Bunting misses chance to open up a 3-1 lead in darts thriller at Frimley Green (From St Helens Star)
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Bunting misses chance to open up a 3-1 lead in darts thriller at Frimley Green
6:44pm Sunday 12th January 2014 in Sport
ST HELENS darter Stephen Bunting is level with Alan Norris in the final of the World Darts Championship at Frimley Green.
It is two sets apiece at the BBC televised showpiece finale, which is the first to seven sets.
The Bullet lost the first set 3-1 despite having the darts, with Alan Norris starting well against the BDO ranked number one.
Bunting had the chance to take the opening leg of the second but missed one shot on double tops allowing Norris to nick it.
He scored well in the second leg and was under no pressure when he levelled at 1-1.
Norris missed double tops to allow Bunting to break throw for the first time in the match and was let off the hook for a missed double 16 to take the second set.
The volume of scoring increased in the third set, with the maximums becoming more frequent. The first two legs went with the darts, with Bunting ruling two missed doubles to lose the third leg and allow Norris to break throw.
But the Newtown based thrower lost no time in breaking back and then cashed in on Norris putting his decisive arrow in the neighbouring bed by taking the leg and third set with his next visit.
After losing the first leg of the fourth back to back 180s from Bunting allowed him to take it out in just 11 darts.
Norris missed three darts at double to allow Bunting to break throw and open up with the 10th maximum of the match but missed four chances to wrap up the set to allow Norris to pinch it.
It was a pivotal moment because Norris came back to level it with the next leg, meaning what should have been 3-1 was instead back level pegging.