Jamie Hughes and Darryl Fitton advanced to the World Championship semi-finals after thrilling deciding set victories against Martin Adams and Geert de Vos respectively, as Lisa Ashton stormed into the women’s final in a pulsating session of darts at the Lakeside Country Club on Friday afternoon.
Fourth seed Jamie Hughes came from 2-0 and 3-1 down to edge out three-time world champion Martin Adams in a thrilling nine-set tussle. Adams made a blistering start to the match, but his doubling let him down in the latter stages of the contest, as Hughes prevailed with a 91.89 average, eight maximums and 50% on the doubles.
After a turbulent year, due to his health issues, ‘Wolfie’ performed magnificently throughout the tournament and it was fantastic to see him enjoying his darts and performing so well. He fired in nine maximums and averaged 92.55, but it wasn’t enough for him to secure a spot in his eleventh World Championship semi-final.
The first set was a real high-quality affair. Adams started superbly and posted successive 15-darters after converting checkouts of 72 and 97 respectively. Hughes opened his account after landing his first maximum and rounding off a 12-dart hold, but ‘Wolfie’ wrapped up the opening set with a clinical two-dart 68 outshot. Continue reading →
Martin Adams stormed into the World Championship quarter-finals with an emphatic 4-1 victory over 2016 finalist Jeff Smith, as former BDO World Trophy winner Geert de Vos dumped out second seed Scott Mitchell to reach the last eight for the first time, in a cracking session of darts at the Lakeside Country Club on Wednesday afternoon.
Three-time world champion Adams secured his place in this year’s quarter-finals with an impressive 4-1 victory over last year’s finalist Jeff Smith. ‘The Silencer’ defeated Adams in straight sets in the opening round twelve months ago, but ‘Wolfie’ gained retribution for that defeat, averaging 89.94 and landing seven maximums to prevail emphatically.
Adams was averaging in excess of 97 for the vast majority of the contest, but his average dipped as a consequence of a scrappy fifth set. Smith recorded some clinical finishes but he simply couldn’t match Wolfie’s relentless scoring power, as the Canadian’s hopes of replicating last year’s run to the final were quashed at the last 16 stage.
Adams made a strong start to clinch the opening set convincingly. The pair exchanged 17-dart holds to kick off proceedings, before ‘Wolfie’ completed a regulation 57 checkout for the third successive hold. The 60-year-old was dominating the scoring stakes, and landed two maximums in the fourth leg to secure the set with a fabulous 11-darter. Continue reading →
Last year’s finalist Jeff Smith will face three-time world champion Martin Adams in the second-round of the BDO World Championship after coming from behind to defeat Brian Dawson, as Geert de Vos, Paul Hogan and Lorraine Winstanley all tasted victory at the Lakeside Country Club on Monday evening.
Smith reeled off five consecutive legs to come from behind to dump out twelfth seed Brian Dawson in a topsy-turvy affair. Smith won four of the opening five legs, before Dawson stormed into a 2-1 lead after recording six straight legs. However, ‘The Silencer’ recovered to prevail with a 91.71 average and a 59% checkout success rate.
The 41-year-old defeated Dawson 4-1 in round-two twelve months ago, but he was made to sweat as he defeated the Yorkshireman at Lakeside for the second year in succession. In round-two, the Canadian will face three-time world champion Martin Adams in a repeat of their first-round clash in 2016, where Smith recorded a shock straight sets triumph.
Dawson started the contest sluggishly as Smith hit tops to win the opening two legs in 17 and 16 darts respectively. ‘Doggy’ opened his account on D16, but ‘The Silencer’ was unfazed and converted a regulation 53 checkout on D18 to wrap up the opening set. Continue reading →
BDO world number one Glen Durrant regained his Finder Darts Masters title with a hard-fought 5-3 victory over former winner Jamie Hughes, as three-time world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova edged out home favourite Aileen de Graaf to claim glory in the Ladies event at the Hotel Zuiderduin on Sunday afternoon.
Durrant was in imperious form throughout finals day and controlled the match against ‘Yozza’, who battled resiliently and took out some crucial finishes to remain in contention. However, Glen monopolised the final in the scoring department; posting ten maximums and averaging 97.33, compared to Hughes’ 89.53.
Durrant opened up proceedings with a 19-dart hold, before doubling his lead with a clinical 111 finish. Hughes was struggling for consistency and the world number one rounded off a first set whitewash with a solid 16-darter culminating on tops.
