Warren Claims BDO World Title!

Wayne Warren, a fifty-seven year old roofer from Wales, has become the latest World Darts Champion.

‘Yank‘, as Wayne is known, claimed the BDO version of the title late last night at the O2 (Indigo) in London. Warren had been in strong form throughout the event, defeating several tough opponents, clinched the crown with a 7-4(sets) win over compatriot Jim Williams.

It was a perfect start for ‘The Quiff’ (Williams), recording just shy of a ton average as he bounded into a two set lead early on. Warren remained in contention going into the interval as he smashed out a superb set of his own to set the seed of doubt in Williams’ mind.


The 58-year-old Welshman would make it 2-2 as the momentum continued to shift in his direction. That advantage would be increased as Warren got his nose ahead for the first time as he went 3-2 to the good.


Williams would return the favour with a whitewash set of his own, meaning the two would go into the half time interval at 3-3. Warren would return from the break reinvigorated, finding the heavy scoring game that had got him to this stage.


‘The Quiff’ would steal one more set before Warren unleashed his best darts. Williams has been a front-runner throughout the tournament and for much of his career, but the chase was a hard graft and Warren appeared to have too much in the latter stages.


Warren began to pull away after the nine-set mark, firing in 11 and 12 darts legs in front of the packed Indigo at the o2. As they entered the final set, Warren took a two-leg advantage, a slack leg then let Williams in with a chance.


But that would be the end of the story for Williams as Warren nailed tops to claim his first BDO World Championship title at 57 years of age, a truly magnificent achievement. 

Warren adds his name to a famed list of Welsh darting legends, from Alan Evans and Ceri Morgan on to Leighton Rees, who claimed this very title in 1976, progressing to Richie Burnett and Mark Webster in the modern era. With Williams as runner up, and Johnny Clayton and Gerwyn Price performing well in the PDC, the principality is in superb shape to continue such a proud record.

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Addition comment in italics from DW staff.

BDO World Championship Review – Day 7. Suzuki & Barry Claim Titles as Williams & Warren to Make Up All Welsh Final.

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.

Warren defeated Scott Mitchell to advance to 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.

Jim Williams came through a tough semi in his attempt to emulate close friend Glen Durrant!
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He later found out he would face good friend Jim Williams in the final after he squeezed past (Super) 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.

Barry added another crown to his impressive 2019/20 collection.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG KEANE BARRY IN ACTION


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 set.


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.

Womens World Final: Mikuru Suzuki 3-0 Lisa Ashton

Men’s Semi Finals:
Wayne Warren 6-3 Scott Mitchell 
Jim Williams 6-4 Mario Vandenbogaerde 

World Youth Final(BDO): Keane Barry 3-0 Leighton Bennett 

Suzuki Motors to Back to Back Titles.

The Japanese star known as ‘The Miracle’ confirmed both her talent and her emergence as a fan favourite at the O2 Indigo on Saturday night.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG MIKURU SUZUKI

Mikuru Suzuki retains her BDO Ladies World Championship title as she defeated Lisa Ashton in straight sets. After coming through a tough encounter with Beau Greaves in the semi-final, the Japanese star saved her best stuff for the final.

Ashton, looking for a fifth World Title, had not dropped a set on route to the final. Yet the forty-nine year old 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.



Words – Josh Green BDO

Additional Comment – DW Staff

Pic – L Lustig

BDO World Championship Review – Day 7.

Beau will have to wait at least more more year to left the World Championship.

Lisa Ashton continued her quest for a fifth Ladies World Title as she whitewashed Australia’s Corrine Hammond to reach Saturday’s final at the o2 Indigo. She was dominant in her performance against former finalist Hammond, who failed to win a leg against the rampant ‘Lancashire Rose’. She was joined by Mikuru Suzuki as the Japanese Star battled past Beau Greaves in the second semi-final. Greaves has been the star of the tournament but after finding herself in uncharted territory, the experienced Suzuki proved a step too far. As the opening two sets went with throw, Suzuki found her scoring game in the latter stages of set three, giving Greaves too much ground to make up as she set up a final showdown with Lisa Ashton in the final.


In the men’s quarter-finals Wayne Warren confirmed his first World Championship semi-final appearance at the age of 58. ‘The Yank’ recorded the victory against free-flowing Dutchman Chris Landman, who was also looking for a first semi-final appearance. But in a topsy-turvy encounter, the additional experience of Warren paid dividends as he became our first semi-finalist. 

