Lakeside 2018 Day 1 Session 1 Report
Highlights of a dramatic opening day of the 41st BDO Lakeside World Championship were a legend bowing out after a sudden-death shoot out and possibly the finest set in the championship’s history.
Mark McGeeney 3 Vs 2 Martin Adams
The opening match of the championship, between No 2 seed Mark McGeeney and Lakeside legend Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams, was as tight as it promised to be.
It went all the way to a sudden death 11th leg in the fifth set – and McGeeney held his nerve better to ensure Adams’s 25th consecutive appearance at the Lakeside was a brief one.
There was to-and-fro tungsten throughout.
McGeeney broke the Adams throw in the fourth leg of the fifth set to stay in the match – and two legs later, McGeeney had a dart at double 13 for a place in the second round.
He put his dart just outside the wire.
Chances to break came and went and the match ended up going all the way.
Adams won the nearest the bulls eye for the throw in the deciding leg – and then his aim deserted him.
He took until his 11th dart to find the treble 20 and back-to-back scores of 140 and 128 from McGeeney took the leg away from ‘Wolfie.’
That left McGeeney six darts to take out 74 – and his fifth found double top for the match.
Willem Mandigers 3 Vs 0 Nick Kenny
No 10 seed Willem Mandigers got his Lakeside campaign underway with a 3-0 win over Nick Kenny.
The pivotal moment came in the fifth leg of the second set. Kenny was throwing to level the match at 1-1, but Mandigers stole the darts off him and took out 90 on the bulls eye for a 2-0 lead that left the Welshman with too much to do.
Lisa Ashton 2 Vs 0 Rhian Griffiths
Defending women’s champion Lisa Ashton overcame early double trouble to defeat Rhian Griffiths 2-0. Ashton found herself 2-0 behind in the first set after blowing chances to win both the opening legs. After that, her finishing was 100 per cent.
The turning point came in the third leg of the opening set. Griffiths threw 180 to leave 20 for the set and pile the pressure on Ashton to take out 82.
The pressure seemed to switch on Ashton, she nailed double top with her last dart and didn’t look back. She held her throw in the next leg and now in top gear, snatched the set by taking out 195 in six darts.
Ashton polished off the match in the second set with check outs of 80 and 101.
Pengiran Mohamed 0 Vs 3 Gary Robson
Defending men’s champion Glen Durrant will meet his “bogey” player in the first round on Sunday afternoon after Gary Robson won through against Pengiran Mohamed in their preliminary round match.
Robson, making his 16th appearance at the BDO World Championship, was a 3-0 winner over his opponent from Brunei Darussalam.