Lakeside 2018 Day 7 Session 2 Report
Deta Hedman 0 Vs 2 Lisa Ashton
Defending champion Lisa Ashton survived a semi-final scare against Deta Hedman. For two legs, Hedman was unplayable. She broke in the opening leg, then held, but went on to miss five set-winning chances in the third leg and Ashton turned the set around. She levelled the set with a 92 check out on the bulls eye and after Hedman missed another chance in the fifth leg, Ashton cashed in for the set. The opening two legs of the second set went Ashton’s way – and then she wobbled. Hedman got it back to 2-2 and after she missed two for the set, Ashton found the match-winning double at the fifth attempt. Ashton meets Anastasia Dobromyslova in Saturday afternoon’s final.
Richard Veenstra 4 Vs 5 Michael Unterbuchner
Michael Unterbuchner pulled off another shock to reach the semi finals at the Lakeside. He saw off Richard Veenstra in nine back-and-forth sets. Veenstra was 2-0 up, missed chances for the third set – and went on to find himself 4-2 down. Unterbuchner missed match darts in both the seventh and eighth sets and Veenstra capitalised. He forced a deciding ninth set and as it turned out, Unterbuchner had more left in the tank. He got a crucial early break in the opening leg with his highest finish of the championship. With Veenstra sitting on 32, Unterbuchner took aim at 130 and found treble 20, treble 20 and double five. From there, the German didn’t look back.
Mark McGeeney 5 Vs 4 Wayne Warren
The fourth men’s quarter final also went to a deciding ninth set – and No 2 seed Mark McGeeney came through it in a tie break. “I don’t know how I won that,” said McGeeney. Warren did lead 3-1 and should have had a dart at double top in the eighth set. But he couldn’t find single 20 and McGeeney made the most of the reprieve. McGeeney had won the opening set and for the next three sets, Warren didn’t miss much as he went 3-1 ahead. McGeeney pegged back the fifth against the darts and threw beautifully in the crucial sixth set to level. Warren held for 4-3 and when he fashioned a match-winning chance in the eighth set, his aim faltered and McGeeney came through. He got the all-important break of throw in the fifth leg of the decider and then held for the match.