Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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Two more players are into the third round to end the fourth day at the 2020 BDO World Championship with Scott Mitchell and Ryan Hogarth making it through.

Mitchell was facing off against Leighton Bennett in a highly talked about game but it was experience which prevailed in the end for the former World Champion who claimed a 3-1 win.

‘Scotty Dog’ claimed the first set for a 116 checkout to take a 1-0 lead. By the second set, Bennett was sinking fast and was throwing well but had yet to claim a leg.

This all changed though with ‘Boom Boom’ claiming the next set and rattling Mitchell as a result. Despite that the latter found an extra gear to ease past Bennett.

In Hogarth against Tricole, it was a scrappy game but it was the former that saw off the Frenchman in a 3-1 victory.

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Lisa Ashton and Ben Hazel are successfully through after both producing quality displays at the 2020 BDO World Championship.

Ashton was taking on Paula Jacklin who for the fifth year lost out in the first round and for the second time against Lisa Ashton.

‘The Lancashire Rose’ is one of the favourites for the title and lived up to that billing easing past Jacklin averaging upwards of 80 for the most part winning the sets 3-0, 3-0 and she finished it off with a 110 checkout to seal the deal.

Hazel had more of a tough time getting through as he had to come from 2-0 down to defeat the experienced Gary Robson.

‘Mr Ben’ had a game under his belt previously on the stage but looked to be heading out of the tournament quite quickly. Despite that when Robson missed darts at double, Hazel punished him and halved the deficit.

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Anastasia Dobromyslova and Richard Veenstra are both through as the latest session of action at the 2020 BDO World Championship is complete.

Dobromyslova didn’t play up to her usual standards but neither did Sharon Prins and as a result, she came through in a 2-0 victory.

Prins kicked off proceedings claiming the first leg but from there Dobromyslova took the set with legs ranging from 19 to 26 darts.

The next set went to a decider but the multiple World Champion saved her best leg for the end of the match hitting an 18 darter when it mattered to move through to the Quarter-Finals.

Veenstra also moved through with victory over Justin Hood who had impressed in his first round tie. ‘Flyers’ flew into the lead winning the first two legs but Hood forced a decider which Veenstra claimed.

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David Evans and Dennie Olde Kalter are both through to the third round at the 2020 BDO World Championship after coming through deciding leg thrillers.

Evans was taking on the very experienced Nick Fullwell who had already had a game on the big stage yesterday when he took on David Cameron and he settled in well to begin the contest claiming the opening set.

Evans though returned to the foray improving his game and settling in himself to make it 1-1. Fullwell was not done in the slightest though and fought back to claim the third set and go 2-1 up as Evans had to fight and up his game even further.

‘Stretch’ though hit a brilliant 107 checkout to send it all the way to a decider with Fullwell missing a match dart and it was sent it all the way.

From there, this proved the catalyst for Evans who claimed the match to conclude a thrilling debut.

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The BDO still owes money to a Dutch production company, which ensured that the World Masters was broadcast in October.

According to the website Dartfreakz, the BDO has debts outstanding with 1:1 Productions. After the tournament, a bill was sent to the British Darts Organisation, which has not been paid yet. Various payment reminders have also been sent.

The Dutch company invested heavily in broadcasting the World Masters. The equipment had to be transported, people had to be hired as well as a satellite for the connection. The bill has risen to over 10,000 euros.

After a number of reminders, BDO chairman Des Jacklin replied with a quick response, saying he ‘hopes’ to be able to pay after the BDO World Championship. The question is whether or not this will happen. Due mainly to financial problems, the prize fund breakdown was substantially reduced recently.

1: 1 Productions also fears that payment will not be made, because they have hired a lawyer. This lawyer has already sent a letter to Jacklin.

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Andy Hamilton saw off Darren Herewini in his first match at the 2020 BDO World Championship as one of the favourites for the title averted a potential early shock.

Hamilton spoke afterwards and said he feels he tried too hard and that it was only when the nerves went that he started to show his best game.

