Willie Borland makes history at PDC World Championship with nine-dart finish

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Willie Borland became the first player in history to hit a nine-dart finish on live television to win a match at the PDC World Championship.

A scintillating match between the Scotsman and Bradley Brooks ended in one of the most dramatic ways possible, causing the Alexandra Palace to erupt.

Both unseeded youngsters, they needed a fifth and final set to separate them after Brooks had cut Brooks’ 2-0 lead.

With the scores locked at 2-2 in the deciding set Borland, from East Calder, struck perfection with three treble 20s, followed by two more and treble 19 on his second visit.

The 25-year-old then hit two more treble 20s and finished on double 12 to send the Alexandra Palace crowd into raptures.

Blackburn’s Brooks, 21, had hit back from 2-0 down in the decider, having reeled off three successive legs to win the fourth set and extend the match.

Additional reporting from PA

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