O’Shea Claims Night 10 as ‘Remote Darts League’ Continues.

Stockport’s Tom O’Shea was the winner on Night 10 of the Remote Darts League as he picked up five
points from three games as he took on fellow pros David Cameron, Joe Charney and Tina Osborne.

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O Shea came through a tough night to claim his win. (PDC)


So, Night 10 began with America’s Joe Chaney and England’s Tony O’Shea starting proceedings.

It was a game of two halves really as Chaney stormed into a 5-0 lead including a first 180 pinned and a 158 checkout to secure a 12 darter to move 4-0 ahead. In the opening 5 legs, O’Shea was only allowed 4
darts at the outer ring with Chaney’s scoring providing too strong for the Stockport Thrower. In the 6th
leg, O’Shea picked up his first leg on Double 16 for a 17 darter then backed it up with two legs in 15 and
14 darts which included a first maximum and a 146 checkout. O’Shea sent the match to a last-leg
decider with a 17 darter with Chaney sat on tops.

The last leg began sluggish for O’Shea as he failed to land a score over a ton in his opening 4 visits to the board leaving Chaney with an opportunity to storm ahead which he did in kicking off with a maximum and leaving 90 after 12. Slight pressure on Chaney with O’Shea bagging in a crucial 140 and the pressure took its toll as Chaney squandered 5 missed match darts with O’Shea pinning 41 in 2 to pick up a very valuable point in the opening game of the night.

The second match of the evening saw two players competing with a time zone difference of 15 hours.
Canada’s David Cameron and New Zealand’s Tina Osborne with Osborne hoping to pick up her first set
of points in the league phase having suffered 6 defeats from her opening 6 encounters. The match
began with the Canadian Cameron storming into a 5-0 lead in double quick time pinning the 5 legs in
18,15,21,15 and 14 darts respectively as well as two maximums and a 126 checkout along the way. In
the 6th leg, Osborne picked up a first and solitary leg in 24 darts before Cameron closed out the match
with a 22-dart leg and condemn the New Zealander to a 7th straight defeat.

The third game of the evening saw two players from similar parts of the globe with a distance of close to
2000 miles from each other as David Cameron took on Joe Charney with Cameron looking to move into
the top 4 with at least a point but Charney needing a victory to complete the same fate. The match began
with Cameron taking the opening leg in 19 darts before the American rattled off 4 legs in a row which
included two maximums and a leg which took him 26 darts to complete. Cameron followed with back to
back legs including a 2nd 180 before a 16-dart leg from Charney took within one of a 1st victory of the
evening. A 19 dart leg from Cameron took the encounter all the way with Charney leaving 36 after 12 but
squandering 3 match darts to allow Cameron back to the board on 116 which pinned under pressure in
seal the leg in 15 darts and picking a very valuable point which saw him move into the top 4 of the
league phase for the time being.

The fourth game of the evening saw Tony O’Shea and Tina Osborne both return in their second matches
of the night with O’Shea hoping to pick up his first win of the evening where Osborne continued her quest
to pick up her first set of points in the Remote Darts League campaign. The Stockport man began the
match with back to back legs in 14 and 18 darts respectively before missing 6 darts at the outer ring to
move three ahead which allowed Osborne back to the board on 68 which she pinned in 2 to move 2-1
behind.

From then on, O’Shea coasted to victory with 4 consecutive legs in 15,16,18 and 21 darts
respectively which included a solitary 180 and a 124 checkout on the bull. The victory saw Tony move
onto 8 points from 8 matches in the league phase and a third win in total.

The penultimate game of the night saw Tina Osborne and Joe Charney take on each other in their third
and final game of the evening with Charney searching for a first win of the evening to move into the top 4
temporarily, with O’Shea v Cameron to follow. The match kicked off with Charney breaking with a 20-dart
leg which followed with a leg in 16 to move two ahead. Charney then squanded six darts at the outer ring
to move 3-0 up which saw Osborne then clinch the leg in 25 darts which was then followed by a 24 dart
leg by Charney, taking out the highest checkout of the match, 109.

Every leg for the remainder of the match went on throw, which saw Charney clinch victory with a 14-dart leg on 93 to condemn Tina Osborne to a third defeat of the evening and a ninth consecutive defeat in the league phase.

