BDO World Trophy Day Three Head to Head
Andy Baetens (12) vs Justin Thompson
Opening our final day of first round matches will be number 12 seed, Andy Baetens and Australian International, Justin Thompson. Baetens, the current England and Belgium Masters Champion reached the quarters of the BDO World Champions back in January. Thompson, however, also finds himself in good form, having claimed titles at The Sunshine State Classic, Murray Bridge Classic and Newcastle Classic this year alone. This will be the fist time the pair will meet, and the debutants be looking for a good performance to ensure they progress into the last 16.
Scott Waites (5) vs Scott Baker
The two-times World Champion Scott Waites will face up and coming tour regular, Scott Baker. Baker, who makes his WDT debut, has had a successful few seasons, which has seen his quickly climb the rankings, and he already holds 3 BDO ranked titles, including the 2017 Welsh Masters and the 2018 German Masters. He will face tough opposition from Waites; the two-times World Champion knows how to perform on these big occasions and will be looking to improve on his WDT best of the quarter-finals.
Anastasia Dobromyslova (5) vs Rhian O’Sullivan
The second ladies’ qualifier, Rhian O’Sullivan, will face the 2014 WDT Champion, Anastasia Dobromyslova in her debut. O’Sullivan battled though a tough field, beating fellow Welshwoman Nikki Goldsmith, Challenge Tour regular, Rachel Brooks and Northern Ireland’s Robbie Byrne to claim her spot at the WDT. O’Sullivan is a two-times World professional runner-up, and 2016 WDF Europe Cup Pairs Champion for Wales. The pair have faced each other once before at the 2016 Welsh Open, which went O’Sullivan’s way, but Dobromyslova will enter the tournament in excellent form, with wins in Scotland and Northern Ireland and a runners-up spot in the 2018 World Professional Championships.
Martin Phillips (9) vs Darius Labanauskas
Last year’s runner-up, Martin Phillips kicks-off his 2018 campaign against Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas. Phillips, the number nine seed is enjoying anther good season, winning the Romanian Open in January and claiming runner-up spots in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Labanauskas already holds 22 BDO ranking titles, most recently winning the Lithuanian Open in front of a home crowd. The pair have never met before, but their experience in the game should prove for another top-quality match!
Willem Mandigers (8) vs Richie Edwards
Our fifth game of the evening will see the number eight seed, Willem Mandigers face ‘Tricky’ Richie Edwards. The pair met back in 2017, at the Hal Open, which Mandigers won 4-1 and he enters the tournament having recently won his third BDO ranking event, the Denmark Open. Edwards himself is climbing the ranking table and has enjoyed semi-final appearances in both the England Open and the Vizcaya International Open.
Lisa Ashton (4) vs Corrine Hammond
Our final first round ladies match will be between current World Champion, ‘The Lancashire Rose’ Lisa Ashton and Australian International, Corrine Hammond. The pair have faced each other on several occasions, and whilst Ashton has won the majority, their last two encounters have gone Hammonds way. With 37 and 38 BDO ranking titles respectively, these two know what it takes to win titles, and this should be another exciting clash to see who progresses into the last 8 of the ladies tournament!
Jeffrey Sparidaans (16) vs Tony O’Shea
Fan-favourite, ‘Silverback’ Tony O’Shea has been drawn against 16th seed, Dutch International, Jeffrey Sparidaans. The pair met in the 2017 Turkish Open final, where O’Shea took the title 6-4. Sparidaans makes his WDT debut, having had wins at the 2017 England Classic and Hungarian Classic, but will face tough opposition from the three-time Lakeside World Championship runner-up. O’Shea made the 2016 quarter-finals and will be looking to have a good run this year and break back into the top 16!
Glen Durrant vs Dafydd Edwards
The number one seed and current BDO World Champion will face qualifier Dafydd Edwards in the final first round clash. Duzza needs little introduction, with 25 BDO ranking titles including two World Championships, he will be keen to progress past his WDT best of the quarter-finals. His opponent, Edwards, makes his WDT debut having overcome challenges from Scotland’s Jim McEwan, Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams and Mark Pritchard. Despite Edwards keeping a low profile on the BDO circuit, he has twice had the honour of representing Wales at international level and will be keen to follow in the footsteps of qualifiers Borland and Hogarth, who have already progressed into the last 16.