GLEN DURRANT has made darts history by winning the BDO World Championship trophy for the third year in succession.

Durrant, nicknamed Duzza, beat Scott Waites 7-3 in the final at the Lakeside.

The Teessider, who could now opt to switch codes to the PDC, is the first person to claim three Lakeside World titles in a row since Eric Bristow in the mid-1980s.

Today's final was a tight affair for the first three sets, with Durrant and Waites trading sets as the score reached 3-3.

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However, Durrant rattled off three quick sets before the next break, and returned to successfully defend his title as he finished on double 16.

Speaking after he received the World Championship trophy on the Lakeside stage, Durrant said: "It means the earth and back. To do it against a Lakeside legend like Scott Waites, that was the icing on the cake.

"For three or four sets he was much the better player, but I just kept finding that double. At 5-3 I was feeling a lot more confident. I’m so impressed to beat him, I’m dead happy.

"I've been under pressure for three or four years as the top seed. Every tournament I go to, when you lose you think it’s the end of the world.

"But I've had my wife and daughter here, I’ve got the best family base. Just when I needed to hear my friends and family, they were right there. I'm mega happy.

"Eric Bristow – three times. Eric Bristow won it when it was a unified organisation. I'm not playing Michael van Gerwen or Michael Smith tonight – all I can do is beat legends like Scotty Waites. I’m mega happy."

Waites added: "After the break, Glen didn’t give me much of a chance. He hit a few doubles and I didn’t, that’s why he's World champion."