Danny Noppert and Glen Durrant completed the men’s semi-final line up after dumping out Scott Waites and Darius Labanauskas respectively, as Corrine Hammond sprung a surprise to dump out three-time world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova in an intriguing night of action at the Lakeside Country Club on Friday evening.
Third seed Danny Noppert continued his dream Lakeside debut as he survived a valiant fightback from Scott Waites to dump out the reigning champion in an enthralling quarter-final tussle. The Dutchman averaged 95.58, landed eight maximums and produced some stunning finishes to set up a tasty semi-final clash against Darryl Fitton.
Noppert clinched an attritional opening set. The pair exchanged early breaks, before Waites defied Noppert’s first maximum to hold via D10. The Dutchman forced a set decider after hitting D2 with his eighth attempt at double, before drawing first blood with a clinical 104 outshot after the defending champion missed a set dart at D18.
This was a bitter pill for the Yorkshireman to swallow, but Waites responded strongly from this setback. ‘Scotty 2 Hotty’ claimed an instant break via D4, before completing his second straight 14-darter with a clinical 76 checkout to gain control.
The two-time world champion had the chance to seal the set without reply but spurned two set darts, as Noppert registered a 16-dart hold to stay alive. The 26-year-old then regained control after producing a sublime 141 finish to round-off a 12-darter, before completing the turnaround with a confident 60 kill to double his advantage.
Both players kicked off set three with scrappy holds of throw, before Waites fired in his first maximum and converted a 13-dart hold to edge ahead in the set. Noppert held his nerve to pin D5 and force a third successive set decider but on this occasion Waites prevailed; landing his second 180 and dispatching a 66 kill to reduce the deficit.
Despite this, Noppert responded superbly in set four to re-establish his advantage. The third seed drew first blood with a clinical 74 finish on tops for a 15-dart hold. ‘Noppie’ extended his lead moments later after following a stunning 162 by hititng D10 to round-off a 14-darter, before clinching the set to nil after dispatching an effortless 71 kill.
The Dutchman secured an early break in the fifth, but Waites replied with a clinical two-dart 100 combination to level after ‘Noppie’ wired the bullseye for a 170 outshot. Scott then squandered five darts to hold as Noppert found D12 for a third straight break, before the third seed moved 4-1 ahead by pegging D10 at the sixth time of asking.
The debutant appeared in cruise control and hit the front in the sixth set by slotting away D3, but Waites levelled with a ruthless 83 finish on the bullseye; despite Noppert leaving 41 after just 9 darts.The Dutchman responded superbly however; registering his fourth maximum and completing a 14-dart leg on D4 to move to the cusp of victory.
‘Noppie’ had displayed a calm exterior throughout but the nerves were tangible as he squandered two match darts, before a dramatic fifth leg ensued. The Dutch ace wired the bull for a 170 outshot before missing a further two match darts, as Waites fired in an inspired 144 checkout (T18, T18, D18) to keep his title defence alive.
‘Scotty 2 Hotty’ was beginning to fire and kicked off the seventh set with a ruthless 79 kill, before following up his fifth maximum with a 121 on the bull for a 12-dart leg. Waites missed D18 for a 150 checkout which would have clinched the set without reply, but Noppert followed up scores of 180 and 171 by sinking D2 to stay afloat.
The pair were firing on all cylinders and the third seed closed in on victory once more by following his seventh maximum with a 14-dart hold. The Dutchman produced a strong scoring leg to heap the pressure on Waites, but he fired a wayward dart at the bull for a 124 kill, as the sixth seed nervelessly converted a 76 finish to reduce the arrears to 4-3.
The two-time world champion was throwing everything at the Dutch debutant, but Noppert produced a stunning sequence of legs to stave off Waites’ valiant fightback. The 26-year-old drew first blood in the eighth set with a clinical two-dart 86 combination to complete a commanding 14-dart hold of throw.
‘Noppie’ was scoring more prolifically as the game progressed and posted his eighth maximum to set up a break opportunity, which he duly took by dispatching an 87 outshot for a sublime 11-dart leg. Waites’ escapology act had been remarkable but Noppert finally closed out a superb victory with a nerveless 96 finish for a 14-dart match-winning salvo.
It was a remarkable performance from the man from Joure. Noppert has performed tremendously on the BDO circuit throughout the last twelve months, but the composure he displayed under intense pressure was admirable, as he rounded off the eighth set in just 39 darts with clinical 86, 87 and 96 checkouts.
