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 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