Lakeside 2018 Day 1 Session 2 Report
Justin Thompson 3 Vs 2 Chris Gilliland
There was drama in the preliminary round match between Lakeside debutants Chris Gilliland (Northern Ireland) and Justin Thompson (Australia), to decide who meets Darryl Fitton in the first round. Gilliland spurned eight darts for the match in the fourth set – and Thompson made the most of the reprieve.
He forced a deciding fifth set and seized control of it by winning the opening leg against the throw. There was no way back from there for Gilliland.
Deta Hedman 2 Vs 0 Rachna David
Women’s No 1 seed Deta Hedman eased through to the quarter finals, beating a misfiring Rachna David 2-0. David settled into her rhythm quickly, throwing 140 in the first leg, but the Norwegian then twitched on the all-important doubles.
She missed 10 darts at doubles in the first leg, allowing Hedman to come from nowhere to snatch a break. Hedman held her throw to see out the set and won the second without reply for the match.
Joe Chaney 0 Vs 3 Danny Noppert
Danny Noppert produced a solid performance, outplaying US No 1 Joe ‘Chanesaw’ Chaney. Noppert, beaten by Glen Durrant in last year’s final, was on course for a three-figure average until he wobbled on his doubles near the finish and ended the match with 94.89.
The 27 year old was at his best in the second set, blowing Chaney away with check outs of 121 and 126. Noppert really ought to have won the third set without reply as well, but with the match at his mercy, the Dutchman’s radar went on the blink. He missed six chances to win the match - and Chaney came back to force a decider. ‘Chanesaw’ had a dart at double top for the set, missed and at the seventh attempt, Noppert was on target to clinch his place in the second round.
Scott Mitchell 3 Vs 2 Darius Labanauskas
The Best match of the day was a breath-taking shoot out between Scott Mitchell, the 2015 Lakeside BDO World Champion, and Darius Labanauskas.
Mitchell won it 3-2 after weathering an astonishing bombardment in the opening set. That first set was of the highest quality, possibly one of the best ever seen at the Lakeside. Mitchell averaged 107.34 – and still lost the set.
For four legs, neither missed much and when it mattered in the deciding leg, Labanauskas stayed at full throttle and Mitchell couldn’t stay with him. Mitchell struggled to find the big trebles, enabling Labanauskas to get to a double first and snatch the opening set against the throw with a sky-scraping 113.27 average. Labanauskas also had three maximum 180s in the second set, but was otherwise a bit wayward and the more consistent Mitchell broke back to level the match.
Mitchell won a scrappy third set, finding the set-winning double at the 10th attempt, and threw for the match in the fourth after breaking with a 12 darter. But when it seemed there was no way back for him, Labanauskas took advantage of a Mitchell dip to pull off a match-saving break, then held to send the match into a deciding fifth set.
Labaunaskas would have been favourite for the match had he found double 18 to break in the opening leg of the fifth set. He was just off target – and Mitchell found an extra gear. He held his throw, broke in 12 darts and held for the match.