Defending champion Scott Waites crashed out of the BDO World Championship at the first hurdle after a comprehensive 3-0 defeat by Alan Norris.
Waites would have been dreaming of emulating his feat 12 months ago but failed to even win a set against the world number 31 at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green.
Following his humbling at the hands of the 41-year-old, Waites who lives at Fixby and works for Pennine Housing, said he might consider taking up darts full-time.
A power cut at Lakeside did not help Waites’ preparations. The venue was left in darkness for 45 minutes and power restored about 15 minutes before the start.
Waites had also been hampered by a freak neck injury but said that was not an excuse for his defeat.
“The electricity was off for maybe an hour, so our game probably should have been postponed for an hour. But it probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference. It’s one of those things,” said the 36 year old.
“I’ve gone out with a few mates, come back home, spent the night watching television and fallen asleep on the sofa. I woke up with a bad neck and I wasn’t able to play for three days. It’s the little stuff that hinders how you’re going to play. It’s hindered my practice towards the World Championship. I haven’t been able to practice properly and it’s cost me.”
Waites proved no match for Norris, who averaged more than 93 to book his place in the second round.
“It’s been good being world champion,” continued Waites. “There’s been a lot of pressure this year, but I didn’t feel pressure going up on stage, even though my darts didn’t go anywhere near where I wanted them to go. The best man on the day won, and it wasn’t me.”