Mario Vandenbogaerde, a player making his World Championship debut after a 12 year absence from the game, also made the Qtr Finals. It was a quick start for ‘Super Mario’ who looked to be heading for a simple victory. But as the pressure grew, David Evans got his foot in the door, taking the third set to plant the seed of doubt before the players took a break for the interval. Aside from briefly getting on level terms, that would be as close as ‘Stretch’ got the semi-finals, the former Belgian number one continuing his dream run into the semi-final stages. The Belgian will now take on tournament favourite Jim Williams in the final after the Welshman made light work of Paul Hogan. ‘Crocodile Dundee’ had been magnificent in his opening two matches, but that form was nowhere to be seen as Williams recorded a 5-1 victory on the Indigo stage.

Exclusive Scott Mitchell interview.
Scott Mitchell seems to be gliding toward another World Title. Photo: BDO
Waites found his game in the Qtr final against his friend Scott Mitchell. But seemed to tire toward the end.


Scott Mitchell completed the semi-final line-up as he saw off good friend Scott Waites in the final game of the evening. It was nip and tuck all the way through, with neither player able to build up a significant cushion. With both players averaging in the mid 90’s, Mitchell found that extra gear in the crucial deciding set to secure just a second ever World Championship semi-final appearance. 



Results
Wayne Warren 5-3 Chris Landman 
Lisa Ashton 2-0 Corrine Hammond 
Mario Vandenbogaerde 5-3 David Evans 

Jim Williams 5-1 Paul Hogan 
Mikuru Suzuki 2-1 Beau Greaves 
Scott Mitchell 5-4 Scott Waites 

BDO World Championship – Ladies Night & Day 6.

After the surprise exits of Richard Veenstra and Wesley Harms on Wednesday, we completed the men’s quarter-final line-up on Thursday. We also saw the return of the ladies, with eight of the best playing it out for a place in the semi-finals.

Jim Williams stepped up his performance yesterday during a whitewashed Ryan Hogarth.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG JIM WILLIAMS IN ACTION


Beau Greaves was the player to set the standard in terms of the women’s competition, heading up the averages with an 86.3 against former finalist Aileen de Graaf. With the match coming on her 16th Birthday she was handed a perfect present in the shape of a semi-final spot on debut at the Indigo. Earlier in the session Corrine Hammond booked her place in the semi-finals, she would face Lisa Ashton after ‘The Lancashire Rose’ came past Lorraine Winstanley. Three-time champion Ashton went into the tournament as favourite and is continuing to live up to that tag with some excellent performances.


The singular men’s match in the afternoon session would see tournament favourite Jim Williams whitewash Scotland’s Ryan Hogarth. Following a nervy first set, the Welshman and number two seed began to settle, finding his consistent scoring game and leaving Hogarth in the dust. He would eventually secure the whitewash score line and yet another quarter-final appearance. 

Mikuru Suzuki progressed again in defence of her title.
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Mikuru Suzuki confirmed the semi-final line-up in the women’s competition with a routine win over Anastasia Dobromyslova. The Japanese star was pushed to the brink in set one as Anastasia misseddarts for a lead, but as the pressure built, Suzuki took control.

An eventual average of around the 78 mark enough to set up a potentially mouth-watering tie with teenage prodigy Beau Greaves for a place in the final.


The evening session also confirmed our men’s quarter finalists with Super Mario Vandenbogaerde and Paul Hogan putting out statements of intent. The aforementioned Hogan piled in a 99.8 average as he defeated Martijn Kleermaker 4-1 to make his first World Championship quarter-final since 
2006. Vandenbogaerde, who is many people outsider for the title, put in another high quality performance to see off Dennie Olde Kalter. The Belgian started quickly, gliding into a 3-0 lead. But with the match all but over, the Dutchman sparked into life, reducing the deficit to the applause of the crowd. But that would be it for Olde Kalter who faded in the fifth set, with Super Mario making a dream quarter-final appearance at his first World Championship after 12 years away from the game.

Results – Day 6

Corrine Hammond 2-0 Laura Turner 
Jim Williams 4-0 Ryan Hogarth 
Beau Greaves 2-1 Aileen de Graaf 

Lisa Ashton 2-0 Lorraine Winstanley 
Mario Vandenbogaerde 4-1 Dennie Olde Kalter 
Mikuru Suzuki 2-0 Anastasia Dobromyslova 
Paul Hogan 4-1 Martijn Kleermaker 


Featured Pic:L Lustig / PDC (Lisa Ashton salutes the crowd)

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Big Guns Dominate on Day 5 – BDO World Championships Review.

