Ones To Watch: When Your All Practised Out, Just Watch The Greats!

The DW resident ‘Coach’ often says that darts is a unique sport. Among many examples he cites the fact that “almost the entire history of our game can be watched or read. Not just with peoples opinion or commentary but with video, data , records and contemporary analysis.”

‘Coach’ regularly refers his clients to the record books to confirm whether their perceptions are true, or not, in order that they are not deluded into thinking that they are not worthy, or that they have some sort of flaw in their game.

One of his favourite things is to tell people to watch darts, but not just to see who wins. Watch the ebb and flow of the game, the momentum switches and the psychological tricks, swings and effects that take place throughout a match.

Check out one of his favourites below, it is a remarkable demonstration of elite darts. Coach is working on a commentary, and analysis of the match, for future use, but in the meantime just enjoy it for its own sake.

The ‘wee man’ was a little special!

World Championship Final 1989

Coach – ” You will rarely see, in any era, a performance as remarkable as this. Seven years after his first title and against a resurgent ‘Crafty Cockney’ “.

“I especially recommend the first five sets and the section that begins with Jockey’s second throw in the first leg!”

Darts World’s Resident Coach

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!
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG GROUP JIM WILLIAMS IN ACTION

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 

Wayne Warren – A Secret Well Kept.

World Finalist Wayne Warren is one of those mysterious players that darts has a habit of throwing up. Darts World has a regular series about such players, it’s called Unsung Heroes. The Welshman (57) certainly fits the first part of the bill, if could secure the BDO World Professional Darts Championship today he will claim the hero status to match.

Warren is vastly experianced, unassuming and as such a little unsung. Perhaps this is about to change.
Pic: L Lustig

Since first appearing, on the main scene, back in 2003, ‘Yank’ as Wayne is known, has had had both great highs and barren spells. He qualified for the BDO World Championship as far back as 2005 and reached the last 32. Unfortunately, this promising start was followed with a run of poor form and near misses and it was not until 2012 that glimpses of Warren’s real ability began to emerge.

After some promising early season results Wayne won the BDO International Open, reached the final of The Gold Cup and qualified for another World Championship. He again reached the last 32 stage, losing out to Alan Norris.

Again, a couple of hit and miss years followed but the Welshman had done enough to again qualify for the Lakeside event in 2018. This time he was to make a big impression. He knocked out talented continental players Willem Mandigers and Wes Harms before losing out in an epic battle with ‘Gladiator’ Mark McGeeney.

Although no major titles came his way Wayne now settled into the role of highly ranked payer, repeatedly reaching the later stages of major BDO/WDF events all over Europe. He was selected to play the 2019 Grand Slam of Darts. He had again qualified for the World Championships!

Red Dragon, never slow to spot, & back, Welsh talent, produce and market Wayne’s signature dart.

Wayne is a non nonsense player. He has a simple technique and uses a simple design dart, produced and marketed by Welsh brand Red Dragon, that are similar to an old Eric Bristow type barrel but with a grip more like (early) Bob Anderson‘s. At 20g he is another member of, what has been termed, “The Light Brigade“.

As our resident coach is fond of saying “there is nothing new in darts were just very good at repackaging!”

‘Yank’ has been on a tremendous run in this years World Championship, he almost seems to have allowed himself to shine. His run has also showed, yet again, the depth of talent in the darting world. While many obsess with the ‘cult of youth’, it can be smarter, and more profitable, to look at the other end of the age spectrum. At 57 Warren will be one of the oldest to grace a World Final and certainly for for the first time.

His defeats of Justin Thompson and Andy Hamilton were based on patience and superb doubling. He seemed to barely miss an opportunity to finish a leg. Against Chris Landman he showed that he could adapt and score heavily in order to establish a dominance. He also showed he could cope with things going his opponents way, Landman repeatedly seemed to be about to get back into the game yet Warren held him at bay and completed the win.

In his semi final Wayne demonstrated he can be a complete player. Playing a player of Scott Mitchell’s standing, in a World Semi-Final, can be intimidating and draining, esp at 57. Wayne Warren simply stepped up a gear and put Scott away with relative ease.

The final takes place later today against fellow Welshman Jim Williams. Williams was a pre-event favourite who has built up his game through the event. Williams seems a more resilient player than the one who appeared at the Grand Slam in November. Let’s face it, against Warren he is going to need to be!


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 

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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)