Wallace takes the title
Monday 13 January 1997
Wallace lost two of the first three sets, but then reeled off five in a row before James delayed the end by winning the eighth set. Wallace played a magnificent ninth set, winning it in three straight legs, with successive check-outs of 96, 137 and 130 and in the process denying his rival having a shot at a double. With that flourish, he joined his fellow Scot Jocky Wilson among the list of champions.
His Welsh opponent was attempting to become the first qualifier to win the title since Keith Deller in 1983, but Wallace consistently scored higher, and had 57 shots at doubles compared to only 34 by his opponent. The Scot averaged 30.73 a dart, meaning he rated higher than 30 in each of his five matches.
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