German Darts Masters: Steve Beaton takes first title in four years
Last Updated: 23/09/13 2:35pm
Steve Beaton: Back to winning ways
Steve Beaton returned to winning form with his first ranking title in four years coming courtesy of a thrilling 6-5 victory over Mervyn King in the German Darts Masters final.
The 49-year-old completed a brilliant weekend of darts in the European Tour event at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen by taking the £20,000 first prize in dramatic fashion.
Beaton had dropped only four legs in his run to the semi-finals, seeing off Brendan Dolan 6-2 in the quarter-finals before the former World Champion averaged 100 in a superb performance to defeat world number four Simon Whitlock 6-3 in the semi-finals.
King actually broke throw with a 13-darter in the final's opening leg, but in the decider Beaton scored 140, 95 and 100 in being first to a finish before finishing 76 on tops for the title.
"It's very special," said Beaton, who had reached at least the quarter-finals in the last three European Tour events. "I've been knocking on the door all year but it's great to finally win one.
"The format of these events suits me and I had to pace myself throughout today, but the crowd spurred me on by creating a great atmosphere.
"I knew I was playing well this weekend and I just wanted to keep it going. Sometimes I fall at the last hurdle but this time I didn't - although I thought I was going to blow it at the end!
"I'd seen Mervyn laughing when he burst the 134 but I thought to myself that I could really rub it in by finishing the 160, which I did to go 5-3 up.
"I've had so many great battles with Merv down the years and I knew he would come back at me so it was important I didn't give him a chance in that final leg."
Beaton has recently moved from Warwickshire to the Norfolk coast, and admitted: "It's absolutely brilliant to have got over the winning line, and things couldn't get much better for me at the moment. I love the challenge and it's great to be the champion this weekend."
King picked up £10,000 as the runner-up as he tasted defeat for a second time this year in a European Tour final.
He had also been in superb form throughout the weekend, kicking off Sunday's final stages with a narrow win over Peter Wright before whitewashing James Wade in the quarter-finals and seeing off Wayne Jones 6-4 in the semis.
"I got off to a good start in the final but I let Steve back in and I paid the price," said King. "Steve's in great form at the moment and he did well to win this.
"I've played some great darts this weekend and I'm very proud to have reached the final."