Darts 2017 Season

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This is a new thread now for this year and season of PDC darts which gets up and running very soon.

Here is a calendar of the year's major competitions and their winners which will be updated as they happen :
27-29 January - World Masters
2 Feb - 18 May - Premier League
3-5 March - UK Open
1-4 June - World Cup of Darts
22-30 July - World Matchplay
TBC September - Champions League of Darts
1-7 October - World Grand Prix
27-29 October - European Championship
4-5 November - World Series of Darts Finals
11-19 November - Grand Slam of Darts
24-26 November - Players Championship Finals
TBC Dec - TBC Jan - World Championship

2016 was completely dominated by Michael van Gerwen who won every televised ranking event and he'll be looking to continue that streak. Although he slid down the rankings, Phil Taylor did win two big events including the inaugural Champions League of Darts while the likes of Gary Anderson, Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis will be all be contending for big major victories.
 
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Day 1 of the BDO World Championships takes place today and here's a small preview of it.

Afternoon Session :
Glen Durrant (1) v Nick Kenny -
The big favourite Durrant steps out first after enjoying another fantastic season as he won 11 ranking titles including the World Masters and Zuiderduin Masters and looks in top form heading in to this tournament. Nick Kenny is a good up and coming player who none of the seeded players wanted to get as he's won two ranking events including the International Open but hadn't progressed past the Last 16 of any of the Majors but has nothing to lose here and all the pressure is on Durrant.
Prediction - Durrant to win 3-1

Trina Gulliver (6) v Claire Brookin -
Defending Women's Champion Gulliver opens up her defence of the title against the solid Brookin who I honestly don't know much about but did win the World Cup Pairs. Her seeding doesn't represent her status as she isn't a big tour player and loved the big stage which is shown by her 10 world titles and her victory in the World Masters earlier this year.
Prediction - Gulliver to win 2-0

Dennis Nilsson v Ryan Joyce (Preliminary) -
One of the better prelim games to begin off them matches. Nilsson has some experience on the big stage as he's been involved in the PDC World Cup a couple of times with Magnus Caris and also qualified individually for the PDC World Championship prelims back in 2012 and won the 2016 Finnish Masters so does have some class. Ryan Joyce is a relatively unknown entity as qualified through the WDF regional table way and his most notable result is a Last 32 at the World Trophy.
Prediction - Nilsson just has too much experience so 3-1 win

Darryl Fitton (10) v Wouter Vaes -
Another big gun is out in the first session against a debutant. Fitton had a great 2016 which included winning the Luxembourg Open and then a massive major win in the World Trophy and reached the Last 16 of the Grand Slam which included big wins over Ian White and Darren Webster. Vaes is making his debut here after having a bit of a breakthrough year where he qualified for his first majors and reached the Austrian Open final.
Prediction - Fitton has too much class so 3-0 win


Evening Session :
Seigo Asada v Jeff Smith (Preliminary) -
Probably the best preliminary of the lot between the solid Asada and last year's runner-up Smith. Asada is involved in his third straight prelim in this event after winning the Japan Open again this year and he did win his prelim game last year whilst also being involved in some big PDC World Series of Darts matches so has plenty of experience. Smith doesn't massively take part in the tour which is why he ends up in this round with his best result this year coming in the Grand Slam of Darts where he made the Last 16 with two narrow wins over Simon Whitlock and Ted Evetts before losing to Phil Taylor 10-5
Prediction - Smith to make another good go of this tournament and begin with a 3-1 win.

Roger Janssen v Mark McGrath (Preliminary) -
Both players here are debutants which means it's hard to predict. Janssen is making his way through the rankings and made the Last 32 of the World Trophy. McGrath has much more experience having played in the PDC World Championship prelims back in 2015 and won the high quality New Zealand Masters to qualify which did involve some big name players.
Prediction - McGrath more of a known entity so 3-1 win

Aileen de Graaf (3) v Rachel Brooks
An interesting encounter here between two vastly experience women's players. De Graaf had a personal best here last year to make the semi-finals and then this year made the World Trophy quarter-finals and is looking in decent form. Brooks meanwhile has made quarter-finals of majors including this event two years ago but she's had a relatively quiet season this year.
Prediction - De Graaf too good so 2-1 win

Jim Williams (13) v Tony O'Shea -
A repeat of last year's first round sees a young gun taking on a stalwart of the game. Williams came through this encounter 3-0 last year and was seeded one place higher so he'll be disappointed not to have made bigger strides since then. His best results in 2016 in terms of majors was making the Last 16 of the World Masters while elsewhere he made a couple of semi-finals and was runner-up at the Europe Cup. O'Shea meanwhile is probably one of the best ever BDO players never to win a major with 7 runner-up pleadings, including losing the final here three times and is vastly experience and has moved up the rankings up to 17 after winning the Isle of Man Open, finalist at the International Open and Last 16 of the World Trophy.
Prediction - Bound to be closer than last year, going to go with Williams to win again 3-2
 

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Day 1 of the BDO World Championships takes place today and here's a small preview of it.

