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Neil Duff crowned World champion with Lakeside glory over Thibault Tricole

Ballyclare’s Neil Duff has been crowned World darts champion thanks to a thrilling 6-5 triumph over Thibault Tricole.

The showpiece showdown of the inaugural WDF World Championship produced a superb clash between the Northern Ireland thrower and his opponent from France.

The 49-year-old wrapped up the prize with a double 20 at Lakeside, collecting a winner’s cheque for £50,000 on top of the trophy.

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Wins over Justin Thompson, Nick Fullwell, Jim McEwan and Richard Veenstra led to Duff moving into the final stage.

Neil Duff celebrates with his wife and daughter and the trophy after the men's final in the 2022 Lakeside World Championship Final. Pic by PA.

The WDF World Championship was introduced as a replacement for the defunct British Darts Organisation event.