Lakeside 2018 Day 2 Session 1 Report
Glen Durrant 3 Vs 0 Gary Robson
Defending men’s champion Glen Durrant got through what he reckoned would be the hardest match of his career to reach the second round at the Lakeside. Ahead of his first-round match with Gary Robson, Durrant talked up his opponent’s chances.
He described the 50 year old from Cramlington as his “bogey man” and given that Durrant was sure to be nervous at the start of his defence and Robson didn’t miss much in the preliminary round, there was the chance of an upset. As it turned out, Durrant was just too good.
The 47 year old from Middlesbrough settled quickly, putting his seventh, eighth and ninth darts of the match in the treble 20, went on to win the opening six legs and finished with an average of 95.29. The opening set was soon wrapped up and Durrant broke Robson’s throw in the opening leg of The second set after leaving tops after 10 darts. Durrant added the next in 13 darts to keep his average in three figures and he snatched the set from way back with a 78 check out after Robson fluffed chance after chance to hold. Bizarrely, the opening four legs of the third set all went against the throw. They traded ton-plus finishes in the first two legs, Robson breaking with a 116 finish, Durrant hitting back with 111, and the deciding leg went with the darts, the defending champion holding for the match.
Umit Uygunsozlu 2 Vs 3 Chris Harris
No 12 seed Dean Reynolds will meet Chris Harris after the Welshman came through a see-saw preliminary-round match against animated Turk Umit Uygunsozlu, winning the deciding fifth set 3-1. “I have a lot of confidence,” said Harris afterwards. “I’m planning on winning it (the World Championship).”
Corrine Hammond 1 Vs 2 Fallon Sherrock
The women’s first-round match between Fallon Sherrock and Corrine Hammond was in the balance at 1-1 in the third set. Sherrock then started pounding the treble 20 – and Hammond couldn’t stay with her. Sherrock got a crucial break after starting the third leg with scores of 140, 100 and 100 – and then held her throw for the match after Hammond missed two chances to save it. Sherrock meets Lisa Ashton in the quarter finals, a repeat of the 2015 final that Ashton won.
Ross Montgomery 1 Vs 3 Scott Waites
The best match of the afternoon was between two-time Lakeside champion Scott Waites and Ross Montgomery. Waites went through 3-1, but there was only ever a dart or two between them.
The opening two sets both went to a deciding leg, Montgomery had a dart at tops to win both, missed and Waites mopped up for 2-0. The third set went Montgomery’s way against the darts – he wrapped up the set with a 14 darter – but the Scotsman’s fightback looked like ending there. Waites seized back control of the match with a break in the opening leg of the fourth set, then held – and blew six chances to win the match. Montgomery clawed his way back to level the set and had both the darts and the momentum going into the deciding leg. But he could only start with 40 and 60 and though Montgomery recovered to fling in 180 to stay in touch, Waites got to the finish first and took out 92 in two darts for the match.