The men’s last 32 action continued on Friday evening as 16 more of the BDO’s best took to the stage in Essex as they began their campaign in looking to be crowned World Master.
After the earlier exits of both Richard Veenstra and Dave Parletti, former BDO World Champion Scott Mitchell exited the tournament at the hands of British Open finalist Mike Warburton. ‘Scotty Dog’ had initially taken a two set lead, but ‘Warby’ reeled off four consecutive legs, and then a deciding set to seal his place in round two.
Both Wesley Harms and Dennie Olde Kalter bowed out in the qualifying rounds earlier in the week, meaning only two Dutch players were involved in the main competition. Willem Mandigers and Roemer Mooijman moved into the last 16 as they recorded comfortable wins over Marty Moreland and Paul Harvey respectively.
After a 12 year break from the game, Mario Vandenbogaerde has returned to the BDO circuit with a vengeance, and he can now add a win at the Circus Tavern to his resume. The Belgian defeated Eirig Rowlands in the second game of the evening session to book his place in round two.
It’s been a positive weekend so far for the Irish with Keane Barry and Katie Sheldon winning in the youth events, and Ciaran Teehan progressing in the men’s event. Keith Garraghty and John O’Shea were added to that list as they won their games to the score of 3-1 in Essex.
Garraghty was particularly impressive, after not dropping a set in the whole of qualifying, Thibault Tricole would peg him back. But it was only momentary as Garraghty won on his television debut.
Paul Hogan would keep his hopes of a first major title alive in the penultimate first round match, overturning a 2-0 deficit against Joe Davis in spectacular fashion as he marched on. Scott Waites concluded the evening’s action in spectacular fashion, taking out a 164 checkout, the highest of tournament so far, as he completed the last 16 line-up for the mens tournament
By Josh Green (@JoshGreenMedia)
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