The giant killings continued as both the number two and four seeds fell at the second hurdle in the 2017 BDO World Trophy. Crowd favourites Glen Durrant and Andy Fordham also took to the stage in another action packed day in Barry.
Welsh favourite Martin Phillips produced a dazzling performance to convincingly dump out second seed Mark McGeeney. The Red Dragon’s skipper was millimetres from adding a second nine darter to his resume; failing on the eighth dart. His unrelenting scoring gave even the highly fancied McGeeney little chance of a resurgence. Phillips is a man of few words, but I’m sure the darting world will have plenty to say after this performance.
Fellow BDO veteran Martin Adams settled the quarter-final line-up in the mens bracket after dispatching one of the most promising players on the BDO circuit. Having made his breakthrough into the top 16 last year, Reynolds was looking to add a major title to his CV. The experienced Adams settled the quicker; 104 and 107 check-outs putting him in control. After extending his lead to 5-1, Reynolds began his comeback, three legs won without reply. But ‘Wolfie’ confirmed he will return tomorrow afternoon, taking out tops to seal a 6-4 victory.
Welsh wonderkid Nick Kenny put Jeff Smith to sword, drowning the Canadian in a punishing 6-0, containing huge scores and sensational combination finishes. Kenny broke the throw in the first leg and never looked back. His spectacular 142 checkout in leg four compounded the misery for Smith, who will fly back to New Brunswick thinking what could have been.
Ross Montgomery weaved his way into the quarter finals after negotiating a tricky second round tie with Willem Mandigers. The Boss dominated the inaugural stages, taking a commanding 4-1 lead. But Mandigers would take 3 of the next four legs to leave the contest in the balance. The Scot would then fire in a third maximum of the match to give himself the breathing room round off an excellent victory.
Conan Whitehead will find himself in unfamiliar territory after progressing to the quarter final stage for the first time in a BDO major event. For the majority of the contest it appeared the Danish Open champion Darius Labanauskas would find himself in the final eight. But After reeling off three consecutive legs, the Barbarian bullied the Lithuanian into a last leg shoot-out. Which after applying a sixth maximum he would cruise into the quarter finals.
After Danny Noppert and Mark Veenstra crashed out in round one, Wesley Harms was the only remaining Dutchman in the competition. He kept his country’s hopes alive by fighting back from a two leg deficit to defeat James Hurrell. The 32-year-old Hurrell was out of the blocks quickly before the former Electrician notched up five legs on the trot to throw his name into the hat for the quarter-final’s.
Tournament favourite Glen Durrant cruised into the next round, defeating a returning Andy Fordham on the Barry stage. The gentle giant held his own through the first six legs, but the class of Middlesbrough based Durrant shone through in the latter stages. Adding to his ten dart leg earlier in the match, Durrant would rack up six 180’s and a further two 12 dart legs.
Last year’s runner-up Peter Machin conquered the challenge of 2015 World Champion Scott Mitchell. In truth it could’ve been a completely different story had the latter taken his chances. As Bobby Locke once said; “Drive for show, putt for dough”. It is the same in darts, you can bash in the heavy scoring, but if you can’t hit the outer rim, it’s game over. Mitchell will be disappointed with his showing, but will come back strong for the next major.
Aileen De Graaf was the first female participant to work her way into the finals day picture at the BDO World Trophy 2017. She amply decimated Rhian Griffiths, who had not dropped a leg in her first round match against Lorraine Winstanley. The former World Masters champion is yet to make her mark in the World Trophy, but with performances like this, 2017 could be her year.
First round giant killer Anca Zijlstra joined Dutch counterpart De Graaf in the semi-finals. Despite not re-creating the scintillating performance from the first round, her steady scoring was the key to the door, that allowed her to stroll into finals day past an out of sorts Trina Gulliver.
BDO veteran Deta Hedman survived a scare against Rachael Brooks to join the array of talent in the final four. In a drawn-out encounter, the Dark Destroyer fought back from 2-0 down to eventually run away a 4-2 winner. There will need to be leaps and bounds of improvement in her semi final meeting with Anastasia after averaging just 69 against Brooks.
Anastasia Dobromyslova confirmed the semi-final line-up with a comprehensive victory over Australian Corrine Hammond. The 2017 World Championship runner-up whitewashed Fallon Sherrock in round one, but the tables were turned as she nearly received a 4-0 beating of her own against the World number three.
Glen Durrant 6-2 Andy Fordham
Wesley Harms 6-3 James Hurrell
Martin Adams 6-4 Dean Reynolds
Peter Machin 6-3 Scott Mitchell
Nick Kenny 6-0 Jeff Smith
Ross Montgomery 6-4 Willem Mandigers
Conan Whitehead 6-5 Darius Labanauskas
Martin Phillips 6-1 Mark McGeeney
Deta Hedman 4-2 Rachael Brooks
Anastasia Dombrobyslova 4-1 Corrine Hammond
Aileen De Graaf 4-1 Rhian Griffiths
Anca Zijlstra 4-1 Trina Gulliver