24 November 1970 |
Middlesbrough, Teesside, England
|Playing darts since||1985|
|Darts||Tony O Shea 22 Gram Target Dart|
|Walk-on music||You Get What You Give – New Radicals|
|Organisation (see split in darts)|
|Current world ranking||(BDO) 12|
|BDO majors - best performances|
|World Ch'ship||Last 16: 2014|
|World Masters||Quarter Final: 2011|
|PDC premier events - best performances|
|UK Open||Last 64: 2009|
|Other tournament wins|
Northern Ireland Open
Although he began playing in 1985, Durrant's first major appearance was in the 2004 Winmau World Masters, where he lost out in the early stages to Dietmar Burger. He would have more success the following year however. Two consecutive 3-0 wins put him in the last 32 and this was followed by another whitewash against Aodhagen O Neill. Another win in the last 32 set up a televised match against three time world champion Martin Adams. Durrant almost pulled off a famous victory but lost out 2-3.
Durrant has twice appeared in the PDC's UK Open (darts). In 2005 he won his opening match against Darren Moulsley before losing a deciding leg against Ray Cornibert in the last 64. In 2009 Durrant defeated Graham Usher and John McGuirk before losing out to Terry Jenkins 1-9.
In 2011 he made his third appearance in the Winmau World Masters. Four consecutive wins and dropping only 3 legs put him into the televised stages of the tournament, where he defeated Craig Baxter 3-2 in sets in the last 24. In the last 16 he faced 2000 world champion John Walton. A 3-1 win in sets saw an emotional Durrant set up a rematch against Martin Adams, where Adams won 3-1.
Durrant came within one match of qualifying for the World Championship in 2012, but was beaten in the final round by Alan Norris who went on to reach the quarter-finals.
Durrant is a dominant force locally in his own Teesside area and has won the Teesside darts championship 3 times in the last 4 years.
Durrant qualified for the PDC's UK Open in 2012 by winning the Riley's qualifier in Middlesbrough. He drew a fellow Riley's qualifier in Stephen Bunting and lost 0-4 in the preliminary round.
One week later he recorded his first competitive 9 dart finish in the England Darts Organisations Grosvenor Casino Tyneside Classic. This was part of a dramatic comeback from 0-4, to win 5-4, against England team-mate Garry Thompson in the last 16.
The first major International open tournament win for Durrant came in September 2012, when he recorded victories against Martin Adams, Robbie Green and Martin Atkins, amongst others, before defeating Scott Waites in the final to win the 2012 EDO England Classic and the £3000 first prize. At the same tournament he "did the double" by winning the pairs competition with his playing partner Tony Eccles and also was runner up in the inaugural EDO England Matchplay. After adding the 2012 Jersey Open, Durrant retained the England Classic in 2013.
Durrant made his debut at the World Championship in 2014 as a seeded player. He defeated qualifier Mike Day 3-0 in the first round before losing 4-1 to Norris.
World Championship results
- 2014: 2nd Round (lost to Alan Norris 1–4)