Waites stays calm as he looks to break Lakeside duck

SCOTT Waites is banking on his impressive recent form to bag him the one major title that has so far eluded him.

The 34-year-old carpenter from Outlane travels to Frimley Green on Friday in a bid to win the BDO World Championship for the first time when the action gets underway at the weekend.

Waites has reached the quarter-finals of the televised event on three occasions, in 2008, 2009 and again in 2010, but he is quietly confident that 2012 will be his year.

That confidence is not misplaced as he enjoyed a stellar 2011 where he was crowned Winmau World Master for the first time as well as gaining success in the World Cup singles titles before rounding things off by beating Darryl Fitton 5-4 in the final of the Zuiderduin Dutch Grand Masters.

“I am going to go down there with a relaxed attitude,” said Waites. “I have to make myself believe I am not too desperate to win it and hopefully that will settle me down.

“But I have been playing really well recently and I have a feeling this could be my year.

“I have also been averaging just over 100 in every game I have played and I don’t think there are many players who, over the course of long games in a major championship, can match that level of scoring.”

After a self-imposed short break, Waites will now build up the hours at the oche in the days leading up to the championship.

“I had a few days off at new year but I will be practising a lot between now and Friday then on Saturday I will be practising with Garry Thompson ready for our games the following day.”

Waites has been installed as number two seed for the competition behind long time rival Martin Adams. However, the bookmakers have pinned their colours to his mast with the majority naming him as favourite to emerge victorious.

However, Waites insists that the only pressure that will put him under is from his friends who back him to win.

“I don’t think being favourite is a pressure as such, it is more the fact that you know your mates are sticking £20 on here and there and you don’t want to let them down,” he added.

While Waites has plenty of belief in his ability he will not allow himself to get too over-confident ahead of his opening match against unseeded Andy Boulton on Sunday.

“Andy used to be a Cheshire lad but he has moved up to Scotland and has been playing consistently well,” said Waites. “He won a competition just before Christmas and he has played Lakeside before so he knows what the crack is.

“Although he will be the underdog, it is going to be very tough.”

While hoping to do the business himself, Waites accepts he is part of a quality field and expects the likes of Adams to be there or thereabouts again.

Adams is the holder of the title having secured his third success in the competition last year following a 7-5 success over Dean Winstanley.

“Martin Adams is playing well and you can always expect him to be among the main challengers,” said Waites. “But, if my mate Scott Mitchell turns up against him in the first game then he is well capable of causing an upset.

“As far as outsiders go I think Darryl Fitton could do well. He is another playing well and he has the ability to cause an upset or two.

“I played him in the final in Holland and we scored 31 180’s between us in that match so he clearly has lots of ability.

“But I am quietly confident. If I can go there and play like I know I can then there is no reason why I shouldn’t be successful.”