Afternoon Session :
Glen Durrant (1) v Nick Kenny -
The big favourite Durrant steps out first after enjoying another fantastic season as he won 11 ranking titles including the World Masters and Zuiderduin Masters and looks in top form heading in to this tournament. Nick Kenny is a good up and coming player who none of the seeded players wanted to get as he's won two ranking events including the International Open but hadn't progressed past the Last 16 of any of the Majors but has nothing to lose here and all the pressure is on Durrant.
Prediction - Durrant to win 3-1

Trina Gulliver (6) v Claire Brookin -
Defending Women's Champion Gulliver opens up her defence of the title against the solid Brookin who I honestly don't know much about but did win the World Cup Pairs. Her seeding doesn't represent her status as she isn't a big tour player and loved the big stage which is shown by her 10 world titles and her victory in the World Masters earlier this year.
Prediction - Gulliver to win 2-0

Dennis Nilsson v Ryan Joyce (Preliminary) -
One of the better prelim games to begin off them matches. Nilsson has some experience on the big stage as he's been involved in the PDC World Cup a couple of times with Magnus Caris and also qualified individually for the PDC World Championship prelims back in 2012 and won the 2016 Finnish Masters so does have some class. Ryan Joyce is a relatively unknown entity as qualified through the WDF regional table way and his most notable result is a Last 32 at the World Trophy.
Prediction - Nilsson just has too much experience so 3-1 win

Darryl Fitton (10) v Wouter Vaes -
Another big gun is out in the first session against a debutant. Fitton had a great 2016 which included winning the Luxembourg Open and then a massive major win in the World Trophy and reached the Last 16 of the Grand Slam which included big wins over Ian White and Darren Webster. Vaes is making his debut here after having a bit of a breakthrough year where he qualified for his first majors and reached the Austrian Open final.
Prediction - Fitton has too much class so 3-0 win


Evening Session :
Seigo Asada v Jeff Smith (Preliminary) -
Probably the best preliminary of the lot between the solid Asada and last year's runner-up Smith. Asada is involved in his third straight prelim in this event after winning the Japan Open again this year and he did win his prelim game last year whilst also being involved in some big PDC World Series of Darts matches so has plenty of experience. Smith doesn't massively take part in the tour which is why he ends up in this round with his best result this year coming in the Grand Slam of Darts where he made the Last 16 with two narrow wins over Simon Whitlock and Ted Evetts before losing to Phil Taylor 10-5
Prediction - Smith to make another good go of this tournament and begin with a 3-1 win.

Roger Janssen v Mark McGrath (Preliminary) -
Both players here are debutants which means it's hard to predict. Janssen is making his way through the rankings and made the Last 32 of the World Trophy. McGrath has much more experience having played in the PDC World Championship prelims back in 2015 and won the high quality New Zealand Masters to qualify which did involve some big name players.
Prediction - McGrath more of a known entity so 3-1 win

Aileen de Graaf (3) v Rachel Brooks
An interesting encounter here between two vastly experience women's players. De Graaf had a personal best here last year to make the semi-finals and then this year made the World Trophy quarter-finals and is looking in decent form. Brooks meanwhile has made quarter-finals of majors including this event two years ago but she's had a relatively quiet season this year.
Prediction - De Graaf too good so 2-1 win

Jim Williams (13) v Tony O'Shea -
A repeat of last year's first round sees a young gun taking on a stalwart of the game. Williams came through this encounter 3-0 last year and was seeded one place higher so he'll be disappointed not to have made bigger strides since then. His best results in 2016 in terms of majors was making the Last 16 of the World Masters while elsewhere he made a couple of semi-finals and was runner-up at the Europe Cup. O'Shea meanwhile is probably one of the best ever BDO players never to win a major with 7 runner-up pleadings, including losing the final here three times and is vastly experience and has moved up the rankings up to 17 after winning the Isle of Man Open, finalist at the International Open and Last 16 of the World Trophy.
Prediction - Bound to be closer than last year, going to go with Williams to win again 3-2
Day 1 Report :
Here are the results of a very exciting day to open proceedings at the BDO World Championships.

Glen Durrant (1) v Nick Kenny -
Result - Durrant won 3-1
The best match of the day was probably the opener as it was high quality throughout. Durrant began the match with a massive 167 checkout on the bull and that set the tone for the rest of the match. Kenny's all round play was impressive and he took the opening set but Durrant recovered and it took a lot of composure for him to put in an assured performance to win through with a just under 97 average while Kenny averaged 92.64 which is very high for a first round loser.

Trina Gulliver (6) v Claire Brookin
Result - Gullive victory 2-0
A solid win for Gulliver here who started off shakily but was never threatened too much by Brookin who wasn't at her best. The opening set was scrappy but Gulliver really upped the standard in the second with the 140's starting to flow and she hit a 13-darter to seal the win and go through a nice 72 average.

Dennis Nilsson v Ryan Joyce -
Result - Joyce won 3-0
A real promising performance here from Joyce whose solid doubling and clinicality at the business end of legs never gave Nilsson a chance of winning. Joyce finished up with a wonderful 90.18 average to progress which is brilliant for a best of 5 sets preliminary round match so he's bringing a lot of confidence now in to the first round proper.

Darryl Fitton (10) v Wouter Vaes -
Result - Fitton victory 3-0
Not the best standard match ever but Fitton done just enough to seamlessly go through against a poor Vaes who really offered nothing. Fitton meanwhile upped the ante when he needed to, particularly in the final set but he never looked like he was going to lose and he finished up with a 85.26 average.