Elsewhere, top seed Glen Durrant recorded a hard-fought 5-2 victory over eighth seed Darius Labanauskas to remain on course for a maiden world title. Durrant struggled for large periods, but sealed victory with an 89.82 average and six maximums, as he reeled off four consecutive sets to set up a semi-final clash with Jamie Hughes.
Labanauskas clinched the first set after some indifferent finishing from ‘Duzza’. The top seed began with a 69 finish to complete a 15-darter, before he missed six darts at double across two legs as the Lithuanian posted D8 twice to lead. Durrant missed a further two at double for an instant break back, as Darius clinched the set with a 16-darter on tops.
Labanauskas clinched his fourth consecutive leg with a clinical 90 finish to complete a stunning 11-darter, but Durrant eventually halted his double woes by pinning D4. The Teessider then fired in his second maximum and capitalised on his opponent’s missed doubles to break via D8, before restoring parity at one apiece with a 14-dart hold.
The third set was a dramatic affair. Durrant kicked off proceedings with a scrappy hold on D7, before winning his fifth straight leg via a 14-darter. Labanauskas stopped the rot after crashing in his second maximum and registering a 15-darter on tops, before a dramatic conclusion to the set ensued.
The eighth seed missed a multitude of darts to square up the set, but Durrant was unable to capitalise as ‘Lucky D’ forced a set decider after pinning D4 with his seventh attempt at double. The fortune was also on Darius’ side in the decider. ‘Duzza’ missed a further two darts for the set, before Labanauskas produced a stunning 156 checkout to steal the set.
The Lithuanian posted his third maximum en route to kicking off set four with a 15-darter on tops, before Durrant sank D5 with his last dart in hand to hold. Labanauskas appeared poised for a routine hold, but spurned three darts at double as ‘Duzza’ posted a nerveless 77 kill to break, before sealing the set with a 14-darter via D16 to draw level once more.
However, Durrant produced a much better showing in the fifth set to seal control of the contest. He followed up his third maximum with a 13-dart leg culminating on D4, before he extended his lead inside 15 darts. Labanauskas posted a brilliant 171 as he fought to stay in contention in the set, but Durrant converted a clinical 85 outshot to wrap up the set.
The world number one extended his winning sequence of legs to six after triumphing in two scrappy legs to kick off the sixth set. However, Labanauskas halted his slide by nailing a two-dart 48 outshot after ‘Duzza’ wired the bull for a 126 checkout.
This suddenly gave the 40-year-old some impetus, as he wrestled back the initiative with a brilliant 130 checkout on the bull. Out of nowhere’Lucky D’ seemed destined to restore parity at three sets apiece, but the eighth seed spurned three clear darts at double as Durrant sank D4 to move to within a set of victory.
The 46-year-old Teessider kicked off the seventh set with a routine hold on D16, but Labanauskas continued to battle and levelled the set with a clinical 108 checkout. Despite this, ‘Duzza’ was closing in on victory and finished with a flourish; posting successive 13-darters to triumph in relatively routine fashion.
Eighth seed Corrine Hammond dumped out three-time world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova to reach her maiden World Championship Final. Dobromyslova scored strongly, but could only convert four of her twenty-nine double attempts, as Hammond prevailed in straight sets with a 72.33 average.
Dobromyslova drew first blood after following up her first 140 with a clean 45 kill. Hammond levelled with a 17-darter, before breaking via D2 after the fourth seed followed up a 177 by missing six darts at double ten.
The Russian broke back instantly with a solid 16-darter culminating on D16, but the Australian landed her first maximum and capitaised on two missed set darts from Dobromyslova to wrap up a topsy-turvy opening set.
The three-time world champion registered her first maximum and pinned tops for an early break in set two, but she missed eleven darts at double in the next two legs, as Hammond hit D5 and D1 respectively to move to the brink of victory.
Corrine missed the bullseye to win the match with a spectacular 170 checkout, before missing a further two match darts as Dobromyslova hit D10 to stay afloat. Nevertheless, after Anastasia wired the bull for a 126 in the set decider, Hammond held her nerve to peg D7 with her last dart to secure her place in Saturday’s final against Lisa Ashton.
Photo Credit: David Gill
Evening session (1900-2100)
TV Coverage: BT Sport
Corrine Hammond (8) 2-0 Anastasia Dobromyslova (4) (SF)
Glen Durrant (1) 5-2 Dennis Labanauskas (8)
Scott Waites (6) 3-5 Danny Noppert (3)