World champ is under the weather

Scott Waites is making good his pledge not to let success go to his head.

The 35-year-old vanished off the public radar for 24 hours following his 7-1 success over Tony O’Shea in the climax to the British Darts Organisation’s showcase event at the Lakeside, Surrey on Sunday evening.

However, Waites was back answering phone calls today while explaining that his temporary absence from the spotlight was due to illness.

“I’m laid up in bed with ‘flu,” explained the player known as Scotty 2 Hotty, who had planned to be back at work in Calderdale with Pennine Housing today.

“I had 40 missed calls on my phone yesterday and I have had lots of texts congratulating me,” he said.

Waites revealed that he had been under the weather from Saturday, making his runaway success all the more remarkable.

“I was sweating like mad during the final,” said Waites, formerly of Sowerby Bridge and Outlane but now living at Fixby.

Waites pocketed £100,000 for his victory and while he will let the dust settle before contemplating his future, he indicated that he was unlikely to make major changes to his lifestyle.

He added: “I don’t play darts for the money - I’m not bothered about the cash, I just enjoy playing.”

Waites also made it clear he enjoyed going to work and was frustrated not to be on a job in Elland, Halifax or Brighouse today.

“The plan was to go back to work and I don’t like being stuck here at home,” he said.