Seigo Asada v Jeff Smith -
Result - Smith won 3-1
A good win here for Smith to open his account against the crafty Asada and he'll be relieved to be through. Smith battled hard to win the opening set but Asada had some nice doubling to win the second before Smith regathered himself to win through to the first round with a 84.63 average which isn't great but he's only recovering from illness so improvements are expected.

Roger Janssen v Mark McGrath -
Result - McGrath victory 3-2
Another match that wasn't superb in terms of quality but it was full of drama as Janssen found his feet early on and surged into a two sets to nil lead before McGrath's doubling noticeably improved and that was enough to make a comeback and knock out Janssen and set up a first round match for himself even though his average was just 81.60 so he'll need to up that next time out.

Aileen de Graaf (3) v Rachel Brooks
Result - De Graaf won 2-0
A very composed performance here from De Graaf to beat a reasonably solid Brooks. She was a bit mixed at the beginning of both sets but she made sure to wrap up the sets at the crucial moments to set up a tie with Gulliver in the quarter-finals and carries a great 76.44 average through with her.

Jim Williams (13) v Tony O'Shea -
Result - Williams victory 3-0
Although it looks like a comprehensive Williams victory, it was far from it as O'Shea gave himself chances but was depserate on the doubles and that allowed Williams in consistently to take out the checkouts and O'Shea in the process. Williams only dropped two legs in the whole match though but won't be so lucky next time out and will need to drastically improve on his 82.62 average.
 

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And now I bring you my preview and predictions for Day 2 of the BDO World Championships.

Afternoon Session :
Martin Adams (5) v Ryan Joyce -
Another fantastic match to begin the day between two great players. Three-time World Champion Adams has done reasonably well this year considering he has been battling prostate cancer and it's great to see him up on this stage once again. This season he won the Dutch Open and made the Quarter-Finals of the Zuiderduin Masters but he's going to have to be on top form to beat Joyce who was mightily impressive yesterday when averaging over 90 in his win and I just don't know if Adams is on top form as his preparations have obviously been hampered and he did succumb under the pressure in the first round last year.
Prediction - Joyce to win 3-1 because I don't think Adams is back to his best yet.

Tom Sawyer v Paul Hogan (Preliminary) -
A difficult prelim match here to call between two reasonably good players. Sawyer doesn't have much big stage experience but has done well on the American tour this year with three tournament wins over there including the USA Dart Classic. Hogan meanwhile has been mashing up between the PDC Challenge Tour where he's been involved in the UK Open a few times and has been involved in all the BDO Majors before but not as much in recent years. This season he won the Benidorm Open and came through the difficult qualifier to participate here so he has some class and talent.
Prediction - Hogan looks better so 3-1 win

Lisa Ashton (2) v Sharon Prins
This is actually a really good woman's match to watch. Two-time world champion Ashton is always a threat and can hit high averages and this season she won the World Trophy so she is good form. Prins has lots of experience like Ashton and has made the semi-finals here twice but lost to Ashton both times so is the underdog. This season she made the Last 6 Group of the Zuiderduin Masters but doesn't look like she can beat Ashton.
Prediction - Ashton to win 2-0

Scott Mitchell (2) v Mark McGrath -
This seems like a mismatch between a former world champion and a debutant. 2015 World Champion Mitchell is a very capable player winning two tour ranking events this year, the Welsh Open and Isle of Man Classic while also making the World Masters and Zuiderduin Masters semi-finals. McGrath's creditentials have already been mentioned in a previous post but he wasn't convincing in the prelims and will need to massively improve.
Prediction - Mitchell to win 3-0


Evening Session :
Krzysztof Ratajski v Willem Mandigers (Preliminary) -
Two solid players here to begin the evening matches and it's hard to call this one. Ratajski has plenty of big stage experience as he made his debut here in 2009 and made the Last 32 of the World Trophy this year while also mixing it up on the PDC European Tour circuit and has participated in three World Cup of Darts. Mandigers makes his third consecutive appearance here but has never won a match and isn't progressing at the rate he probably would of liked to.
Prediction - Dutch darts is just in such a great place so picking Mandigers to win 3-2

Fallon Sherrock (7) v Olive Byamukama
This promises to be a good match up between two exciting young players. Sherrock was the runner-up here in 2015 and is always a threat in the majors and won the Japan Open this year. Byamukama is making her debut this year thanks to her consistently good performances on tour.
Prediction - Sherrock to win 2-0

Raymond Smith v Davy van Baelen (Preliminary) -
A big match here and it promises to be a tight and interesting encounter between two players at a similar level. Smith had a good season last year and continued that form this season by winning the North Queensland Classic and Sunshine State Classic tournaments so does have some class. Van Baelen has been around for a long time but was in the abyss reslly until last year and played really well to make the Last 16 of the World Masters which makes him favourite here.
Prediction - Van Baelen to win 3-1

Jamie Hughes (4) v Martin Atkins -
This is really set to be the best match of the session between two quality players. Hughes has developed into a really top quality player after making the semi-finals last year and made that same stage at the World Trophy. Hughes was one of the best BDO players at the Grand Slam of Darts this year too by making the Last 16 where he lost 10-9 to Chris Dobey even though he had plenty of match darts but he had good wins in the group stage over Dave Chisnall and James Wilson. Atkins has plenty of big stage experience but hasn't done much on tour or anything lately.
Prediction - Hughes to win 3-0
 

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Here we go now with the preview of Day 3 action at the BDO World Darts Championship.

