‘I got blasted for no-look 180 at World Darts Championship but I’ll do it again’

Scott Williams insists he will repeat his ‘no-look 180’ attempt at the World Darts Championship despite being blasted after being left red-faced. The darts star has told unhappy viewers that they should “turn to Emmerdale” if they do not enjoy his style.

Williams attempted to assert control in his clash with Japanese player Haruki Muramatsu on Saturday. He landed his first two darts perfectly on treble 20 and just needed one more good shot to score a maximum.

In a move some onlookers deemed arrogant, Williams looked away from the board to perform a ‘no-look 180’ shot. The 34-year-old – nicknamed ‘Shaggy’ – compared his behaviour on stage to fellow darts pro Cameron Menzies, who is also known for his eccentric actions.

“That’s just me and I am a bit of a weirdo. I’m not as mad as Cammy (Menzies) but especially on the world stages, you want to be the best you are and when you win a leg I’ve seen people on social media go on about Cammy and cringing how he reacts,” Williams said.

“The boy is a plumber, he turns up and 3-4,000 people are watching and millions at home. He does what he wants up there. Just let us do what we do, you watch and behave yourself.

“That’s what I’m going to continue to do and if I win a leg and I’m happy with it – that 127 was delightful by the way – then I’m happy with it and I’ll continue to do it.

“People know who I am and they know what they’re getting. Haruki knows I’m going to do something stupid at some point and that was the one.

“And I’ll do it (the no-look 180) again Thursday. If I want to do it, I’ll do it. If people don’t like it, change your TV to Emmerdale or something.”

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Williams has performed the shot before during a defeat against Rob Cross during last year’s World Darts Championship. Despite his embarrassment against Muramatsu, he ultimately overcame his opponent and has progressed to the second round.

He will face Danny Noppert for a place in the third round later in the week. Williams hopes his performances at Alexandra Palace will provide momentum for some positive results in 2024.

“I am hoping this will be a springboard but I’m also a realist,” he said. “I’ll take one game at a time because I’m just here to enjoy it as I love the sport and being involved in the game is on another level and I’m really pleased to be where I am at.”

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