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Last Updated: 25/10/11 1:05pm

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Colin Osborne: Ended long wait for darts title

Colin Osborne: Ended long wait for darts title

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Colin Osborne defeated James Richardson 6-2 to win his first ranking title for almost two years in Sunday's German Darts Classic Players Championship.

Osborne last tasted victory when he won the Championship League Darts and a Players Championship in Irvine inside a month in 2009.

Having defeated Meszaros Zsolt, Peter Martin and Kevin Munch in the early rounds, Osborne saw off York's Terry Temple 6-2 to win through to the quarter-finals.

He then defeated teenager Chris Aubrey 6-2 in the last eight and came from 2-0 down to win six straight legs in repeating the scoreline against Mark Walsh in the semi-finals.

Richardson, in his first professional final, led after breaking with a 14-darter in the opening leg, but Osborne took out 160 to level and punished misses from his opponent to win the next and lead 2-1.

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Richardson levelled on double four, but Osborne took out 80 in two darts to lead 3-2 and won the next two following missed doubles from the Rushden thrower to move 5-2 up.

Richardson hit a 180 in the eighth leg, but missed two darts at double 16 to keep the game alive and Osborne took out double 18 for a 14-darter to secure victory, which moves him back into the world's top 20.

"I'm ecstatic to have won this," said Osborne. "I've been doing a lot of hard work over the last six to eight months and I've been playing some good darts but maybe not had that little bit of luck.

"On Saturday, I missed a couple of darts at a double against Mervyn King and ended up losing, but although I rode my luck at times during this event nobody ever had a dart to beat me.

"If James had hit his doubles in the final it would have been a lot closer but I put a lot of pressure on him and I suppose at the end a little bit of experience did show.

"It's nice to get that winning feeling back and I'm working hard to get back into the top 16, but I still believe in my ability and believe I am a top 10 player."

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