Former World Champions Scott Mitchell and Scott Waites battled through to the quarter-finals with victories over Michael Unterbuchner and Wesley Harms respectively. 


2015 champion Mitchell, was rampant against ‘T-Rex’, who ultimately failed to take his 
opportunities. Whilst the pairs scoring game was comparable, better doubling on the part of Mitchell tipped the scales in his favour.

Scotty Dog looking in fine fettle this year.
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

‘Scotty Dog’ will now face good friend Scott Waites in the quarters after he produced a sensational comeback to defeat Wesley Harms. The number one seed had stormed into an early lead, but Waites just did enough to keep him at arms length. As we reached the fourth set, ‘Sparky’ went off the boil, leaving to door open for Waites to take the lead.  The former World Champ obliged and raced into a lead for the first time, from there on it was plain sailing for Waites as he secured a dream match-up with Mitchell for Friday afternoon.

There was also room for Manchester’s David Evans to continue his fairy-tale debut run to the BDO World Championship quarter-finals as he defeated number three seed Richard Veenstra. ‘Stretch’ was quick out of the blocks, averaging 105 in an incredible opening set. As he raced into a 3-0 lead with a respectable 98 average it looked although we were all set for an early night, but then Veenstra started to kick in.

Two sets on the spin from ‘Flyers’ set doubt inside the head of Evans, but as nerves started to take a hold of both players Evans found his scoring form once again. Finally getting over the line in set six to confirm his name in the quarter-finals.

Andy Hamilton
The Hammer came up short vs Wayne Warren.

The afternoon session kicked off with a win for former World Championship quarter-finalist Wayne Warren over Andy Hamilton. It was a rapid start from Warren as he raced into an early lead despite trailing in the averages. In the end it would be a story of missed doubles for ‘The Hammer’, as Warren stayed steady on the outer ring to claim victory.


Chris Landman produced one of the comebacks of the tournament as he returned from the brink to see off Ben Hazel. The turning point came in the fifth set, as Hazel spurned opportunities for the match, leaving the door ajar for Landman. That would be just the chance the Dutchman needed as he piled in the big scores and reached his first World Championship quarter-final.

Lorraine Winstanley interview.
Lorraine Winstanley
Photo: BDO


The women’s quarter-final line-up was also confirmed in the afternoon session as Lorraine Winstanley replicated last years performance. It was far from perfect from the Buxton thrower, but the win sets up a meeting with Lisa Ashton in the quarter-finals. 

Results:

Wayne Warren 4-1 Andy Hamilton 
Chris Landman 4-3 Ben Hazel 
Lorraine Winstanley 2-0 Casey Gallagher 

Scott Waites 4-2 Wesley Harms 
Scott Mitchell 4-0 Michael Unterbuchner 
David Evans 4-2 Richard Veenstra 

BDO World Championship Review – Day 4.

Leighton Bennett Bennett became the youngest ever competitor in the BDO World Championships as he took on former champion of the world Scott Mitchell. ‘Scotty Dog’ settled the better, taking the first two sets without breaking sweat. 

However, ‘Boom Boom’ returned from the interval re-invigorated, taking the following set as Mitchell’s heart rate began to rise. But that would only be a minor blip as Mitchell returns to his old ways and defeated the 14-year-old with a respectable 88 average. 

Number six seed Nick Kenny was the highest profile casualty of the afternoon session as he was defeated by the Netherlands Dennie Olde Kalter in a five set thriller. Olde Kalter had originally taken a two set lead, but was dragged into a decider by the dogged Kenny. 

The British Classic champion would show his class in the latter stages, taking out finishes of 90 and 98 as he ended the Welshman’s chances of a first major title. 

Elsewhere in the men’s competition there were wins for number three seed Richard Veenstra and World Championship debutante David Evans. Veenstra made it all the way to the semi-finals in 2016, and will be hoping for another deep run in the brand new venue. 

Nick Fullwell – Defeated by David ‘Stretch’ Evans at the Indigo O2.

Evans entered as 14th seed in his first World Championship and survived a match dart against Stourbridge’s Nick Fullwell. ‘Stretch’ would claim the final two sets to set up a meeting with Andy Hamilton

In the women’s competition there were routine victories for former champions Anastasia 
Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton
. ‘The Lancashire Rose’ cruised past Paula Jacklin, recording the first whitewash win of the tournament. 

