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 

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.
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 Worlds – Games of Unusual Interest!

Jacco Krook looks at a handful of games with more than the usual level of interest in them:

Exclusive Scott Mitchell interview.
Scott Mitchell, the 2015 BDO World Champion,. Is involved in one of the early matches that have got people talking this year. Photo: BDO

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? (Mario emerged the victor from this one this afternoon!)

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 get close to their quarter final match of last year we will have a decent game on our hands.

Scott Waites against Martin Adams, the only players to win multiple world titles in the men’s event have drawn each other in the first round. A two times world champion against a three times world champion after a very interesting match 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?