The final game of the night saw Tony O’Shea take on David Cameron, where the winner would end the
evening as the sort of ‘Night Winner’ but a draw would mean that both will end up picking up 4 points on
the night, the same total as Joe Charney.

The game began with the first three legs all going with throw as O’Shea landed two of the three legs both in 16 darts whereas Cameron won his in 20. In the fourth leg, O’Shea broke with a 17-dart leg before Cameron broke back, pinning a first 180 of the match and a 13-dart leg on Double 8.

O’Shea then broke back in 15 darts where he then won the final two legs of the match, both in 17 darts, and finishing with a 96 checkout and a 6-2 win.

The win saw him pick up five points out of a possible six on the night as Night 10 of the Remote Darts League came to a close.

NIGHT 11 WILL FEATURE 2020 WORLD FINALIST (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ) JIM WILLIAMS IN ACTION.

The Remote Darts League continues on Thursday. Night 11 sees 2020 BDO World Championship
Finalist Jim Williams as the headline act. He is joined by Dutchman Richard Veenstra, Frenchman
Thibault Tricole and England’s Laura Turner, who has featured quite regularly in the last year as a pundit
in the Sky Sports Darts Team.


Thanks to Joe Williams for submitting this great summary of the Remote Darts League Action.

Darts World look forward to more of your work.

Ruthless Richardson Tops Remote Darts League.

Former World Championship player, and Pro Tour Runner-Up, James ‘Ruthless’ Richardson is leading the way in the Remote Darts League.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG : JAMES RICHARDSON IN ACTION
  1. James Richardson 4/7
  2. Jim Williams 4/7
  3. Paul Hogan 4/6
  4. Darryl Fitton 4/5
  5. Tony O’Shea 4/5
  6. Gary Robson 4/4
  7. Wes Newton 4/3
  8. Alan Norris 4/2
  9. John Walton 4/1
  10. Dean Winstanley 4/0.

The Faraway Sports vehicle for top WDF players has been very well received by viewers and can be watched live. Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClPzAyYIdYU7mLD4v2mXP1g


The Remote Darts League or RDL is a remote product developed by Farawaysports, an organisation dedicated to providing quality remote sporting contests including pictures, data, and odds.

The RDL comprises 10 top WDF players competing over 10 days in a fast league format. Players all play each other once over nine nights with five matches taking place each evening. Each match will play out over a maximum of 12 legs with the first player to reach seven legs winning the fixture and picking up two league points. As it’s best of 12 legs this allows for the possibility of a match to be tied at 6-6, in this case each player will receive one point.

After nine nights each player will have played each other and the four players with the highest number of league points will qualify for the final night showdown. On final night the Top 4 battle it out in two semi-finals and a grand final for the right to be crowned the first Remote Darts League champion.

Richard Ashdown
‘Little’ Richard Ashdown is the Remote Darts league Host/Commentator (Photo: DG Media)

After a four day break, the 10 players will compete again in the next leg of the Remote Darts League, RDL2.

Legendary MC Richard Ashdown is the league referee and commentator. Richard has many years of experience in the field and until recently was Master of Ceremonies for the BDO World Darts Championship (2014-2019).


More RDL information here


Williams Wins Title While Greaves Triumphs Over Sherrock In Scottish Open.

The Scottish Darts Association’s 27th Winmau Scottish Open Championships kicked off at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew with the traditional ice-breaker threesomes with over 100 teams competing for the title.

The 2020 Scottish Open marks the 27th holding of the current event.

By the end of the night Stampers Crew represented by Cleveland trio Cameron Anderson, Simon McKenner and Carla Boyes defeated a mixed Scotland/England side, Titanium 3, Gary Stone, Mitch Butler and Paula Jacklin in the final.

The quarter finals of the Mens Open featured a 5-3 win for Scotland’s Darren Beveridge over Neil Duff from Northern Ireland, a 5-1 win for Steve Hine from England against English player Jason Heaver, runner-up in this year’s BDO World Championship Jim Williams from Wales defeated Scotland’s Gary Stone 5-3 and finally three times World Champion Martin Adams beat Paul Hogan from England 5-2.

