BDO Career

Alan Norris (born 21 February 1972 in Yeovil) is an English darts player who plays in Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) events. Norris was the runner-up at the 2012 Zuiderduin Masters and his best achievement to date came in reaching the final of the 2014 BDO World Championship where he lost to Stephen Bunting. In January 2015 he moved from the British Darts Organisation to the PDC.

 

 

BDO career

 

Norris won the 2007 Sweden National Championships, beating Daniel Larsson in the final. He had earlier reached the semi-finals of the Finnish Open. Norris then narrowly missed out qualifying for the last 16 of the 2007 Winmau World Masters, having beaten Michael Rosenauer, Mitchell Crooks and Daniel Brouwer before losing to Jordy Terburg. A quarter-final defeat in the Swedish Open followed.

 

Norris made his televised debut by reaching the quarter-finals of the 2008 Welsh Open, which was shown live on Setanta Sports. He defeated Martin Adams in the earlier rounds and then went on to beat Ian Jones, before losing to eventual winner Gary Anderson in the semi-finals. He then reached the quarter-finals of the Norway Open, Denmark Open and the Zuiderduin Masters and also reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Classic and the Swedish Open.

 

Norris made his World Championship debut in 2009, taking one of the automatic non-seeded spots. He defeated 13th seed Steve West 3–0 in the first round but lost 4–0 to fourth seed Scott Waites in the second round. He was defeated in the final of the Welsh Classic 5–2 by Tony O'Shea. Norris advanced through Group B at the Zuiderduin Masters and then eliminated Martin Atkins 3–1 to play in his first major semi-final where Darryl Fitton whitewashed him 4–0.

 

Norris returned as the eighth seed at the 2010 World Championship, but lost 3–2 to Robert Wagner in the first round despite averaging 90 compared to Wagner's 86. He had a mixed 2010 season, in which he won the French Open by beating Kim Huybrechts and also got to the semi-finals of the European Open in Airdrie. Norris attempted to qualify for the UK Open but fell in the last 64 to Ryan Murray.

 

In the first round of the 2011 World Championship, Norris beat seventh seed Ross Montgomery 3–1, but was beaten in the second round by 10th seed Garry Thompson. He edged out Dean Winstanley 6–5 to win the England Open Early Bird and retained his French Open title by defeating Garry Thompson 5–3. Norris also claimed the Luxembourg Open after beating Christian Kist 6–4.

 

Norris played in his fourth successive World Championship in 2012 and once again won his first round match, this time against 14th seed Benito van de Pas 3–2. In the second round, he recovered from 3–1 down against third seed Dean Winstanley to win 4–3 and reach his first World Championship quarter-final, where he was beaten 5–1 by eventual champion Christian Kist. Norris had a shot at double 12 for a nine-dart finish, which would have been only the second in the history of the tournament, but missed the shot and ended up losing the leg. He won the Welsh Masters and the Luxembourg Open for the second year in a row. In December, Norris reached the final of the Zuiderduin Masters, a run that included a 112 three-dart average in his final group match as well as two 170 checkouts. However, he was eventually beaten 5–0 by BDO number one Stephen Bunting in the final.

 

Norris was then the number nine seed for the 2013 World Championship. He beat Welshman Wayne Warren in the first round 3–1, however, was beaten in a tightly contested second round game, losing 4–3 to eighth seeded Dutchman, Wesley Harms.

 

World Championship final

 

After a slow season, Norris entered the 2014 World Championship as an unseeded player and was drawn against defeating champion Scott Waites in the first round. Norris won the match 3–0 averaging over 93 and with a checkout success of almost 50%. He followed this up with another clinical performance in a 4–1 win over Glen Durrant, before beating James Wilson 5–2 in a match described by commentators as one of the best in Lakeside history due to its consistently high scoring. In the semi-finals, Norris trailed Jan Dekker 4–2 after missing three darts to lead 3–1, but eventually won the match 6–5 after Dekker himself missed set darts in the ninth set that would have seen him lead 5–4. Both players hit a number of crucial finishes, most notably Dekker hitting a 158 checkout to hold his throw in the deciding set which would otherwise have seen Norris throw for the match, and the game was cited as the best in that year's tournament by Bobby George among others. Norris played world number one Stephen Bunting in the final and kept the match tight in the first session, entering the interval at 3–3 in sets having seen Bunting miss darts to win two of the sets Norris won. In the seventh set, Norris missed one dart at double four to lead 4–3 having also earlier thrown for the set, then missed darts at doubles in the first two legs of the eighth as Bunting moved into a 6–3 lead. Norris hit back by winning the tenth set courtesy of a 140 checkout, the highest of the match and also Norris's highest of the tournament. Then, as Bunting threw for the title at 2–0 in the 11th set and left himself on 28 for the match, Norris hit a 113 checkout to stay alive. However, Bunting subsequently broke Norris's throw and won the championship. Norris received £35,000 for reaching the final.

 

The rest of the year proved to be Norris' most successful as he won the Denmark Open, Polish Open, British Classic, Swedish Open, Scottish Classic and Catalonian Open. His appearance in the World Championship final earned him a debut at the Grand Slam of Darts where he topped Group B by beating Ronny Huybrechts and Terry Jenkins. In the last 16 Kim Huybrechts knocked Norris out 10–5.

 

Norris' last match as a BDO Player was against Darryl Fitton. The 2nd round thriller of the 2015 Lakeside World Championships went to a final set as Norris had missed his chances to win the match. Fitton edged it 4-3.