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January 07, 2020

Paul Hogan was just milimetres away from a nine-darter as he saw off former World Masters
champion Adam Smith-Neale in double quick time. After two consecutive 180’s, Hogan left double
18, but couldn’t quite find the target as Smith-Neale failed to find his scoring game as Hogan took
the whitewash victory.

Number one seed Wesley Harms began his Indigo campaign with a hard fought victory over
Andreas Harrysson in the afternoon session in Central London.

‘Sparky’, a former electrician goes into the tournament as one of the favourites for the title, but was
pushed all the way by the heavy scoring Swede. After the duo shared the opening four sets,
experienced proved to be a key factor in the fifth, the Dutchman cranking up to pressure to put his
name in the mix for round two.

It was a perfect start for reigning Ladies champion Mikuru Suzuki as she started her title defence
with a victory over Maria O’Brien. Plymouth based O’Brien took the first set with ease, but that
was seemingly the wake up call Suzuki needed.

She returned with the fire in her belly, immediately fighting back to take the match into a decider.
Despite a brief flurry of heavy scoring from ‘OB’, Suzuki secured her spot in the quarters in spite
of the early wobble.

There were also wins for debutantes Nick Fullwell and Justin Hood in the slightly reduced Monday
afternoon schedule. Somerset based Hood made his TV debut at the World Masters in October, but
eased into life under the lights with a routine victory over Romania’s Gabriel Pascaru.

Elsewhere, Andy Hamilton proved too much for Darren Herewini to handle, The New Zealander
was superb in his victory over Simon Stainton, but couldn’t replicate that performance at Hamilton
found a extra gear in set four to take the win.

Fullwell, competing in his first BDO World Championships, aged 50, was surprisingly dominant
against Canada’s David Cameron. ‘Excalibur’ has been a thorn in the side of many big names over
the years, but could do little as the French Open finalist set up a tie with David Evans on Tuesday
afternoon.

In a battle of the BDO legends Scott Waites came out on top against Martin Adams. A acrappy
encounter where missed doubles were a key factor, the Yorkshireman was the one to hold is nerve
in the final furlong to secure his spot in round three.

Afternoon Session
Justin Hood 3-1 Gabriel Pascaru
Nick Fullwell 3-1 David Cameron
Wesley Harms 3-2 Andreas Harrysson

Evening Session
Andy Hamilton 3-1 Darren Herewini
Mikuru Suzuki 2-1 Maria O’Brien
Scott Waites 3-2 Martin Adams
Paul Hogan 3-0 Adam Smith-Neale

By Josh Green (@JoshGreenMedia) Photo credit – Tip Top Pics/@ProSportsImages