The first Mens Singles semi-final was between Jim Williams, the current BDO World Trophy winner, from Wales and Darren Beveridge from Scotland.  Both players shared the opening two legs before Darren edged ahead 2-1 with the aid of a 180.  Jim took the fourth and fifth legs to lead 3-2 and then added the seventh leg to lead 4-2.

Darren fired back with a 13-dart leg which included three 140’s, to reduce the deficit before Jim hit a 180 in the eighth leg and check it out for the match, 5-3. Jim Williams (27.00) & Darren Beveridge (28.70)

In the second semi-final the 2005 Scottish Open champion, Martin Adams, took on the Muffin Man, Steve Hine from England.  Martin opened the semi-final with the first leg but a 144 checkout levelled the score for Steve, who then took the third leg to move ahead 2-1.

Steve then took the fourth leg and with the help of a 180 in the fifth leg went 4-1 ahead.  Steve finished off the match in the sixth leg, winning 5-1.  Martin Adams (26.40) & Steve Hine (33.30).

Williams, a former World Cup Singles winner took the opening leg of the final in 12 darts with a 180 only to see Hine level the match at 1-1 in the next leg.

Williams notched a 180 and a 177 in the second leg checking out in 11 darts for a 2-1 lead before hitting another two maximums in leg four for a 14-dart leg and a 3-1 lead.

Williams stated the fifth leg with his fourth maximum of the final and took the leg in 14 darts for a 4-1 lead.  Hine hit a 180 and a 103 checkout to bring the score back to 4-2 only to see Williams hit his sixth 180 in the next leg and check out on 72 to go within one leg of the title.

Despite Hine hitting a 177 in the eighth leg Williams took his chance at double sixteen and became the Scottish Open champion, winning 6-2.  Jim Williams (33.23) & Steve Hine (26.40)

The opening semi-final in the Ladies Singles had Beau Greaves taking on five times previous champion Deta Hedman and it was the 16-year old Greaves who took the match 5-1, winning the last two legs with checkouts of 102 and 142.  Deta Hedman (24.93) & Beau Greaves (28.33).

In the second semi-final Anastasia Dobromyslova, twice a Scottish Open winner played Fallon Sherrock the 2017 champion. Anastasia took the opening leg but was quickly pulled back level by Fallon with the help of a 122 checkout.

Fallon hit a maximum in the third leg and edged 2-1 ahead and followed that by another leg win to go 3-1, despite Anastasia hitting a 180.

Fallon then started the next two legs with maximums, winning both, which gave her an overall result of 5-1 and a place in the final to face Beau Greaves.  Anastasia Dobromyslova (22.40) & Fallon Sherrock (28.60).

This would now be a battle between two England International colleagues, six-times finalist Fallon versus the first-time challenger Beau Greaves.

Beau took the opening two legs before Fallon won leg three to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Fallon started the fourth leg with a 180 and with the help of double tops went on to tie up the match at 2-2.  Beau edged ahead again with the fifth leg and added the sixth leg before wrapping up the title in the seventh leg to win her first Scottish Open title. Fallon Sherrock (27.46) & Beau Greaves (27.50).

Making up the last eight were Paula Jacklin, Lorraine Winstanley, Corrine Hammond and Casey Gallagher

In Sunday’s doubles the first semi-final had Jim Williams & Tony Martin, a doubles champion in 2009, playing the current Dutch Open champions Martin Adams & Ross Montgomery and booking their place in the final with a 3-0 victory.

In the final they would meet Scottish duo Cameron Menzies & Ryan Hogarth who defeated Paul Hogan & Jason Heaver 3-1 in their semi-final, taking the winning leg in 12 darts.

Then opening leg in the final went to Ryan and Cameron who quickly followed it with the second leg before a 180 from Cammy and a 76 checkout from Ryan gave them the title 3-0 to become the first all-Scottish partnership to lift the title.

The quarter finalists were Pall Arni Petursson & Horour Por Guojonsson, Carl Dockeril & Will Harwood, Nick Fulwell & Antony Allen and Brian Welsh & Wayne Shepherd.

In the Ladies Doubles the defending champions Deta Hedman and Beau Greaves defeated the England/Scotland duo of Carla Boyes & Lorraine Hyde 3-0 in the first semi-final.

