BDO World Trophy Day One Head to Head
Ross Montgomery (6) vs Daniel Day
An exciting opening match against Scottish stalwart, Ross Montgomery, and one of England’s newest internationals, Dan Day. Montgomery, the number 6 seed and current BDO British Open Champion last played Day in the semi-finals of West Fries, where Montgomery won in straight sets. They also met in the final of the 2016 Jersey Classic, which went 5-3 in Montgomery’s favour, however, this season has seen Dan rise through the rankings, claiming his first BDO ranked event in Romania and a last 32 spot in the 2018 World Championships. Montgomery will be looking to go one step further than his 2014 runner-up spot, but with debutant Day in such good form, it could be too close to call!
Deta Hedman (3) vs Roz Bulmer (q)
With over 130 BDO titles under her belt, Deta Hedman is no stranger to the big stage. She will face debutant, Roz Bulmer, who fought her way through the qualifiers to secure her place in this years WDT. Bulmer, a Norfolk county player for over 10 years, is a newcomer to the tour, but she has found her form quickly and is currently ranked World Number 20! The Denmark Open saw Bulmer edge out Hedman 4-3, only for Hedman to beat her the following day 4-0 in the semi-final of the Denmark Masters. Hedman’s best WDT run was in 2014, where she made the quarter finals, however with recent victories at the Dutch Open, Denmark Masters and Welsh Open, Hedman is currently playing at the top of her game!
Gary Robson (11) vs Ryan Hogarth (q)
Ryan Hogarth is the first of the Men’s qualifiers to take to the WDT stage this year. The 26-year-old debutant, nicknamed Headhunter, was a quarter-finalist at the 2017 Scottish Classic and has been a regular on the Youth Development Tour. He faces BDO regular, World Number 11, Gary Robson. Robson was a WDT Trophy semi-finalist in 2014 and has won six BDO ranked titles in his career, including the 2016 England National Singles. Although Hogarth is a relatively unknown quantity, he battled through a quality field to reach the finals and the Scotsman could cause problems for Big Robbo.
Sharon Prins (6) vs Tricia Wright
The Racing Angel, Sharon Prins, is a former WDT quarter-finalist and enters the tournament seeded 6th. Her opponent for the opening round is England International, Tricia Wright. The pair met most recently in the Isle of Man Classic Semi-final, where Prins won 4-2. Prins holds five BDO titles, including the 2017 EDO London Classic and the 2017 Belfry Open, and has enjoyed a successful season. Despite being a WDT debutant, Wright has over 35 years of playing experience to draw on, including 9 International appearances and eight BDO titles. If both ladies perform to their full potential, this could be a close-run game.
Kyle McKinstry (14) vs Jon Worsley
Northern Ireland’s Kyle McKinstry will face the second qualifier, Jon Worsley. Worsley has featured most recently on the Challenge Tour, reaching a semi-final in 2015, and secured his place in the finals with wins over World Number 66, Paul Brown and Stuart Kellett. McKinstry is also a WDT debutant and appeared in his first major earlier this year when he qualified for the World Championships. 2017 saw McKinstry claimed his first two BDO titles in 2017, winning the HAL Masters and Northern Ireland Open. This match will be the first time the two have played each other.
Scott Mitchell (3) vs Pengiran Mohamed
2015 World Champion and current England Captain Scott Mitchell will face Asian qualifier, Pengiran Mohamed. P.G. Mohamed made his first major appearance at the 2018 World Professionals, where he battled through a field of 200+ to claim his place only to lose first round to an in-form Gary Robson. P.G. Mohamed will face tough opposition in Mitchell; the number three seed enters the tournament off the back of recent successes in Germany and Denmark and will be keen to improve on his tournament best of the quarter finals.
Aileen de Graaf (2) vs Maria O’Brien
Aileen de Graaf starts her defence of the Women’s World Darts Trophy against England’s Maria O’Brien. Although de Graaf has emerged victorious from their last three meetings, O’Brien recent form has been rewarded by her inclusion in the four-player Europe Cup squad for England. De Graaf’s experience boasts c.30 ranked titles, and she will be looking to emulate her success last year and retain the title, however, as this is only O’Brien’s second major appearance, the 2017 Romanian Classic Champion will be keen to show what she can do on the big stage.
James Hurrell (10) vs Peter Machin
The final match of the evening will see the reigning WDT Champion Peter ‘Machie’ Machin take on number 10 seed, James ‘Hillbilly’ Hurrell. Machin has the best record in the history of the Men’s WDT, with a win and a runner-up spot under his belt and the two-times Australian Grand Master will be looking to retain his title. Despite Hurrell’s recent health scare at Christmas which made him miss out on the 2018 World Championships, he has made a good recovery, is back on the tour and climbing up the seasonal table. Hurrell, the 2017 BDO International Champion will be looking to build on his recent successes and stop Machin in his tracks