Elsewhere, Anastasia Dobromyslova was far from her brilliant best as she defeated Sharon Prins in straight sets, she knows improvement will be needed as she faces Mikuru Suzuki in the quarter-finals. 

There were also victories for Ben Hazel over seasoned veteran Gary Robson and Scotland’s Ryan Hogarth as he defeated Thibault Tricole of France. 

David Evans 3-2 Nick Fullwell 
Dennie Olde Kalter 3-2 Nick Kenny 
Anastasia Dobromyslova 2-0 Sharon Prins 
Richard Veenstra 3-1 Justin Hood 

Ben Hazel 3-2 Gary Robson 
Lisa Ashton 2-0 Paula Jacklin 
Scott Mitchell 3-1 Leighton Bennett 
Ryan Hogarth 3-0 Thibault Tricole 


By Josh Green (@JoshGreenMedia) 

Pics – BDO unless stated.

BDO World Championship Review – Day 3.

Paul Hogan was just milimetres away from a nine-darter as he saw off former World Masters champion Adam Smith-Neale in double quick time. After two consecutive 180’s, Hogan left double 18, but couldn’t quite find the target as Smith-Neale failed to find his scoring game as Hogan took the whitewash victory. 

Debutant Nick Fullwell get off to a good start. Defeating the seeded David Cameron 3-1.

Number one seed Wesley Harms began his Indigo campaign with a hard fought victory over Andreas Harrysson in the afternoon session in Central London. ‘Sparky’, a former electrician goes into the tournament as one of the favourites for the title, but was 
pushed all the way by the heavy scoring Swede. After the duo shared the opening four sets, experienced proved to be a key factor in the fifth, the Dutchman cranking up to pressure to put his name in the mix for round two. 

Suzuki moved to rd two in the defense of her crown.
PIC; L Lustig.

It was a perfect start for reigning Ladies champion Mikuru Suzuki as she started her title defence with a victory over Maria O’Brien. Plymouth based O’Brien took the first set with ease, but that was seemingly the wake up call Suzuki needed. 

The Japanese star returned with the fire in her belly, immediately fighting back to take the match into a decider. Despite a brief flurry of heavy scoring from ‘OB’, Suzuki secured her spot in the quarters in spite of the early wobble. 

There were also wins for debutantes Nick Fullwell and Justin Hood in the slightly reduced Monday afternoon schedule. Somerset based Hood made his TV debut at the World Masters in October, but eased into life under the lights with a routine victory over Romania’s Gabriel Pascaru. 

Elsewhere, Andy Hamilton proved too much for Darren Herewini to handle, The New Zealander was superb in his victory over Simon Stainton, but couldn’t replicate that performance at Hamilton found a extra gear in set four to take the win. 

Fullwell, competing in his first BDO World Championships, aged 50, was surprisingly dominant against Canada’s David Cameron. ‘Excalibur’ has been a thorn in the side of many big names over the years, but could do little as the French Open finalist set up a tie with David Evans on Tuesday afternoon. 

Waites moves through after defeating Martin Adams in a nervy looking encounter.



In a battle of the BDO legends Scott Waites came out on top against Martin Adams. In a scrappy encounter, where missed doubles were a key factor, ‘Too Hotty’ was the one to hold is nerve in the final furlong to secure his spot in round three.

Afternoon Session
Justin Hood 3-1 Gabriel Pascaru 
Nick Fullwell 3-1 David Cameron 
Wesley Harms 3-2 Andreas Harrysson

Evening Session
Andy Hamilton 3-1 Darren Herewini 
Mikuru Suzuki 2-1 Maria O’Brien 
Scott Waites 3-2 Martin Adams 
Paul Hogan 3-0 Adam Smith-Neale 

Content By Josh Green (@JoshGreenMedia)

A Good Afternoon at the O2 – Players Refuse to be Dragged Down by Adversity.

Today’s afternoon session followed a mixed weekend from the O2. The BDO had looked as if it may salvage something, on Saturday, from the wreckage of pre-event troubles. Yet Sunday has ended with very poor crowds, and an awful atmosphere, which had generated bad press and social media. Yet those involved on Monday afternoon put up a very good showing:

Pescaru played well but was outgunned by Justin Hood.
Pic: dartfreak/Van den Berk

Justin Hood proved a decent player under pressure and held off the Romanian challenge of Pascaru. At one set all, it looked like it may get tougher. Hood then busted his score, hitting a treble twenty whilst on tops for the leg! Yet he recomposed himself ran out a comfortable winner and came across very well in his interviews.

