BDO World Trophy Day 3 Report
With four World Champions in line-up, last night promised to deliver another spectacular display of darting prowess, and it didn’t disappoint as Durrant, Ashton and Dobromyslova all storm into the next round.
Ladies World Darts Trophy – Day 3
There were only two first round games left to complete the ladies quarter-finals line-up. Anastasia Dobromyslova was clinical in her 4-0 victory over Welsh International, Rhian O’Sullivan. Dobromyslova’s superior scoring denied O’Sullivan a shot at a double in the first three legs, and despite missed doubles in the fourth, O’Sullivan wasn’t able to capitalise, and Dobromyslova crossed the line with a 74.22 average.
Dobromyslova’s win will see her face reigning World Champion, Lisa Ashton, who took a comfortable 4-0 win over Australia’s Corrine Hammond. Both players were slow to settle into the match before Ashton fired in a 14-dart leg to put herself one away from victory. As Hammond struggled to find the target, Ashton took the initiative and fired in a 102 checkout to take the match with a 79.11.
Mens World Darts Trophy – Day 3
Andy Baetens claimed his spot in the last 16 with a 6-4 victory over Australian International, Justin Thomson. Baetens took an early 2-1 lead with a spectacular 147 to break Thomson, however it was short lived as Thomson broke straight back in 15 darts. Thomson looked to be in control at 4-3, however a missed opportunity to break in the eighth saw Baetens draw level. Thomson missed three darts at double in the ninth and Baetens checked out to put him one leg away from round 2. Baetens held his throw in the final leg to win with an 82.20.
Scott Waites and Scott Baker had a belter of a battle in the first match of the week to go all eleven legs. Waites, a two-times World Champion, kicked off with 180 and immediately broke Baker’s throw, however Baker, making his WDT debut, took an early 2-1 lead, showing his intent with a 12-dart second leg to break straight back, which included a 161 checkout. With the darts now going with throw, at 4-3, Baker fires in an 11-dart leg to break Waites for the second time. Waites dug deep to hold throw and produce a 13 darter in the tenth to rebalance the scores at 5-5. A nervy last leg saw Baker hold throw to take the match 6-5 with an impressive 95.34.
Welsh legend, Martin Phillips 2018 WDT hopes were dashed by some steady play from the Lithuanian Open Champion, Darius Labanauskas. Phillips took the first leg for an early lead, however with the scores level at 2-2 Labanauskas took the next four leg in 17, 16, 18 and 16 to win the match 6-2 and a place in round 2 against another Welshman, Richie Edwards.
Another seed tumbles from the competition, as Richie Edwards defeats the number eight, Willem Mandigers. Every leg went with throw until, at 4-3, after Mandigers missed bull to hold his throw, only for Edwards to go out in 15-darts. Mandigers piled on the pressure with a well-timed 180 to set himself up on a double to break back, however Edwards held his nerve, taking the match 6-3 with an 84.57.
Tony O’Shea looked to be in great form as he ousts Dutch star, the number 16 seed, Jeffrey Sparidaans 6-1. O’Shea opened up the match with a 14-dart leg to hold his throw, and almost broke Sparidaans in the second, wiring 36 for a 110 checkout. Sparidaans levelled at 1-1, but O’Shea’s relentless scoring and effective finishing saw Silverback safely into the last 16.
O’Shea will face the number one seed, Glen Durrant in the next round, who took looked impressive in his 6-2 win over Welsh International, Dafydd Edwards. Edwards showed great composure as Durrant stormed into a 3-0 lead in 15, 13 and 10 darts to take the fourth leg. Averaging over 100 for most of the match, Duzza took the next two legs with in 14 darts, before Edwards broke the two-times World Champion in the seventh leg. Edwards missed darts to hold in the eight, before Durrant stepped to win with a 98.56.