Afternoon Session :
David Cameron v Jimmy Hendriks (Preliminary) -
The first prelim of the day is set to be a good quality and entertaining one. Cameron won the Canadian National Championships for the fourth consecutive year to qualify but has never progressed past the prelims in that time while he also made the Last 32 of the World Trophy so it's hard to know if he's suited to the big stage. Hendriks is a young up and coming player who done well on his debut here a few years ago and is still progressing. His highlights this season have been winning the Antwerp Open and making the Last 24 group of the Zuiderduin Masters.
Prediction - Hendriks the safer bet so 3-1 win

Craig Caldwell v Dennis Harbour (Preliminary) -
They may have saved the best prelim for last here with two great players involved. Caldwell came through the New Zealand regional table qualifier for the second consecutive year after enjoying another fairly succesful season where made the latter stages of most tournaments while also making the Last 32 of the World Trophy. He played well last year to win his prelim game which was the best of the lot while he has plenty of big stage experience courtesy of participating a couple of times in the PDC World Cup and World Series of Darts. Harbour played beautifully here last year to make the quarter-finals on debut and will be looking for more of the same again. This season he's been pretty quiet though but was runner-up at the English National Championships.
Prediction - Bound to be a close one but going to go with Caldwell 3-2 victory

Dean Reynolds (7) v Pip Blackwell -
A real good match to round off the session between two players who can really set the place alight. Reynolds has had a stunning season as he's made the World Masters Last 16, Zuiderduin Masters quarter-finals and World Trophy semi-final and that's just in terms of the majors. He's a really promising player though and someone I highly regard as he also won the England Classic and had six wins on the PDC Development Tour this season to win a tour card so is in great form. Blackwell has kind of gone backwards since he burst onto the scene a couple of years ago but this is his third consecutive appearance here although his results this season have been very mixed and I doubt he's carrying in any great confidence.
Prediction - Reynolds to go through 3-0


Evening Session :
Martin Phillips (16) v Paul Hogan -
This doesn't exactly promise to be the best match ever but it could be quite tense and exciting to watch because of that. I know I haven't done the results post yet but Hogan was solid and comprehensively outclassed Sawyer in the prelim once he found his feet and could threaten here. Phillips has been solid enough this year in terms of his major performances as he reached the Last 16 of the World Masters and World Trophy while also making the Zuiderduin Masters quarter-finals and on tour he won the Turkish Open and his class is evident.
Prediction - Phillips not to have it all his own way but still to win 3-1

Lorraine Winstanley (5) v Anca Ziljstra -
A tough encounter here between two big name players in the women's event. Winstanley has had a good year by winning the Scottish Open, making three other ranking finals and reaching the World Trophy quarter-final so will be expecting to win. Ziljstra is a crafty performer which showed when she made the quarter-finals here last year and the Last 16 of the World Trophy this season along with a couple of semi-finals on tour.
Prediction - Winstanley to win 2-1

Geert de Vos (15) v Raymond Smith -
Another seed versus prelim game which are usually interesting. De Vos has been on the scene a long time now and his progression should mean he'd be higher up the rankings but that's seemingly stalled recently. This season his best results were making the Zuiderduin Masters semi-finals, World Trophy and World Masters Last 16 and winning the Hal Masters on tour so has plenty of capability and potential which needs to be exploited now on a more regular basis. Smith came through his prelim game earlier which went the distance and he played alright but will really need to improve to win here.
Prediction - De Vos to win 3-0

Brian Dawson (12) v Jeff Smith -
A repeat here of the same round of the World Masters from last month in which Dawson triumphed. Smith played alright in the prelim and can do much better which he'll need to but isn't 100% back from illness but loves this event so much so it's hard to see him lose even though Dawson is in the better shape. Dawson reached the Last 16 of the World Trophy and World Masters this season but his tour results have been a bit mixed.
Prediction - Smith to win 3-2
 

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Here we go now with the preview of Day 3 action at the BDO World Darts Championship.

Afternoon Session :
David Cameron v Jimmy Hendriks (Preliminary) -
The first prelim of the day is set to be a good quality and entertaining one. Cameron won the Canadian National Championships for the fourth consecutive year to qualify but has never progressed past the prelims in that time while he also made the Last 32 of the World Trophy so it's hard to know if he's suited to the big stage. Hendriks is a young up and coming player who done well on his debut here a few years ago and is still progressing. His highlights this season have been winning the Antwerp Open and making the Last 24 group of the Zuiderduin Masters.
Prediction - Hendriks the safer bet so 3-1 win

Craig Caldwell v Dennis Harbour (Preliminary) -
They may have saved the best prelim for last here with two great players involved. Caldwell came through the New Zealand regional table qualifier for the second consecutive year after enjoying another fairly succesful season where made the latter stages of most tournaments while also making the Last 32 of the World Trophy. He played well last year to win his prelim game which was the best of the lot while he has plenty of big stage experience courtesy of participating a couple of times in the PDC World Cup and World Series of Darts. Harbour played beautifully here last year to make the quarter-finals on debut and will be looking for more of the same again. This season he's been pretty quiet though but was runner-up at the English National Championships.
Prediction - Bound to be a close one but going to go with Caldwell 3-2 victory