Nick Fullwell finally showed a little of his talent on our TV screens. Nick has made the PDC World Champs previously, and a handful of other major events, but had not lived up to the talent he is known for. After what has been a terrible time

Nick Fullwell may be beginning to show his true talent.
pic: PDC

for him, and his family, he seems to have found a new calm and perspective which suited him well. Cameron levelled at one set all but it was the only time he was in the game. Fullwell v David Evans could be the highlight of tomorrow.

The final game of the afternoon featured the number one seed. Wesley Harms has had a mixed year he has one some very big events and also had some poor performances. Andreas Harryson seems determined to expose the later. He refused to give in and fought throughout. Harms scrapped through in the end but could not be happy with anything other than the end result.

All in all a good session of darts. Some very good quality was witnessed and very competitive matches in the main. It seems the players are determined to showcase their skills and not let external matters put them off their game.

Good luck to them all.

Afternoon Session
Gabriel Pascaru (ROM) 1 v 3 Justin Hood (ENG) 
David Cameron (CAN) 1 v 3 Nick Fullwell (ENG) 
(1) Wesley Harms (NTH) 3 v 2 Andreas Harryson (SWE) 

BDO World Championship Review – Day 2.

After a successful first day the BDO World Championship looked to consolidate in its new home. The Indigo at O2 had made a good impression and despite a few tecjnical hitches the coverage looked to have potential. Would Day 2 prove as successful?

Exclusive Deta Hedman interview.
Hedman was defeated by Laura Turner on Day 2.
Photo: BDO

The afternoon session opened with a marathon contest, Wayne Warren and Justin Thompson taking us all the way into a deciding set. Welshman Warren was a quarter-finalist in 2018 and will be looking to replicate that run after a disjointed year on the tour. After an up and down match, ‘The Yank’ sealed glory with a spectacular 120 checkout. 

It was a similar story in the second match of the afternoon session as Ben Hazel was pegged back and pushed into a decider by Tennessee native Joe ‘Chainsaw’ Chaney. After originally building a 2-0 lead, Hazel surrendered the next two sets as we went into a decider. But the Hertfordshire showed his class, securing a win on debut at the o2 Indigo. 

In the final men’s match of an elongated afternoon session Michael Unterbuchner put pay to Willem Mandigers chances for a second year running. The German defeated Mandigers in the quarter-finals of last years event, but despite seeing the second 170 checkout of the tournament in set one from the Dutchman, ‘T-Rex’ stayed steady to secure victory. 

There were wins elsewhere for Aileen de Graaf and Laura Turner in the women’s section of the draw, de Graaf coming from a set down to defeat Kirsty Hutchinson on her World Championship debut. 

Turner secured her first victory on the World Championship stage in dramatic fashion against multiple time finalist Deta Hedman. After a nervy opening set, Turner found her scoring game in set two, punishing her experienced opponent on the outer ring to book her return to the Indigo later 
this week. 

Paul Hogan made headlines again with a 158 checkout and a good performance.

In arguably the performance of the day, veteran campaigner Paul Hogan defeated Belgium’s Brian Raman. British Isles qualifier Hogan nailed a 158 in a routine victory over the first time competitor. 

World Masters champion John O’Shea bowed out of the competition as he was far from his best against Andreas Harrysson of Sweden. Harrysson sprinted into a 2-0 advantage, but the Irishman showed tremendous grit to turn the tide and take the match to a decider. But it was not to be for ‘The Joker’ as Harrysson cleaned up in the final set to record a debut victory on the Indigo stage. 

Martijn Kleermaker brought the days action to an end with a magnificent scoring display, five maximums, and at one point six perfect darts blowing away fellow Dutchman Gino Vos as the pair made their maiden bows on the Indigo stage. 

‘The Dutch Giant’ ended the match with a 93.28 average, laying down a marker for all the title challenges, as he produced one of the standout performances of the tournament so far. 

Day 2 Results:

Wayne Warren 3-2 Justin Thompson 
Ben Hazel 3-2 Joe Chaney 
Aileen de Graaf 2-1 Kirsty Hutchinson 
Michael Unterbuchner 3-1 Willem Mandigers 

Andreas Harrysson 3-2 John O’Shea 
Laura Turner 2-0 Deta Hedman 
Paul Hogan 3-1 Brian Raman 
Martijn Kleermaker 3-0 Gino Vos