Making it a Wales versus England final would be Jan Robbins & Chris Savvery who took out Amanda Harwood & Jo Locke from England 3-1 in their semi-final. Chris & Jan have been in the semi-finals of the Scottish Open Pairs three times and were runners-up in 2013.

After playing against each other in the first ladies semi-final Deta and Beau teamed up to face their Welsh opponents in the doubles final and went on to win in straight legs 3-0.

The losing quarter-finalists were Anne Kirk & Jordan McNally, Laura Patton & Ann Marie Potts, Laura Turner & Paula Jacklin and Irene Hogarth & Lyn Scott.


Via: Scottish Darts Press Update

Durrant Offers Support as Q School Gets Underway.

Three time World Champion, and current PDC Premier League member, Glen Durrant offered his support to those at Q School this week. He may even visit to support BDO runner up and close friend Jim Williams.

Glen Durrant
Durrant is in confident mood ahead of his BDO Worlds title defence. Photo: BDO

Fans and friends present at Robin Park in Wigan in the next few days may catch a word or two with Glen. He is sure it will be a more relaxed visit this time round!

In a conversation with JR Lott, for next months print edition of Darts World, Durrant recalled the intense scrutiny of last years event.

I’ll be there, probably on the first day, to cheer on Jim. There was a huge amount of scrutiny last year which made it a tough few days

Glen Durrant to Darts World

Williams also made his Q School bow last year and, although not successful he, gained valuable experience which may serve him well in this years event.

Can Red Dragon’s Wayne Warren repeat the feat of Glen Durrant from 2019?

Reigning BDO champ Wayne Warren will be looking to emulate Glen’s success, both at Q School and within the PDC, the 57 year old Welshman will have considerable less playing capital after the BDO’s first prize was reduced to £23,000. The lowest prize since 1989 was greeted with general disappointment amongst darts fans.

With well over 500 entrants it will be as important to manage your performance over the day as it will to play world class darts!

Our contributor The Wizard makes his attempt to gain a much sought after Tour Card.

Our contributor, former UK Open finalist, The Wizard will also be attempting to gain the highly valued Tour Card and hopefully we can tempt him to a few words over the coming days.

There will be much more from JR’s conversation with Duzza over the coming days. So stay tuned and don’t forget to get your subscription to the longest running darts magazine in the world here: https://www.dartsworld.com/subscribe

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!


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.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG MIKURU SUZUKI


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)

BDO World Championships Review – Day 1.

Mario Vandenbogaerde became first victor at the O2 Indigo as he defeated Sebatian Steyer in straight sets in the opening match of the afternoon session. After being pushed to a decider in set one, it was plane sailing for the Belgian as former World Trophy semi-finalist Steyer failed to find his scoring game. 

Sebastian Steyer was unable to progress at the O2 Indigo.

Justin Thompson was second to secure is place in round two as he defeated World Championship debutant Scott Williams. The Aussie ace lost out to Michael Unterbuchner in the 2019 iteration of the tournament, but got off the mark this time around with a routine 3-0 victory over Williams. 

In the women’s competition it was a winning start for Corrine Hammond as she banished her first round blues from the previous two years. Despite a rapid start from Cheshire based Pruim, Hammond turned the tie on its head as she claims the opening set. 

The second would be much more comfortable as the pressure got to the Swedish born thrower, a succession of heavy scores, putting Hammond through to round two for the first time since 2017. 

Beau Greaves was perhaps the story of the day.

Beau Greaves produced the story of the evening, as she became the youngest female winner on a BDO World Championship stage, defeating Tori Kewish in two sets. The South Yorkshire star has impressed on the BDO senior tour in 2019, but blew away a sold out 02 Indigo on her television debut. 

In arguably the match of the opening day, Dave Parletti pushed the Netherlands’ Chris Landman all the way in their opening encounter in central London. 

Landman had landed a magnificent 170 checkout as he strolled into a 2-0 lead, but despite having darts for the match, Parletti would show superb grit to pull level. But the Surrey thrower wouldn’t have enough left in the tank as Landman powered through to the next round. 

The oceanic theme continued with the appearance of New Zealand’s Darren Herewini, the Kiwi had captured the attention with his World Cup singles victory earlier in the year, and continued his good form on the Indigo stage. 