That best game is something that Hamilton feels is coming though and he hopes he can reach the final which is his ultimate aim.

“The atmosphere is good out there, I think I just tried too hard. I was nervous, it’s why it was frustrating,” said Hamilton to Tungsten Tales.

“If there are no nerves, there’s no point playing the game. Nerves just turn into adrenaline, I was so nervous for most of that game until probably the last few sets when I showed what I can do and I think that’s what showed in the end.”

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Scott Waites spoke after a nervy BDO World Darts Championship opener, in which the 2019 finalist overcame Martin Adams.

The two-time champion saw off Adams, who himself has won the World Darts Championship three times, 3-2. Waites spoke to Tungsten Tales after his win, and gave a very frank assessment of the game.

“I played pretty bad – pretty shocking. Martin didn’t play much better than me,” Scotty 2 Hotty summarised.

“His scoring was better, but his finishing was atrocious tonight!

“It could’ve been 3-0 to Martin, over in 20 minutes. To be honest, I don’t know how I’ve come off as the winner.

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The two sides BDO World Championship were both set new benchmarks on Monday.

Paul Hogan and Mikuru Suzuki threw the best averages of the men’s and women’s tournaments respectively. The former came agonisingly close to the first BDO World Darts Championship nine-darter since Paul Lim’s famous effort three decades ago. A 97.51 average was still enough to send Adam Smith-Neale home, while Suzuki kept up her recent form with an 84.92 average to turn a one-set deficit against Maria O’Brien into a victory.

Another Monday winner was Nick Fullwell, who produced a strong performance to see off David Cameron. He’ll need more of the same to beat David Evans, who has made it to 14th seed on debut. Evans did enough to qualify for the UK Open earlier this year and has also beat Gary Anderson in a PDC floor event. The 30-year-old will feel equipped to beat Fullwell, but will be wary of the Midlands ace gaining momentum.

Nick Kenny springs into action on Tuesday as well, with the sixth seed playing against Dutch debutant Dennie Olde Kalter. That’s followed by another Dutch thrower in Sharon Prins. She meets Anastasia Dobromyslova, the three-time world champion. Dobromyslova has reached a final and two semi-finals in the last three seasons – can she go a step further this year, and scoop up a prize fund being bolstered by husband Tony Martin’s fundraising efforts?

Justin Hood, like Nick Fullwell, averaged 90 in an excellent opening win on Monday. There was also an unforgettable leg featuring six perfect darts, followed by busting a 60 checkout by hitting the treble 20 – a true World Darts Championship highlight. The Somerset ace will be out to cause third seed Richard Veenstra a major headache.

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The third day of action is complete at the 2020 BDO World Championship with Scott Waites and Paul Hogan through to the third round at the Indigo at the O2.

Waites went 1-0 down against Martin Adams who was returning to the BDO World Championship stage for the first time in two years. It was a welcome return at first but Waites soon settled down and took the next set to force the initiative.

‘Scotty 2 Hotty’s turnaround was complete with him holding the advantage over ‘Wolfie’ going 2-1 up with the latter playing well but just lacking the cutting edge.

This cutting edge was the difference as Waites took the victory from there winning it 3-2 in a match that did not disappoint.

The onus was now on Hogan to deliver and he produced a performance which could establish him as a real outside bet in this tournament.

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The first two matches on a bumper night of action at the 2020 BDO World Championship are complete with Andy Hamilton and Mikuru Suzuki successfully through.

Hamilton had a slow start in his match against Darren Herewini losing the first set as neither player could find their rhythm in the early going  but he produced a whitewash set from there and barely looked troubled from there.

He claimed a 3-1 win to defeat the impressive Kiwi and move through to the third round with a 150 checkout and four 180’s en route.

Suzuki also had to come from a set down as her title defence begins at a new venue for the second year running for the Japanese ace and she edged past Maria O’Brien 2-1.

The first set did not go to plan by any means for Suzuki as O’Brien claimed it in a whitewash to potentially head towards an early shock victory.

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