Lisa Ashton was crowned the BDO World Trophy Ladies champion as she defeated Anastasia
Dobromyslova in Sunday’s final. ‘The Lancashire Rose’ was crowned champion in 2015 and 2016, but
has had to wait patiently for her third World Trophy crown.
Ashton had earlier defeated Aileen de Graaf to reach the final, but she did not have it all her own
way. The home county hero was pushed all the way until the duo played out a last leg decider, where
Ashton’s class was on full show. Aa maximum closely followed by a 134 checkout meant she would
contest the final.
It would be more straight-forward for Dobromyslova as she whitewashed good friend Lorraine
Winstanley in the double quick fashion. The Russian remained calm on the outer ring, and made
Winstanley pay for some loose scoring as she prepared for a blockbuster of a final.
The home county crowd were fully behind there hero as she saved her best performance for last in
the final. But it was Anastasia who was quicker out of the blocks reeling off the first two legs.
Only then was it when Ashton turned on the power, shifting into fifth gear as scoring picked up and
she took the advantage. In fact it would be six legs on the spin as Lisa Ashton was crowned the 2019
BDO World Trophy champion in front of her adoring Lancashire crowd.
In the men’s competition, Jim Williams was crowed champion at the King Georges Hall. The
Welshman went into the tournament as favourite and he certainly didn’t disappoint. Before making
his final appearance, Williams had to take care of surprise package Mark McGrath.
The New Zealander had already seen off several big names on route to the semi-final stage, but from
the outset it was clear Williams was not going to be added to that list. By the big point break
Williams had a 6-1 advantage, and it was just two short legs later he would secure his place in the
Williams would face Richard Veenstra in the final after ‘Flyers’ edged out Sebastian Steyer. Veenstra
would be quick out of the blocks, taking out checkouts of 106 and 146 as he took control in the early
stages. The Dutchman held a 5-0 advantage and looked to be cruising into the final, but that’s when Steyer
started to play to his potential. He would close to the gap to a single leg, but as the pressure began
to build once again, Veenstra made it pay, booking his place alongside Williams in the final.
The final would be hotly contested as expected, with Williams once again started quickly. The
Welshman has dealt with the favourite tag magnificently all weekend and this match was no
different. Williams scored heavily throughout and always seemed to be one step ahead of Veenstra, despite
losing a break going into the interval. He would return with a fire in his Belly, reeling off a 13-darter
to extend his cushion, eventually tying up proceedings 8-6 in a barn-storming final.
Along with the title of 2019 BDO World Trophy champion and his first major title in the BDO,
Williams picks up £8000 for his weekend endeavours.