The beginning of the women’s competition opened proceedings on the Saturday afternoon as Deta Hedman faced Kasumi Sato of Japan.
The heavy scoring of Sato was too much of that occasion, as she made light work of the former World Master defeating her in just four legs. A checkout of 102 would put the finishing touches to an excellent BDO television debut for the Japanese star.
She was joined by Anastasia Dobromyslova in the semi-finals as the former Russian World Champion took out Australia’s Corrine Hammond in her first round encounter.
Neil Duff continued his rampant weekend as he defeated yet another seeded player. After defeating the number four seed Dave Parletti in the opening match of the tournament, he would see off number 16 Gary Stone to reach the quarter-finals.
The Northern Irishman’s finishing was key to his success, two checkouts of 120 and a 116, putting a dagger in the heart of Stone, who had lead in the early stages.
After making his television debut back at the World Trophy in August, Carl Hamilton seems to be enjoying his darts under the lights, and he will now contest a quarter-final after defeating Craig Owens at the Circus Tavern.
In a match that went the distance, with every set going to all three legs, Hamilton’s greater TV experience told as he closed out the match was a stunning 92 checkout.
Reigning Lincolnshire Open champion Graham Usher would also book his place in the quarter-finals as he defeated World Championship qualifier Simon Stainton, averaging 95 in the process.
The afternoon’s action was rounded off with the match of the tournament so far, Jeff Smith versus Mario Vandenbogaerde. The brilliant Belgian nailed eight maximums and several crucial finishes as the titanic match-up went to a deciding set.
With both players averaging over the ton, ‘SuperMario’ grabbed the initiative, but was immediately pegged back by Smith as we went all the way. It was Vandenbogaerde who would prevail on this occasion to book his quarter-final appearance.
By Josh Green (@JoshGreenMedia)
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