The odds of Scott Waites producing a repeat triumph in the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship have been slashed from 11-1 to 6-1 after his hugely-impressive opening performance last night.
It wasn’t so much that the Calderdale worker beat Willem Mandingers 3-0, it was the manner in which he achieved it.
“Scotty 2 Hotty” lived up to his nickname with arguably the most impressive display in the opening two days of the competition.
The 38-year-old, winner of the event in 2012, hit three huge ton-plus checkouts and averaged in excess of 96. He dropped just two legs against the stunned Dutchman.
Waites must now wait until Tuesday evening before he discovers his last 16 opponent. He will play the winner of the Geert de Vos versus Kostas Pantelidis contest.
Bradford-born Waites, a carpenter for Pennine Housing, broke Mandigers in the opening leg, followed up with a 142 checkout and then claimed the first set with a 15-dart leg.
Mandingers won the opening leg of the second set and threatened to take the next, only for Waites to produce successive finishes of 136 and 64.
Mandigers forced a deciding leg but when Waites took it in 12 darts with a 141 finish, the Dutchman was deflated and the ninth seed breezed through the third set.