Defending champion Scott Waites produced a fine comeback to keep his title defence alive, Lisa Ashton and Aileen de Graaf set up a semi-final clash after recording straight set victories, whilst 16-year-old sensation Justin van Tergouw clinched the BDO World Youth Championship title on a packed session at the Lakeside on Thursday afternoon.
Scott Waites recovered from losing the opening six legs to defeat recent World Masters finalist Mark McGeeney in a scrappy second-round tussle. The two-time Lakeside champion endured a torrid start, but rallied to win twelve of the final sixteen legs to book his quarter-final spot with an 88.14 average.
Waites endured a nightmare start as McGeeney breezed to the opening two sets without reply. ‘The Gladiator’ punished Waites’ lacklustre start by breaking on tops, before extending his cushion on D16 for a 16-dart hold. The defending champion missed two darts for a 76 kill to prolong the set, as McGeeney wrapped up the opener on tops.
The Coventry ace continued his dominant start by pinning D8 for his fourth straight leg. Waites had the chance to open his account, but spurned a further three darts at double, as McGeeney followed up his first maximum with a confident 44 outshot. ‘Scotty 2 Hotty’ was feeling the heat and McGeeney converted D14 for a 17-dart hold to double his lead.
Waites responded strongly after the interval however. He opened his account with a confident 14-darter, before the roles were reversed as McGeeney missed four darts to hold, as the Yorkshire star gratefully sank D16 to double his tally. The sixth seed was growing in confidence and wrapped up the set in clinical fashion, with an 84 finish via D11.
McGeeney regained the initiative early in set four. He fired in his second maximum and pegged D2 with his eighth attempt at double to hold throw. The eleventh seed then posted a clinical 14-darter to break throw and seal control of the contest once more.Nevertheless, Waites produced a H,oudini-like comeback to level up proceedings.
‘Scotty 2 Hotty’ dispatched a quality two-dart 72 finish to stay afloat, before wiring the bullseye for a 161 checkout. However, Waites returned to post a 14-darter to force a set decider. McGeeney had the advantage of throw, but bust a 64 finish and although he returned, he still couldn’t convert the outshot as Waites pinned D8 to restore parity.
The two-time world champion kicked off set five with a 16-dart hold to lead for the first-time, but McGeeney squared the set with an impressive 13-darter. Nevertheless, ‘The Gladiator’ missed a dart to break moments later and this was ruthlessly punished; Waites followed up a nerveless 60 kill by hitting D18 to secure his third straight set.
The recent World Masters finalist rallied with a 16-dart hold, but Waites fired straight back after following his first maximum with a classy 12-darter. McGeeney then squandered three darts at double, as Scott moved to the brink of victory with a two-dart 72 combination, before completing the comeback victory on tops.
Lisa Ashton kept alive her hopes of winning a third women’s world title after defeating seventh seed Fallon Sherrock in straight sets to reach the semi-finals. This meeting was a repeat of the 2015 final and Ashton again prevailed with an 81.12 average, although it wasn’t as comfortable for ‘The Lancashire Rose’ as the scoreline suggested.
Sherrock capitalised on early doubling frailties from Ashton to break with a two-dart 60 kill. However, the second seed levelled with a 15-darter culminating in a 62 finish, before exploiting five missed doubles from Fallon to hold on D6. ‘The Lancashire Rose’ wasn’t at her clinical best in the opening stages, but still wrapped up the set by breaking via D10.
Ashton won her fourth straight leg via D16, having earlier wired the bull for a 161 checkout, before she moved to the brink of victory with a two-dart 96 outshot. Sherrock fought back impressively however.
The 22-year-old posted a brilliant visit of 177, before eventually overcoming some double-trouble to peg D1 and keep the contest alive. She then wrestled back the initiative with a 14-dart break of throw, before a nervy final leg ensued. Sherrock bust 104 after hitting two treble 18’s and Ashton took full advantage; nailing D12 to seal a hard-fought triumph.
In the other women’s quarter-final on Thursday afternoon, Aileen de Graaf dumped out reigning champion Trina Gulliver to set up a semi-final clash with Ashton. It was a very nervy affair, but De Graaf secured a straight sets triumph and finished with an average of 69.77, as Gulliver suffered just her seventh World Championship defeat of all time.
The first set was a largely scrappy affair. De Graaf punished an abject opening leg from ‘The Golden Girl’ to break via D14 and the 26-year-old eventually overcame double-trouble to extend her cushion on D5, as Gulliver missed three darts to break back.
The ten-time world champion landed her first maximum and registered a 16-darter to reduce the deficit, but she couldn’t replicate this in the following leg as De Graaf confidently took out a two-dart 44 outshot to clinch the opening set in 17 darts.
Gulliver responded with a clinical two-dart 70 checkout for an early break in set two, but De Graaf fired back instantly to level inside 16 darts. The next two legs were shared as both players spurned a multitude of darts at double, but the Dutch star finally secured victory on D18, having missed the bullseye for 170 finish earlier in the leg.
Justin van Tergouw produced a stunning performance to win the BDO World Youth Championship with an emphatic straight sets triumph over 14-year-old Arbroath ace Nathan Girvan. The 16-year-old Dutchman averaged 88.20 and landed three maximums as he reeled off nine successive legs to clinch the title in sensational fashion.
Van Tergouw posted a maximum in the opening leg, but Girvan completed a confident 56 checkout to hold throw. Nevertheless, the 16-year-old Dutchman responded with successive 17-dart legs to gain control of the set, which he sealed in style with a 97 checkout on D10, to round-off a classy 15-darter.
Van Tergouw clinched his fourth straight leg via D12, before continuing his clinical finishing with a two-dart 76 kill to extend his lead. The Dutch star was relentless and fired in his second maximum en route to posting five perfect darts, before doubling his lead with a 15-darter culminating on D16.
Van Tergouw’s imperious form continued in set three. Girvan left 62 after just 12 darts but missed two darts at D4 and the Utrecht ace pounced to secure a 14-dart break of throw. Justin then crashed in his third maximum and pinned D16 to move to the cusp of victory, before he completed a routine 25 kill on D8 to seal his maiden World Youth title.
It was a magnificent display from Van Tergouw, who has been tipped to become ‘The next Michael van Gerwen’. He was averaging over 90 for the majority of the contest and also converted 50% of his double attempts. However, Girvan also acquitted himself superbly and the 14-year-old will no doubt return to challenge for the title in the coming years.
Photo Credit: David Gill
Thursday January 12
Second Round (Best of seven sets)
Afternoon session (1230-1600)
TV Coverage: Channel 4
Nathan Girvan 0-3 Justin van Tergouw (Youth Final)
Lisa Ashton (2) 2-0 Fallon Sherrock (7) (QF)
Scott Waites (6) 4-2 Mark McGeeney (11)
Trina Gulliver (6) 0-2 Aileen de Graaf (3) (QF)