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Bunting in shade?
9:30am Tuesday 14th January 2014 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
STEPHEN Bunting is the new British Darts Organisation world champion after defeating Alan Norris 7-4 at the Lakeside on Sunday.
A fine achievement for the St Helens thrower, who joins a long list of great players to have triumphed in the BBC television showpiece.
But, coming just days after the Professional Darts Corporation, the sport’s rival circuit, staged their version at Alexandra Palace, won by Michael van Gerwen, is Bunting’s success in danger of being overshadowed?
Putting aside the issue of whether two world championships damages darts’ credibility, the BDO just doesn’t seem to cut it when compared to the PDC, which is primarily broadcast on Sky Sports.
Anybody who’s anybody plays in the PDC because that’s where the money is. Van Gerwen won £250,000 at Alexandra Palace, while Bunting ‘only’ £100,000.
Although the BDO does plenty for the grassroots game, it is the poorer cousin of the PDC.
Many players have migrated to the PDC since the sport split two decades ago and former BDO world champion Christian Kist is reportedly set to be the next.
Which means the ones who remain are either staunchly loyal or not good enough.
Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams, a three-time winner of the BDO version, must fall into the former category as, at his peak, could have mixed it with the likes of Phil Taylor, himself an ex-BDO man. Now Bunting has won, will he follow suit?
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