Lakeside 2018 Day 5 Session 1 Report
Andy Baetens 4 Vs 2 Scott Mitchell
Lakeside debutant Andy Baetens stunned 2015 BDO World champion Scott Mitchell in the second round. The 28 year-old from Belgium won 4-2 after Mitchell missed five chances to send the match into a deciding seventh set. Baetens had raced into a 2-0 lead, winning six of the opening seven legs, before Mitchell turned that crucial third set his way with a 180 in the third leg that set him up for a break. He went on to nail a high-pressure double 16 with his last dart for the set and came from 2-1 behind to snatch the fourth set and level the match with back-to-back check outs of 121 and 141. Baetens had a 127 finish in the fifth set and went on to grab the set for a 3-2 lead with a 91 check out on the bulls-eye in the deciding leg. The sixth also went to a fifth leg and Baetens grabbed it to reach the last eight after Mitchell missed five chances to save the match.
Lorraine Winstanley 2 Vs 0 Tricia Wright
Women’s World No 1 Lorraine Winstanley meets Anastasia Dobromyslova in the last eight after a straight-sets win over Tricia Wright. Winstanley arrived at the Lakeside as a player in form and outplayed Wright, dropping just one leg.
Danny Noppert 1 Vs 4 Mark McGeeney
No 2 seed Mark McGeeney had finishes of 160, 120 and 127 in his 4-1 win over Danny Noppert, last year’s beaten finalist. Noppert won the opening set against the darts, but after that, he couldn’t stay with McGeeney. He levelled the match, added the third set with a ‘Shanghai’ finish and won the crucial fourth for a 3-1 scoreline after Noppert missed a chance to make it 2-2. McGeeney took out 127 to move to the brink of victory in the fifth set and then held for the match.
He said afterwards: “I set myself two goals at the start of last year. The first was to be World No 1 and the other was to be World Champion. “I’ve done one of them and now I’ve got to try to do the other. “I’ve always believed I can win the world title.”