Lakeside 2018 Day 4 Session 1 Report
Jim Williams 3 Vs 2 Dennis Nilsson
No 9 seed Jim Williams came back from the brink to edge out Dennis Nilsson in a five-set thriller in one of the best matches of the championship. Nilsson was 66 points away from victory in the fourth leg of the third set and with defeat a near certainty should he miss, Williams found double top with his last dart to complete a 96 check out. Nilsson then threw for the match in the next and again, Williams rose to the challenge, breaking for the set. He then went on to level the match at 2-2.
The fifth set went to a tie break at 2-2 and Williams got a crucial break in the fifth leg, stepping across the oche to steer his last dart into double 10. Full of confidence, Williams kicked off the sixth leg with a maximum 180 to set up a match-winning hold of the throw.
Richard Veenstra 3 Vs 2 Kyle McKinstry
There was another titanic tungsten tussle between No 11 seed Richard Veenstra and Kyle McKinstry. Veenstra went through 3-2 – despite nine maximum 180s from the Irishman.
Veenstra looked in complete control at 2-0 and with the match apparently beyond him, McKinstry suddenly found his ‘A’ game. He won six of the next seven legs to level the match at 2-2, kick starting his charge with an 11 darter and wrapping up the fourth set with a 144 check out. The match swung back Veenstra’s way after he broke in the opening leg of the fifth set and he saw out the match by holding his throw.
Aileen De Graaf 2 Vs 0 Paula Jacklin
Women’s No 2 seed Aileen de Graaf got her world-championship bid underway with a straight-sets win over Paula Jacklin. De Graaf didn’t drop a leg in the 2-0 win and now meets 10 times world champion Trina Gulliver in the quarter finals. Jacklin had darts to win both the opening two legs, missed and de Graaf took a grip on the match.
Geert de Vos 3 Vs 1 Derk Telnekes
No 6 seed Geert De Vos got through the first round at the Lakeside for the seventh successive year, overcoming Derk Telnekes 3-1. De Vos fired in five maximum 180s in the opening seven legs, but couldn’t shake off Telnekes and at 1-1, the match was in the balance. Both struggled to hit the doubles throughout and it was the Belgian who snapped up his chances better to reach the last 16 again.