Dean Reynolds (7) v Pip Blackwell -
A real good match to round off the session between two players who can really set the place alight. Reynolds has had a stunning season as he's made the World Masters Last 16, Zuiderduin Masters quarter-finals and World Trophy semi-final and that's just in terms of the majors. He's a really promising player though and someone I highly regard as he also won the England Classic and had six wins on the PDC Development Tour this season to win a tour card so is in great form. Blackwell has kind of gone backwards since he burst onto the scene a couple of years ago but this is his third consecutive appearance here although his results this season have been very mixed and I doubt he's carrying in any great confidence.
Prediction - Reynolds to go through 3-0


Evening Session :
Martin Phillips (16) v Paul Hogan -
This doesn't exactly promise to be the best match ever but it could be quite tense and exciting to watch because of that. I know I haven't done the results post yet but Hogan was solid and comprehensively outclassed Sawyer in the prelim once he found his feet and could threaten here. Phillips has been solid enough this year in terms of his major performances as he reached the Last 16 of the World Masters and World Trophy while also making the Zuiderduin Masters quarter-finals and on tour he won the Turkish Open and his class is evident.
Prediction - Phillips not to have it all his own way but still to win 3-1

Lorraine Winstanley (5) v Anca Ziljstra -
A tough encounter here between two big name players in the women's event. Winstanley has had a good year by winning the Scottish Open, making three other ranking finals and reaching the World Trophy quarter-final so will be expecting to win. Ziljstra is a crafty performer which showed when she made the quarter-finals here last year and the Last 16 of the World Trophy this season along with a couple of semi-finals on tour.
Prediction - Winstanley to win 2-1

Geert de Vos (15) v Raymond Smith -
Another seed versus prelim game which are usually interesting. De Vos has been on the scene a long time now and his progression should mean he'd be higher up the rankings but that's seemingly stalled recently. This season his best results were making the Zuiderduin Masters semi-finals, World Trophy and World Masters Last 16 and winning the Hal Masters on tour so has plenty of capability and potential which needs to be exploited now on a more regular basis. Smith came through his prelim game earlier which went the distance and he played alright but will really need to improve to win here.
Prediction - De Vos to win 3-0

Brian Dawson (12) v Jeff Smith -
A repeat here of the same round of the World Masters from last month in which Dawson triumphed. Smith played alright in the prelim and can do much better which he'll need to but isn't 100% back from illness but loves this event so much so it's hard to see him lose even though Dawson is in the better shape. Dawson reached the Last 16 of the World Trophy and World Masters this season but his tour results have been a bit mixed.
Prediction - Smith to win 3-2
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And now I bring you my preview and predictions for Day 2 of the BDO World Championships.

Afternoon Session :
Martin Adams (5) v Ryan Joyce -
Another fantastic match to begin the day between two great players. Three-time World Champion Adams has done reasonably well this year considering he has been battling prostate cancer and it's great to see him up on this stage once again. This season he won the Dutch Open and made the Quarter-Finals of the Zuiderduin Masters but he's going to have to be on top form to beat Joyce who was mightily impressive yesterday when averaging over 90 in his win and I just don't know if Adams is on top form as his preparations have obviously been hampered and he did succumb under the pressure in the first round last year.
Prediction - Joyce to win 3-1 because I don't think Adams is back to his best yet.

Tom Sawyer v Paul Hogan (Preliminary) -
A difficult prelim match here to call between two reasonably good players. Sawyer doesn't have much big stage experience but has done well on the American tour this year with three tournament wins over there including the USA Dart Classic. Hogan meanwhile has been mashing up between the PDC Challenge Tour where he's been involved in the UK Open a few times and has been involved in all the BDO Majors before but not as much in recent years. This season he won the Benidorm Open and came through the difficult qualifier to participate here so he has some class and talent.
Prediction - Hogan looks better so 3-1 win

Lisa Ashton (2) v Sharon Prins
This is actually a really good woman's match to watch. Two-time world champion Ashton is always a threat and can hit high averages and this season she won the World Trophy so she is good form. Prins has lots of experience like Ashton and has made the semi-finals here twice but lost to Ashton both times so is the underdog. This season she made the Last 6 Group of the Zuiderduin Masters but doesn't look like she can beat Ashton.
Prediction - Ashton to win 2-0

Scott Mitchell (2) v Mark McGrath -
This seems like a mismatch between a former world champion and a debutant. 2015 World Champion Mitchell is a very capable player winning two tour ranking events this year, the Welsh Open and Isle of Man Classic while also making the World Masters and Zuiderduin Masters semi-finals. McGrath's creditentials have already been mentioned in a previous post but he wasn't convincing in the prelims and will need to massively improve.
Prediction - Mitchell to win 3-0


Evening Session :
Krzysztof Ratajski v Willem Mandigers (Preliminary) -
Two solid players here to begin the evening matches and it's hard to call this one. Ratajski has plenty of big stage experience as he made his debut here in 2009 and made the Last 32 of the World Trophy this year while also mixing it up on the PDC European Tour circuit and has participated in three World Cup of Darts. Mandigers makes his third consecutive appearance here but has never won a match and isn't progressing at the rate he probably would of liked to.
Prediction - Dutch darts is just in such a great place so picking Mandigers to win 3-2

