Shaun Greatbatch

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Shaun Greatbatch
Personal information
Nickname 9 Dart
Born (1969-07-13) 13 July 1969 (age 47)
Newmarket, England
Home town Lakenheath
England
Darts information
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Town Called Malice by The Jam
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 2001-2010
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Semi-Final: 2006
World Masters Last 32: 2006
World Darts Trophy Last 16: 2004, 2007
Int. Darts League Quarter-Final: 2003
Zuiderduin Masters Quarter-Final: 2005
PDC premier events - best performances
Grand Slam Group Stage: 2007
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
Dutch Open
Swedish Open
German Open Pairs
Denmark Open
England National Championship
2002
2004, 2007
2004
2005
2006, 2007

Shaun Greatbatch (born 13 July 1969) is a former English darts player. He lives in Suffolk and works in the construction industry. His nickname is 9 Dart, having been the first player to hit a perfect nine dart finish on live television, in the final of the 2002 Dutch Open against Steve Coote.

Darts career[edit]

Shaun's family is said by commentators to have a rich darting pedigree. His Welsh mother, Sandra, reached the semi-finals of the Women's World Championship in 2002 and was a Women's World Masters finalist in 1992 and 1997. Shaun lost in the first round of the BDO World Darts Championship in his first four occasions, 2001 against then reigning champion Ted Hankey, in 2003 against Colin Monk, 2004 against James Wade and 2005 against Mike Veitch. This dubious honour ended in the 2006 World Championship, where Shaun finally won in five sets against Niels de Ruiter. He went on to reach the semi-finals, losing to eventual champion Jelle Klaasen. The result means he did not need to qualify for the 2007 championship where he lost in the second round to Tony Eccles. In 2008 the first round jinx came back to haunt him as he was beaten by Martin Phillips.

Cancer diagnosis[edit]

On 14 June 2008 it was announced that Shaun had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. As a result of his treatment, he lost all of his hair, weighs two stones lighter and is four inches shorter (going from 6'5" to 6'1").[1] Despite his illness, he still managed to play in the 2009 BDO World Darts Championship, having earned enough ranking points to claim one of the automatic spots for the events. He was soundly beaten in the first round 3-0 by John Walton, but his mere presence under such difficult circumstances showed great bravery and generated praise from fellow players and fans. He emotionally left the Lakeside stage to a guard of honour made up of the rest of the players in the tournament male and female, as well as officials, referees and former finalist Dave Whitcombe.

World Championship Results[edit]

BDO[edit]

Nine-dart finishes[edit]

Shaun Greatbatch hit the first ever live broadcast nine dart finish in the Final of the Dutch Open on 3 February 2002.

Shaun Greatbatch televised nine-dart finishes
Date Opponent Tournament Method Prize
3 February 2002 England Steve Coote Dutch Open 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T15, D18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greatbatch to continue playing, mirror.co.uk; accessed 26 January 2017.

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