Top seed Glen Durrant began the defence of his BDO World Championship title with an impressive straight sets win over Gary Robson, whilst Welsh veteran Wayne Warren produced a fine display to dump out seventh seed Wesley Harms on another dramatic day of action at the Lakeside on Sunday evening.
Defending champion Durrant eased through to round-two with an emphatic straight sets win over Lakeside stalwart Gary Robson. The top seed won the first six legs but ‘Robbo’ rallied; only to miss two set darts in the third as Durrant closed out victory with a 95.29 average and two maximums.
‘Duzza’ kicked off proceedings with a 13-darter, before wrapping up the opening set to nil with a tidy 70 kill to complete a 15-dart hold. The Teessider then began set two with successive 13-dart holds, before punishing five missed darts at double from Robson to convert a clinical 78 checkout and establish a commanding two-set cushion.
Robson avoided the whitewash with a fine 116 finish to kick off set three, but Durrant delivered an impressive riposte, breaking straight back courtesy of a 111 outshot. The pair traded further breaks of throw to force a set decider, before Durrant sealed his progression on D2, after Robson had spurned two darts at D16 to halve the deficit.
Two-time Lakeside world champion Scott Waites battled his way into the second-round with a 3-1 win over Scottish veteran Ross Montgomery. It was a topsy-turvy affair but ‘Scotty 2 Hotty’ prevailed with an 88.89 average and three maximums, to set up a last 16 showdown against either Dean Reynolds or Chris Harris.
Waites took out a 133 checkout to establish an early 2-0 lead in the first set, but Montgomery recorded successive 60 checkouts to level. However, the Yorkshire ace followed up his first maximum by hitting D11 to clinch the set, before defying another fightback from Montgomery to double his lead in sets via D2.
Montgomery dispatched 210 in four darts to break midway through set three, before halving the deficit to 2-1 with a clinical 14-dart hold. However, he made a sluggish start to the fourth and although he survived six match darts to level set four, Waites converted a two-dart 92 combination to seal his progression with a majestic 11-darter.
Elsewhere, Wayne Warren secured his first win at the Lakeside to dump out seventh seed Wesley Harms in the biggest upset of the tournament thus far. The 55-year-old, roared on by his partisan support, averaged 95.07 and crashed in four maximums to set up a second-round tie against another Dutchman Willem Mandigers.
Harms led 2-1 in the opening set, but Warren fired in seven perfect darts as he levelled inside 14 darts, before drawing first blood with a 13-dart leg on D18. However, Harms responded strongly, winning the second set without reply in just 48 darts; wrapping it up with a clinical 75 checkout.
However, ‘Sparky’ spurned three set darts in the third set and Warren conjured up a nerveless 101 outshot to regain the initiative, before kicking off set four with a majestic 12-darter. Harms fired in a classy 101 kill to square the set, but Warren moved to the cusp of victory with a 13-darter, before sealing his progression with a fine 68 checkout.
Dennis Nilsson produced a clinical display of finishing to breeze through his preliminary clash against Jeffrey Sparidaans in straight sets. Nilsson, runner-up in Sweden’s Strongest Man competition in 2003, averaged 92.56, landed two maximums and boasted a 69% checkout conversion rate to set up a first-round tie against Jim Williams.
Nilsson kicked off proceedings with a brilliant 140 finish for a 12-dart opener, wrapping up the opening set to nil with a 105 average. The pair then exchanged four consecutive holds in a tightly-contested second set, before Sparidaans left D16 after 15 darts to pressure the Swede.
Nevertheless, ‘Ironman’ effortlessly dispatched a two-dart 77 combination to double his lead, before continuing the procession in the third. He followed up a break of throw via D10 by clinically converting 61 and 64 checkouts with his first dart at double to cap off a comprehensive victory.
Derk Telnekes defeated his fellow Dutchman Chris Landman in straight sets to set up a first-round showdown against former World Trophy winner Geert de Vos. It was a tightly contested preliminary affair with all three sets going to fifth and final legs, but Telnekes prevailed with an 87.16 average, compared to Landman’s 84.67.
Landman led 2-0 in the opening set but Telnekes responded with 16 and 14-dart legs, before sinking D5 to move 1-0 ahead. The youngster then crashed in a classy 122 kill for a 12-dart break midway through the third and whilst Landman broke straight back, Telnekes followed up a sublime visit of 171 with a 14-darter on D8 to extend his cushion.
The pair exchanged combination finishes early in set three, before Telnekes converted a nerveless 90 checkout on D5 to move to the brink of victory. Landman pegged tops to stay alive moments later, but this didn’t spark a fightback as his young compatriot completed a 42 checkout to cap off an impressive straight-sets triumph.
In a battle of the debutants, Welsh qualifier Chris Harris edged out Turkey’s Umut Uygunsozlu in a gruelling five-set preliminary tie to set up a first-round showdown against his compatriot Dean Reynolds. It was far from a classic, but Harris eventually triumphed with a 75.22 average.
Harris trailed 2-0 in the opener but reeled off three straight legs to claim the early initiative, before Uygunsozlu won six of the next seven legs to lead 2-1. However, Harris responded with a fine 108 checkout to win the fourth set to nil, before capitalising on multiple missed doubles from Uygunsozlu in the decider to seal his progression.
In the women’s section, 2015 finalist Fallon Sherrock set up a quarter-final clash with three-time world champion Lisa Ashton after dumping out last year’s finalist Corrine Hammond in an entertaining contest. It was a topsy-turvy tussle, but Sherrock prevailed with a 70.68 average, compared to Hammond’s 71.69.
Sherrock claimed the opener in a fifth and final leg with a fine 14-dart break of throw, but Hammond reeled off four consecutive legs to restore parity and draw first blood in the final set. However, Sherrock stopped the rot on D20, broke throw on tops after almost dispatching a 120 kill, before pegging D8 to triumph with her fourth match dart.
Elsewhere, Sharon Prins will take on top seed Deta Hedman in the quarter-finals after defeating Maria O’Brien in straight sets on Sunday evening. There wasn’t much between the pair in the averages, but Prins’ finishing was the decisive factor, as she triumphed with a 71.48 average, six 140’s and an impressive 46% checkout success rate.
O’Brien drew first blood with a clinical 70 finish, but Prins responded by reeling off three legs on the spin to win the opening set. O’Brien again hit the front in the second but once again Prins responded to regain the initiative. O’Brien forced a set decider after almost crashing in a 160 checkout, but the Dutch starlet held her nerve to prevail on tops.
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2018 BDO World Championship
Sunday January 7
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Glen Durrant 3-0 Gary Robson
Chris Harris 3-2 Umut Uygunsozlu (P)
Corrine Hammond 1-2 Fallon Sherrock
Ross Montgomery 1-3 Scott Waites
Evening Session (7pm)
Dennis Nilsson 3-0 Jeffrey Sparidaans (P)
Sharon Prins 2-0 Maria O’Brien
Chris Landman 0-3 Derk Telnekes (P)
Wesley Harms 1-3 Wayne Warren