Fallon Sherrock (7) v Olive Byamukama
This promises to be a good match up between two exciting young players. Sherrock was the runner-up here in 2015 and is always a threat in the majors and won the Japan Open this year. Byamukama is making her debut this year thanks to her consistently good performances on tour.
Prediction - Sherrock to win 2-0

Raymond Smith v Davy van Baelen (Preliminary) -
A big match here and it promises to be a tight and interesting encounter between two players at a similar level. Smith had a good season last year and continued that form this season by winning the North Queensland Classic and Sunshine State Classic tournaments so does have some class. Van Baelen has been around for a long time but was in the abyss reslly until last year and played really well to make the Last 16 of the World Masters which makes him favourite here.
Prediction - Van Baelen to win 3-1

Jamie Hughes (4) v Martin Atkins -
This is really set to be the best match of the session between two quality players. Hughes has developed into a really top quality player after making the semi-finals last year and made that same stage at the World Trophy. Hughes was one of the best BDO players at the Grand Slam of Darts this year too by making the Last 16 where he lost 10-9 to Chris Dobey even though he had plenty of match darts but he had good wins in the group stage over Dave Chisnall and James Wilson. Atkins has plenty of big stage experience but hasn't done much on tour or anything lately.
Prediction - Hughes to win 3-0
Day 2 Report :
Here is the results and analysis of the results of another great day's action at the Lakeside Wolrd Championships.

Martin Adams (5) v Ryan Joyce -
Result - Adams won 3-2
A superb match to begin proceedings prevailed to be an epic as it went right down to a tiebreak and Wolfie had to use all the experience and class he has to see of an excellent Joyce. Joyce looked the better player throughout and was always in the lead and did miss one dart for the match but his 164 checkout to send the match to a tiebreak was special and to lose with just under a 88 average shows how well he played. Adams meanwhile battle so hard and never gave up as he didn't want to have two consecutive first round exits and his scoring was consistent and he several nice ton-plus checkout including a magnificent 115 when Joyce was left on D18 for the match. He finished with a 91.74 average and is going to be hard to beat.

Tom Sawyer v Paul Hogan -
Result - Hogan victory 3-0
Not the best prelim game I've ever seen by a long shot but once Hogan found his feet it was comfortable for him. Sawyer was abysmal and really offered nothing although he was suffering shoulder problems but he was going nowhere with a 72 average. Hogan's scoring was solid and he was clean enough on the doubles so he finished up with a 85.65 average which means he's a threat in the first round proper and any subsequent rounds.

Lisa Ashton (2) v Sharon Prins
Result - Ashton won 2-0
A very accomplished performance from Ashton to seal the win but it was needed as Prins was no pushover. Prins pushed her hard and averaged nearly 75 which would of won her some of the other first round matches but Ashton was looking imperious. Her scoring was good and that's reflected in her 87.06 average and she's most definitely a force to be reckoned with in this event if she can continue that form.

Scott Mitchell (2) v Mark McGrath -
Result - Mitchell victory 3-0
A reasonably one-sided and relatively unexciting affair to round off the session. McGrath was no better than he was in the prelims and looked like had no fighting spirit so was never going to win. Mitchell had it all to himself and he done well to remain composed and see it off comfortably with a 87.81 average to go through with him which can improve as he wasn't pushed.

Krzysztof Ratajski v Willem Mandigers -
Result - Ratajski won 3-2
Another that went the distance but it was eventually Ratajski who won 5-3 in the final set to go through. Mandigers was a big hit and miss but showed signs of promise which is shown by his 87.48 average but his form left him at crucial moments. Ratajski was steady as you go and showed really steely qualities in the final set to win as he knocked in a 12 darter to win the match and set up a first round match with a good 88+ average.

Fallon Sherrock (7) v Olive Byamukama
Result - Sherrock victory 2-0
A real one-sided match here as one half of the competitors didn't turn up in nowhere near her best form. Byamukama has made such great strides this season but just could bring it on the big stage as her scoring was very patchy. Sherrock found her rhythm eventually and never looked like losing and book her quarter-final place with a 78.39 average to go with it.

Raymond Smith v Davy van Baelen -
Result - Smith won 3-2
A real grudge match here between two well-matched operators. Van Baelen looked like he has the potential to go on and win the match but nerves hit him and he couldn't prevent a Smith fight back even though his average was superior to him. Smith showed real fighting qualities to seal the comeback deal and go through with a 80.31 average which will need to be improved on.

Jamie Hughes (4) v Martin Atkins -
Result - Hughes victory 3-1
A real classy encounter in what could of been a real slog as it ran on till midnight because of the duration of the other matches. Atkins was very capable but just lacked a bit of firepower needed to get over the line but his 88.69 average is very respectable. Hughes was the most impressive player so far as his all round play was great and could of easily lost but held it together to progress through and is a threat considering his average of 94.38 which is the second highest so far.
 

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And now I bring you the Day 4 preview and predictions for the biggest BDO tournament of the year.

