Mikuru Suzuki retains her BDO Ladies World Championship title as she defeated Lisa Ashton in
straight sets on Saturday evening. After coming through a tough encounter with Beau Greaves in the
semi-final, the Japanese star saved her best stuff for the final.
Ashton had not dropped a set on route to the final, but found herself in trouble early on against
Suzuki. With both players averaging in the high 80’s, it was the ruthless finishing of Suzuki that gave
her the initiative.
‘The Lancashire Rose’ would have chances to close out the first set but couldn’t make them count,
Suzuki once again showing her ruthless side as she powered into a 2-0 lead. It would be plane sailing
for there on as the pressure heaped on Ashton. Suzuki winning the title for a second successive year,
beating the number one seed in the final.
It will be an all Welsh BDO Men’s final as Wayne Warren and Jim Williams both won through their
respective semi-finals on Saturday evening.
After a quick start from 2015 World Champion Scott Mitchell, Warren was able to peg him back
going into the first interval. ‘Yank’ would take the lad for the first time in the contest as the 2-1
scoreline was reversed with Warren leading 3-2.
Despite six perfect darts in the pivotal leg of set six, a magnificent 121 checkout from Mitchell would
peg him back to 3-3. From there on Warren would put down a marker, stamping his authority on the
game as he reached a first World Championship final aged 58.
He later found out he would face good friend Jim Williams in the final after he squeezed past Mario
Vandenbogaerde. In a game of consistent scoring and the occasional missed double, it was
impossible to separate the two as they went stride by stride in the opening six sets.
That was when Williams would make his advantage count, nailing two consecutive sets and making
Vandenbogaerde pay for missed doubles. Despite a brief comeback from the Belgian, Williams would
finally close out the contest, setting up that all Welsh final for Sunday evening.
In the World Youth Final, Keane Barry proved to have too much for 13-year-old Leighton Bennett as
he recorded a 3-0 scoreline. ‘Boom Boom’ defeated Nathan Girvan to claim the title 12 months again
but the superior big stage experience of the Irishman was a factor as he claimed the crucial opening
Bennett missed two darts at double 16 to make things square, allowing Barry to double his
advantage as he steamed towards the title. It would all be wrapped up In the third set as confidence
continued to flow for Barry, who adds another prestigious trophy to his cabinet.
Wayne Warren 6-3 Scott Mitchell
Keane Barry 3-0 Leighton Bennett
Jim Williams 6-4 Mario Vandenbogaerde
Mikuru Suzuki 3-0 Lisa Ashton
By Josh Green (@JoshGreenMedia) Photo credit – Tip Top Pics