BDO World Trophy Day Four Head To Head
Ross Montgomery (6) vs Ryan Hogarth
Scotland teammates Ross Montgomery and Ryan Hogarth will face each other in a last 16 clash which, based on their impressive opening rounds, will be one to watch! Montgomery maintained a 94.28 against England’s Daniel Day, and Hogarth and 89.29, which included an impressive 170 checkout against the number 11 seed, Gary Robson. The pair will both be representing Scotland in the 2018 Six Nations later this year, and last met at the 2015 Scottish Singles final, which Montgomery won.
Roz Bulmer vs Sharon Prins (6)
Roz Bulmer was calm under pressure in her first-round defeat of England Captain, Deta Hedman. She faces the number six seed, Sharon Prins who was equally as impressive in her opening round against Tricia Wright. Bulmer is a relative newcomer to the tour but has already taken impressive wins over Corrine Hammond and Aileen de Graaf. The pair have yet to meet in competition, but as a two-time World Championships semi-finalist and WDF Europe Cup Singles Champion, Prins is no stranger to the big stage and Bulmer will have her work cut out if she is to progress into the semi-finals.
Kyle McKinstry (14) vs Scott Mitchell (3)
Another exciting second round draw which sees the 2015 World Champion, Scott Mitchell, pitted against the cool and quietly confident Kyle McKinstry – and McKinstry has every good reason to be confident. The Village Man has the highest tournament average so far and with two BDO titles under his belt this season, McKinstry’s game is going from strength to strength. He faces a wealth of experience and talent in Mitchell. Mitchell took titles in both Denmark and Germany this year, and despite a slow start against Pengiran Mohamed, he motored home in the last 4 legs. They have met once before, in the 2017 Swedish Open, which Mitchell won 4-2, however if both bring their A game, this could be too close to call!.
Peter Machin vs Wesley Harms (7)
Wesley Harms will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last years semi-final against Peter Machin, which saw him bow out 8-6. Machin has arguably the best record in the WDT and will be looking to hold onto his title. Sparky was electric in first round clash with Wayne Warren, winning 6-3 with a 96.36. Machin also won 6-3, against the number 10 seed, James Hurrell. Based on their form this season, Harms enters the match as favourite, but Machin has proven year-on-year that he is one to beat in this tournament.
Maria O’Brien vs Fallon Sherrock (7)
Maria O’Brien took a nail-biting victory over the 2017 WDT Champion, Aileen de Graaf in her first-round match. She faces the in-form Fallon Sherrock, who knocked out Welsh International, Rhian Griffiths in her opening game 4-2. The pair have faced each other once before, in the semi-finals of the 2017 Gold Cup, which Sherrock won 4-1. O’Brien is a fierce competitor, and if she can settle into her rhythm quickly, will be tough to beat, but the composed Sherrock will be riding high, fresh off the back of double victories in Belgium.
Michael Unterbuchner vs Mark McGeeney (2)
The final game of the session is a repeat of the 2018 World Championship semi-finals, which Mark McGeeney won 4-2. McGeeney also faced Michael Unterbuchner twice in the Isle of Man earlier this year, with both games going McGeeney’s way. McGeeney has had a great season, retaining the Dutch Open title and regaining his World number one spot. However, Unterbuchner has proven he is a top competitor, and he looked impressive in his 6-1 win over Dean Reynolds.