The 2019 BDO World Trophy action continued at Blackburn’s King Georges’ Hall on Saturday as thewomen took centre stage, with all eight first round matches being played. There were also 16 men in
action as the quarter-final line-up for Sunday afternoon was confirmed.
Former World Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova got the action underway as she demolished
Sharon Prins in the opening match of the afternoon session. She will now face Maria O’Brien as the
Plymouth born thrower came through a last leg decider to defeat former pairs partner Deta
In the match of the round in the women’s competition, Mikuru Suzuki ended Fallon Sherrock’s reign
as World Trophy champion. Despite leading for much of the content, Suzuki overcame the odds as
she defeated her main competitor for the title in just the first round.
The draw doesn’t get any easier for the Japanese sensation as she now faces number three seed
Aileen de Graaf in round two. The Dutchwoman was impressive in 4-0 whitewash of girlfriend
Priscilla Steenbergen, as the television debutant struggled under the lights.
Lorraine Winstanley was pushed all the way by qualifier Kirsty Hutchinson in her first-round
encounter. Hutchinson has been consistent in recent floor events but showed that form can translate
to the big stage. Unfortunately for her, the experience of former World finalist Winstanley was one
step too far on the night. She will meet Laura Turner in the quarter-finals after the Surrey thrower
saw off Paula Jacklin to seal her first victory in front of the cameras.
Despite being far from her best, home town star Lisa Ashton easily saw off Corrine Hammond in
round one. ‘The Lancashire Rose’ knows she will have to improve is she is to defeat Casey Gallagher,
who defeated 10-time World Champion Trina Gulliver, to reach this stage.
In the men’s competition, Scott Mitchell was the biggest casualty the fall at the second hurdle. The
Dorset thrower had match darts to see off Sebastian Steyer, but the Pole continues to impress on his
BDO major debut.
Roger Janssen will be his adversary in round two, ‘Gizmo’ continued his dream run on Saturday
afternoon, defeating fellow Belgian Mario Vandenbogaerde. Janssen reached the same stage in
2018, and has proved to be a tough nut to crack in recent competition, could this be the weekend for
‘Gizmo’? In what was billed as the match of the round, Wesley Harms took on ‘The Hammer’ Andy Hamilton.
After a disappointing World Championship campaign, Hamilton was relieved to get through day one.
A 170 checkout from Hamilton was the highlight in leg seven, but Harms stayed steady on the outer
ring to book his place in round three. The former electrician will now face Mark McGrath in the quarter-finals after the New Zealander saw off tournament dark horse Martijn Kleermaker. McGrath has already defeated two Dutchmen on route, Harms will be hoping he doesn’t make it three.
Number one seed Richard Veenstra continued his march towards a first BDO major title after he
defeated Nick Kenny in a nervy lack leg decider in Blackburn. Following a quick start from the aptly named ‘Flyers’, Kenny forced his way back into the contest, but the Welshman couldn’t nail the
Veenstra now faces Daniel Day after the England international saw off his second consecutive seeded
opponent. It was a much-improved performance from Day as he battled back to wipe the smile off
Wayne Warren’s face as he was sent packing on Saturday afternoon.
Joe Chaney looks to be the form player going into the final day of action after the Tennessee native
whitewashed Willem Mandigers in round two. The American has never really fulfilled his potential
on the big stage, but this could be the weekend for ‘Chainsaw’. He will now meet Jim Williams in Sunday’s quarter-finals. The tournament favourite was pushed all the way by Scott Taylor, who averaged 104 in round one, but it was Williams who prevailed. After another excellent trophy haul in 2019, ‘The Quiff’ will be looking to add his first piece of major silverware come Sunday evening.
Ladies – Last 16
Anastasia Dobromysova 4-0 Sharon Prins
Casey Gallagher 4-0 Trina Gulliver MBE
Aileen de Graaf 4-0 Priscilla Steenbergen
Mikuru Suzuki 4-3 Fallon Sherrock
Lisa Ashton 4-0 Corrine Hammond
Lorraine Winstanley 4-3 Kirsty Hutchinson
Laura Turner 4-1 Paula Jacklin
Maria O’Brien 4-3 Deta Hedman
Men’s – Last 16
Roger Janssen 5-3 Mario Vandenbogaerde
Mark McGrath 5-0 Martijn Kleermaker
Daniel Day 5-4 Wayne Warren
Richard Veenstra 5-4 Nick Kenny
Joe Chaney 5-0 Willem Mandigers
Sebastian Steyer 5-4 Scott Mitchell
Wesley Harms 5-3 Andy Hamilton
Jim Williams 5-4 Scott Taylor
By Josh Green (@JoshGreenMedia)