Afternoon Session :
Danny Noppert (3) v David Cameron -
A real good game to start the day once again at the Lakeside. Noppert has had a fantastic season which has included reaching the World Trophy quarter-finals and having four tour ranking event wins such as the German Open and Scottish Open which have elevated him up the rankings. He was also mightily impressive at the PDC Grand Slam of Darts where he adjusted really well to the crowd and made the Last 16 where he lost to Gary Anderson 10-9 but averaged over 100 in 3 out of his 4 games and beat Mensur Suljovic 5-3 and Nathan Aspinall 5-2 and his all-round game is magnificent. Cameron can't be discredited though as he put in a really good performance to see off Jimmy Hendriks in the prelim but it's hard to know if that form and more can be replicated.
Prediction - Noppert to win 3-0

Richard Veenstra (14) v Ross Montgomery -
This could be another long, drawn-out encounter between two good players. Veenstra took this stage by storm last year when he made the semi-final on debut and only lost in a last set shootout so is top class. This season his progression has been solid but he had no other notable major performances but did win the prestigious Europe Cup singles. Montgomery meanwhile has dropped out of the Top 16 which is a difficult thing to come back from but he's a sturdy and shrewd operator and you can never discount the former captain of Scotland. This season he's been quiet yet again on tour but did win the Belgium Open to show his skills are still there.
Prediction - Veenstra to win 3-1

Deta Hedman (1) v Casey Gallagher
I fancy this to be a real good match as Hedman will want to lay down a gauntlet as some of her main competitors have been very good so far but she may not have it all her own way against Gallagher who is quite a good player. Hedman has come back from her third World final defeat in good form by making the final of the World Trophy and winning a mammoth 17 tour titles including the British Championships and European Open so is in stellar form. Gallagher is making her third consecutive appearance here and has never won a match and this isn't the best opposition to face to try achieve your maiden win. This season she's been solid enough but no noteworthy performance really.
Prediction - Hedman to win 2-0

Wesley Harms (9) v Krzystof Ratajski -
This is quite an interesting encounter between two players of very differing styles. I've already mentioned Ratajski's credentials in an earlier post and he was very good in beating another Dutchman Mandigers in the prelim. Harms is one of the most consistent players in the world and has won three big events this year including the Italian Grand Masters, German Masters and Europe Cup Pairs whilst also making the quarter-final of the Zuiderduin Masters and World Masters.
Prediction - Harms to win 3-0


Evening Session :
Mark McGeeney (11) v James Hurrell -
This is another fascinating match-up and could go any way. Hurrell is making good progress this year and will want to crack the Top 16 this year and a good run could really do that. He's on debut here but has participated in other majors and made the Last 32 of the World Masters this season and also won the Police Masters so has class. McGeeney is one of the most improved, craftiest and solid players there is and that's really shown this season. He went all the way to the World Masters final only to be beaten by Durrant while also being runner-up at the British Classic and European Open so he can do it when it matters.
Prediction - McGeeney to win 3-1

Anastastia Dobromyslova (4) v Rhian Griffiths
A seeming mismatch here between a debutant and three-time world champion but don't be fooled. Griffiths is only narrowly outside the seeded ranks and made the World Trophy semi-finals and World Masters last 12 this season whilst also being runner-up at two tour events. Dobromyslova has won all the big events in the BDO but not in the last couple of years but she's looking for redemption against strong competition. That said she did win the most recent major, the Zuiderduin Masters so is carrying in strong form and also reached the World Trophy semi-finals and won four ranking titles such as the BDO Gold Cup, Czech Open and European Classic.
Prediction - Dobromyslova to come out on top 2-0

Darius Labanauskas (8) v Conan Whitehead -
This could be a potential banana skin here for either if they're not on top form. Whitehead is obviously the underdog and is on debut but this season he did make the Last 24 of the Zuiderduin Masters and the England Open final. Labanauskas has been on the rise the last couple of years, no doubt thanks to another solid season where he made the World Trophy quarter-final, World Masters last 16 and won two ranking tour events which were the Denmark Open and Hal Open.
Prediction - Labanauskas to win 3-0

Scott Waites (6) v Dennis Harbour -
They saved the defending World Champion till last to round off the first round matches. Harbour is not a pushover and was good in the prelim in defeating Craig Caldwell but will need to up the ante. Waites has pushed on a bit since winning the World title as he made the World Trophy quarter-final and also won the European Classic but was disappointing at the PDC Grand Slam of Darts where he lost all three games in quite an open group.
Prediction - Waites to go through 3-1
 

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Here we go now with the preview of Day 3 action at the BDO World Darts Championship.

Afternoon Session :
David Cameron v Jimmy Hendriks (Preliminary) -
The first prelim of the day is set to be a good quality and entertaining one. Cameron won the Canadian National Championships for the fourth consecutive year to qualify but has never progressed past the prelims in that time while he also made the Last 32 of the World Trophy so it's hard to know if he's suited to the big stage. Hendriks is a young up and coming player who done well on his debut here a few years ago and is still progressing. His highlights this season have been winning the Antwerp Open and making the Last 24 group of the Zuiderduin Masters.
Prediction - Hendriks the safer bet so 3-1 win