Tricole ensured that France has a 100% winning record at the BDO World Championships!
Pic: Tip Top Pics / BDO

Thibault Tricole and Jim Williams were the final two names to be added to the winners list on day one at the O2 Indigo. French first-timer Tricole was pushed into a sudden death leg by Ross Montgomery, but came up with the goods at the crucial moments.  It was a similar story as tournament favourite Williams and Scottish international Stone pushed us into overtime, with Williams coming away victorious. 

Afternoon Session

Mario Vandenbogaerde 3-0 Sebastian Steyer 
Justin Thompson 3-0 Scott Williams 
Corrine Hammond 2-0 Vicky Pruim 
Chris Landman 3-2 Dave Parletti 

Evening Session

Darren Herewini 3-1 Simon Stainton 
Beau Greaves 2-0 Tori Kewish 
Thibault Tricole 3-2 Ross Montgomery 
Jim Williams 3-2 Gary Stone

BDO World Championship Preview – Mens Event.

Our friend & colleague Jacco Krook (http://www.facebook.com/Dartfreak-Jacco-112347950269442) has put together his preview of the World Championships from a continental perspective. There are some excellent suggestions for interesting game and much more information regarding mainland European players than is usual in these reviews. We hope you enjoy it.

Can Jim Williams fulfil his potential and claim The World title?
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG JIM WILLIAMS IN ACTION

FAVOURITES
Wesley Harms, Jim Williams and Richard Veenstra are three players changing the top spots of the rankings for a year or so, so I think it is obvious those three are the favourites. 

Wesley won the England Classic, England National Championships, British Open and Scottish Open amongst other so has certainly showed he is a player able to win the upcoming World Championship. Sparky however didn’t really shine on the big stage in 2019 with a quarter final at the World Trophy, last 16 in the BDO World Championship and ending fourth in the group stage of the Grand Slam of Darts

Jim seems not to have the top form he had in 2018 if we look at tournament wins. The Welshman however made it to the semi finals after losing against Glen Durrant and with the BDO World Trophy 2019 under his belt The Quiff is certainly a player able to win the upcoming World Championship.

Richard recovered well from a bad BDO World Championship 2019 by winning the Dutch Open 2019. Probably the hardest open event to win in BDO darts. He also made it to the final of the BDO World Trophy, however losing against Jim Williams. So that might be an interesting semi final if the both reach the semi finals of the upcoming BDO World Championship. Flyers also won the Luxembourg Open and Isle of Man Classic. 

OUTSIDERS
Martijn Kleermaker has had a tremendous 2019 and therefore is certainly a player in the form needed to win a world title. Martijn made it to the semi finals of the WDF World Cup singles 2019 and won the Welsh Open, Luxembourg Open and had a successful weekend in his home country winning both the West-Fries Open and West-Fries Masters. Martijn however has relatively little experience on the big stage playing the Finder Darts Masters only twice and losing his last 16 match at the BDO World Trophy 2019, which might be a disadvantage but I expect Martijn to be one of the players who might take the chance if the favourites don’t perform their best.

Waites seems to find his best for stage / screen events and should not be rule out.
Pic: Winmau

Scott Waites might be not the top player he has been. Scotty2hotty however is a player who is always dangerous on the big stage as he showed in 2019 making the final of the BDO World Championship for the third time in history after being crowned BDO World Champion in 2013 and 2016. Since his last world title he did it each year a little better with respectively a quarter final, semi final and runner-up spot so if he retains that line he will be the BDO World Champion for the third time in history. He was also the runner-up at the World Masters 2019.

Wayne Warren is in my opinion an often underestimated player, also sometimes by myself. I think that is because he rarely perform great stuff, but other players have to perform on their best to beat him. Because Warren is comparable to players like James Wade someone who does the right stuff at the right moment without playing extraordinarily well. This is also shown by the fact that he is almost always selected for the Welsh national team and made it to the semi finals of the WDF World Cup 2011 and 2013 as well as of the WDF Europe Cup 2010. In 2019 he added the Antwerp Open title to his honors list. 