Durrant levelled up proceedings with a 15-darter, before Hughes regained the initiative in the set with a stunning 157 outshot. ‘Duzza’ forced a fifth and decisive leg in the set after following up a maximum with a 63 kill, but ‘Yozza’ held his nerve, restoring parity at one set apiece with a 14-dart hold after the pair had traded maximums.Continue reading →
Reigning champion Glen Durrant began his Winmau World Masters defence with a comprehensive straight-sets victory, as Martin Adams and Danny Noppert suffered surprise first-round exits at the Lakeside Country Club on Friday afternoon.
Glen Durrant began the defence of his Winmau World Masters title with a comprehensive straight sets victory over Maltese qualifier Norbert Attard. ‘Duzza’ wasn’t at his vintage best; averaging just 87.78. However, he was always in control and sealed his progression to the last 16 with a clinical 133 checkout.
Irish qualifier John O’Shea dumped out three-time champion Martin Adams in an extremely topsy-turvy first-round contest. All five sets went against throw, as Adams was punished for converting just four of his nineteen attempts at double, allowing O’Shea to progress with a modest 80.58 average.
Another shock saw Canadian qualifier Kiley Edmunds knock out world number three Danny Noppert in a thrilling five-setter. Noppert fired in five maximums but was profligate in the finishing department, hitting just 25% of his double attempts. Edmunds took full advantage, averaging 89.90 to record a brilliant 3-2 triumph. Continue reading →
BDO world number one and reigning champion Glen Durrant will begin the defence of his Winmau World Masters title against Malta’s Norbert Attard at the Lakeside tomorrow, after the final 16 qualifiers for this year’s event were confirmed earlier today.
Durrant will kick off the televised coverage of this year’s event on Premier Sports at noon tomorrow, when he faces Attard in the last 32. Current world champion Scott Waites is in action against David Copley, whilst three-time World Masters winner Martin Adams meets Irish qualifier John O’Shea.
Another former World Masters champion Martin Phillips faces Belgian Davy van Baelen, who also qualified for the 2017 BDO World Championships just 24 hours earlier, as BDO World Trophy winner Darryl Fitton meets Welsh Open semi-finalist Dave Parletti
Former world champion Scott Mitchell will contest the final game of the first-round when he takes on Swedish qualifier Oskar Lukasiak, who last appeared at the World Masters in 2009. Elsewhere, BDO number three and German Open winner Danny Noppert plays Canada’s Kiley Edmunds. Continue reading →
The British Darts Organisation’s World-Trophy will be aired on Dave, after a deal was struck with Pay-TV company UKTV.
UKTV, who own channels such as Gold and Alibi, have to decided to extend their coverage of live sport after David Haye’s comeback fight against Australian Mark de Mori in January an unprecedented peak audience of over 3 million viewers.
The World Trophy runs from May 28th-May 30th, with £150,000 worth of prize money on offer. Belgium’s Geert de Vos is the reigning men’s champion, after securing his maiden ranking major title with a deciding-leg victory against former BDO star Jeffrey de Graaf, whilst two-time women’s world champion Lisa Ashton will also be defending her crown.
The BDO World Trophy began in 2014 and was broadcast by Eurosport for its first two years of competition. However, Dave will be televising ten hours of live coverage across each day of competition, from 12pm to 10pm.
Richard Watsham, director of commissioning at UKTV, said: “This is an exciting time for the BDO and I’m thrilled that we’re able to bring Dave viewers the BDO World Trophy, free to air and live from Lakeside. This is an important step for Dave as we continue to expand into important new genres such as live sport.”
Raymond van Barneveld survived a minor scare against veteran Larry Butler, as he progressed through to the knock-out stages of the Grand Slam Darts; setting up a last 16 clash with James Wade on Wednesday night.
van Barneveld needed to beat Butler to secure his last 16 spot, but he was given a stern examination by the 1994 World Matchplay Champion, with Barney winning an enthralling contest 5-3.
The Five-Time World Champion made a perfect start, hitting a maximum with his first three darts and claiming the opening leg in 14 darts. He then doubled his lead moments later courtesy of D3 for a 15-darter and a crucial break.
The 2015 Grand Slam of Darts begins in Wolverhampton on Saturday afternoon and the anticipation and excitement surrounding the event is tangible. It’s the only tournament on the darting calendar where the two darting codes, the PDC and BDO, lock horns.
The addition of Martin Adams and Andy Fordham to this year’s tournament simply adds to the overall spectacle and it will be absolutely fascinating to see how the BDO players fare against their PDC counterparts.
Here is my lowdown on this year’s eight BDO participants, as I also share my views on the ‘friction’ surrounding players from the different codes.