BDO World Trophy Day 2 Report
Another sensational night of darts at the Preston Guildhall sees tournament hopefuls Mark McGeeney, Jim Williams, Lorraine Winstanley and Fallon Sherrock all move safely through to the next round of the BDO World Darts Trophy.
Ladies World Darts Trophy – Day 2
Fresh from doing the double in Bruges, Fallon Sherrock was looking to take her form in to the opening round against Welsh International, Rhian Griffiths. The first 4 legs all went with the throw, with both Sherrock and Griffiths missing darts at double to break their opponent. Missed doubles from Griffiths in the fifth leg saw Sherrock capitalise and take the lead for the first time in the match and a timely 16-dart leg ensured her a 4-2 win and a last 8 clash with England teammate Maria O’Brien.
The 10 times Ladies World Champion, Trina Gulliver MBE was hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s WDT quarter-final, where she lost 4-1 to Anca Zijlstra. Gulliver put herself in a good position to break early in the match, however, with nine darts missed at the double, The Phoenix swooped in to hold her throw. With every leg going with throw, Zijlstra held onto the advantage in the final leg and knocked out Gulliver 4-3.
Number 1 seed, Lorraine Winstanley came racing out of the blocks against Lincolnshire’s Paula Jacklin. Winstanley took to first two legs in 18 and 16 darts, however, double trouble in the third leg for both players proved costly for Jacklin as Winstanley held her nerve and took a 3-0 lead. Jacklin fought back in the fourth with an 18-dart leg, but Winstanley’s power scoring in the fifth and a 105 checkout secured her the win 4-1 with a 76.77 average.
Men’s World Darts Trophy – Day 2
Wesley ‘Sparky’ Harms lived up to his nickname with an electric opening performance against Welsh International Wayne Warren. Warren was quick out of the blocks, and despite missing doubles in the first, took the lead at 2-1. However, powerful scoring from Harms soon saw him race ahead to a 4-2 lead. Warren piled on the pressure to break Harms in the seventh leg, with a well-timed 116 finish, however, Warren missed vital darts to finish 90 and hold his thrown in the eighth. Harms checked out the final leg in 15 darts to win 6-3 with a 96.36 average
Germany’s Michael Unterbuchner claimed a comfortable 6-1 win over the number 15 seed, Dean Reynolds. Unterbuchner burst onto the scenes back in January at the World Championships, reaching the semi-finals and seems unfazed by the big occasion. Reynolds suffered an early blow, when Unterbuchner checked out on 110 whilst sat on 24, and despite holding his throw in the fourth leg, never settled into the match. Unterbuchner’s win sees him face current World Number 1, Mark McGeeney in the last 16.
The standout game of the evening was between number 2 seed, Mark McGeeney and Chris Landman of the Netherland’s. McGeeney looked unstoppable, charging into a 4-0 lead, but Landman clearly had other ideas. The current World Number 12 stormed the next four legs to even the match, checking out on 72, 143, 66 and 81 along the way. McGeeney remained calm and confident in his game to hold his throw in the ninth leg in 14 darts, just edging Landman out in the tenth to claim the match 6-4 with a 98.37 average.
Another 2018 WDT qualifier, William Borland, rises to the occasion and slays Conan ‘The Barbarian’ Whitehead with a convincing 6-1 victory. Whitehead did little wrong, but the 21-year-old from West Lothian settled into his rhythm quickly, and consistent scoring coupled with a 75% checkout rate saw the debutant claim a last 16 clash with number 4 seed, Jim Williams.
A clinical performance from Jim Williams sees him safely through to the last 16, winning his match 6-3 against 2017 Belgium Open Champion, Derk Telnekes. After a promising start from Telnekes, which saw the match level at 2-2, he began to struggle under the unrelenting pressure from Williams and was quickly 5-2 behind. Telnekes held on to take the eighth leg, before Williams, saving his best leg till last, went out in 14 darts with a 90.12 average.