at two sets and two legs each when Borland scored the perfect leg to spark scenes of jubilation in north London.

It was the first time a nine-dart finish has ever been struck to win a match in a game broadcast live on TV.

Borland becomes just the fifth player in PDC history to hit the perfect leg in a last-leg decider, joining Ian White, Chris Dobey, Mensur Suljovic, Madars Razma and Gabriel Clemens.

Brooks sprinted out of the blocks, averaging nearly 113 as he took the first set 3-0.

Borland took sets two and three 3-1 and 3-2 respectively, topping the hundred average himself in the third set.

Brooks held his nerve to force a deciding set and the two players shared the opening four legs to set up a sudden-death leg for a place in the second round.

Borland hit a 180 with his first turn before following that up with a 177 to leave a 144 checkout and the possibility of a nine-dart finish.

The Scot hit T20, T20, D12 before sprinting off in celebration as the crowd went wild.

Borland revealed jesting from the crowd spurred him on to hit the perfect leg.

He said: "Everyone singing 'Scotland get battered everywhere they go' that just got me going.

"Bradley played a terrific game there, we both struggled at times but I just felt I did the right things at the right times to get over the line.

"It's great to be here. I've played in a couple of TV events before but I'm glad to be here and playing some good darts. I'm glad to hit the nine-darter as well!

"It's a privilege to hit a nine-darter anywhere but to hit it on the biggest stage of them all is just unbelievable.

"On to Wednesday against Ryan Searle, I can't wait now."

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