Nick Kenny was longtime regarded as one of the talented youth players we had to look out for in the future. For example, he won the WDF Europe Cup youth back in 2010 and won two PDC Development Tours in 2014. In 2014 he also reached the last 16 of the World Masters. Since then he seemed to drop from the top of the rankings and it seemed he was one of the many talented players who wouldn’t make it in the world of darts. But he didn’t give up and made it to the semi finals of the World Trophy 2017 and retained climbing up the ranking. 2019 was very successful for the Welsh lad winning the Belgium Open, French Open and Bruges Open as well as the team event of the WDF World Cup. Therefore Kenny is back in the top of the BDO and will be one of the outsiders for the trophy.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Dave Parletti is a dangerous player. He won the Welsh Classic and Romanian Open 2019 and is the number four seed. He also beat William O’Connor at the Grand Slam of Darts 2019, which shows he is a very capable player. At the big stage he further however only reached the last 16 of the World Masters 2018. So he is certainly a good player but seems to need to up his performances on the big stage.

Mario Vandenbogaerde surprised me at the Darts Festival Sevenum 2017. A tournament in the south of the Netherlands with some known players and a huge field of players, however not a ranked event so only little top players. This Belgian player of whom I have never heard of before made it to the final, where he lost an extremely tense final and both players played a great match. I tried to find out who he was and where he came from after quite a lot of time I learned he had been a Belgian top player for years, before he had stopped playing darts for a while and just started playing darts again. The rest is history, because in 2018 Super Mario went playing some BDO-events and won the Luxembourg Masters 2018 and German Open 2019.  In 2019 he also reached the big stages reaching the last 16 of the World Trophy and the semi finals of the World Masters. So this Belgian player is certainly one to watch.

Steyer in Dream land?
Pic: Bulls.nl

Sebastian Steyer of whom an article will be posted very soon guaranteed himself a spot in the first round of the BDO World Championship by being the number 24 of the BDO Invitational Table at the cut-off date. He will be the fourth Polish player to participate in the BDO World Championship after Krzysztof Ratajski, Krzysztof Kciuk and Karolina Podgorska has played on the Lakeside stage. Steyer impressed at the World Trophy 2019, where he reached the semi finals eventually losing against number one seed Richard Veenstra. He also played PDC Q-School last January and came only one point short of winning a PDC Tour Card so he definitely is a player to watch.

Thibault Tricole is one of the players I have interviewed before to offer people some insight in his career and life and the status of darts in France. Thibault qualified by being the highest ranked player on the Western European ranking which hadn’t qualified yet by being in the top 27 at the cut-off date. I really think Thibault could have done even better but wasn’t able to play the whole BDO-tour. The Frenchman however won the Greek Open and Torremolins Open in 2019 and therefore is certainly a player to watch. However he has little experience on the big stage which I assume will be a disadvantage for him, definitely after he acknowledged he has to improve his playing under pressure.

Andreas Harrysson of whom an article will be posted very soon qualified by being the highest player on the Baltic & Scandinavian ranking. Andreas is an experienced player and tough opponent. He however play only little outside of Scandinavia. He has already showed what he is capable of. He reached the WDF World Cup 2019 quarter finals after he already reached the semi finals of the WDF Europe Cup 2016. He also won the Finnish Masters 2018 and made it to the final of the Swedish Open 2018 and semi finals of the Denmark Masters 2019 and Polish Open 2018. 

INTERESTING FIRST ROUND MATCHES
Mario Vandenbogaerde and Sebastian Steyer will kick off the BDO World Championship. A match between two players to watch. Sebastian has made it to the semi finals of the World Trophy, while Mario was a semi finalist of the World Masters. Need I say more?

Number 8 seed Willem Mandigers from the Netherlands will meet Michael Unterbuchner from Germany. Last year they delivered a great match in the quarter finals, which Michael won 5-4. If they only can get close to their quarter final match of last year we have a decent game on our hands.

Scott Waites against Martin Adams, the only players to win multiple world titles in the mens event have drawn each other in the first round. A two times world champion against a three times world champion after a very interesting encounter in the ladies event. Is there a better way to spend the Monday evening?

A fairytale waiting to happen? Leighton Bennett will take to the senior stage aged 14!

Former BDO World Champion Scott Mitchell will play Leighton Bennett, one of the revelations of 2019. The 13-year old Leighton has had a tremendous year, but can he beat the experienced and popular Scott Mitchell?