Craig Caldwell v Dennis Harbour (Preliminary) -
They may have saved the best prelim for last here with two great players involved. Caldwell came through the New Zealand regional table qualifier for the second consecutive year after enjoying another fairly succesful season where made the latter stages of most tournaments while also making the Last 32 of the World Trophy. He played well last year to win his prelim game which was the best of the lot while he has plenty of big stage experience courtesy of participating a couple of times in the PDC World Cup and World Series of Darts. Harbour played beautifully here last year to make the quarter-finals on debut and will be looking for more of the same again. This season he's been pretty quiet though but was runner-up at the English National Championships.
Prediction - Bound to be a close one but going to go with Caldwell 3-2 victory

Dean Reynolds (7) v Pip Blackwell -
A real good match to round off the session between two players who can really set the place alight. Reynolds has had a stunning season as he's made the World Masters Last 16, Zuiderduin Masters quarter-finals and World Trophy semi-final and that's just in terms of the majors. He's a really promising player though and someone I highly regard as he also won the England Classic and had six wins on the PDC Development Tour this season to win a tour card so is in great form. Blackwell has kind of gone backwards since he burst onto the scene a couple of years ago but this is his third consecutive appearance here although his results this season have been very mixed and I doubt he's carrying in any great confidence.
Prediction - Reynolds to go through 3-0


Evening Session :
Martin Phillips (16) v Paul Hogan -
This doesn't exactly promise to be the best match ever but it could be quite tense and exciting to watch because of that. I know I haven't done the results post yet but Hogan was solid and comprehensively outclassed Sawyer in the prelim once he found his feet and could threaten here. Phillips has been solid enough this year in terms of his major performances as he reached the Last 16 of the World Masters and World Trophy while also making the Zuiderduin Masters quarter-finals and on tour he won the Turkish Open and his class is evident.
Prediction - Phillips not to have it all his own way but still to win 3-1

Lorraine Winstanley (5) v Anca Ziljstra -
A tough encounter here between two big name players in the women's event. Winstanley has had a good year by winning the Scottish Open, making three other ranking finals and reaching the World Trophy quarter-final so will be expecting to win. Ziljstra is a crafty performer which showed when she made the quarter-finals here last year and the Last 16 of the World Trophy this season along with a couple of semi-finals on tour.
Prediction - Winstanley to win 2-1

Geert de Vos (15) v Raymond Smith -
Another seed versus prelim game which are usually interesting. De Vos has been on the scene a long time now and his progression should mean he'd be higher up the rankings but that's seemingly stalled recently. This season his best results were making the Zuiderduin Masters semi-finals, World Trophy and World Masters Last 16 and winning the Hal Masters on tour so has plenty of capability and potential which needs to be exploited now on a more regular basis. Smith came through his prelim game earlier which went the distance and he played alright but will really need to improve to win here.
Prediction - De Vos to win 3-0

Brian Dawson (12) v Jeff Smith -
A repeat here of the same round of the World Masters from last month in which Dawson triumphed. Smith played alright in the prelim and can do much better which he'll need to but isn't 100% back from illness but loves this event so much so it's hard to see him lose even though Dawson is in the better shape. Dawson reached the Last 16 of the World Trophy and World Masters this season but his tour results have been a bit mixed.
Prediction - Smith to win 3-2
Day 3 Report :
Here is the the full report of results now from another cracking day of action yesterday at the BDO World's.

David Cameron v Jimmy Hendriks -
Result - Cameron won 3-1
One of the most impressive prelim games I've seen played in this tournament but it was the Canadian who ousted the Dutchman. Hendricks looked a good prospect and even averaged slightly higher than Cameron as both were over 86 so it showed that it was a high quality affair. Cameron though was very assured and his good all-round play helped him set up the checkouts which he converted to allow him progress to the first round proper.

Craig Caldwell v Dennis Harbour -
Result - Harbour victory 3-1
The final prelim of the event was probably a little bit underwhelming to what I was expecting but Harbour was the better player and deserved his victory. Caldwell just didn't turn up with his best form and wasn't stylish at all so was never going to win. Harbour wasn't at his best but his 82 average was enough to win but he'll have to improve in the next round but I think he has another gear if he needs it.

Dean Reynolds (7) v Pip Blackwell -
Result - Blackwell won 3-2
Of course a player I tip to do well blows it in the first round but Reynolds really imploded in this match as he was two sets to nil up and had match darts to win but never converted them. He started off much the brighter player and looked to be cruising towards victory but just hit a point where his form left him. Blackwell managed to improve his somewhat which was just enough to bring it back, Reynolds' scoring saw him first to a double most legs but he just couldn't convert them and Blackwell eventually punished him but it was a really entertaining game and one Reynolds shouldn't of lost considering Blackwell is through although he only averaged 81.36 but it'll be a learning cure for both.

Martin Phillips (16) v Paul Hogan -
Result - Hogan victory 3-2
To be burner I'm disappointed I wasn't brave enough to go with Hogan as my prediction because I was thinking him but once I saw Phillip's accolades from this season I was swayed to choose him. Hogan was noticeably better than the prelim and he really used that game to his advantage. He settled in quickly and was motoring from the beginning and it was a real slog that went to a final set. Phillips was resilient but simply not doing or playing well enough to win against Hogan who was playing his best darts as shown by his 91.62 average which gives Glen Durrant something to think about in the next round.

Lorraine Winstanley (5) v Anca Ziljstra
Result - Winstanley won 2-0
Not the best women's match of the tournament by a long shot or any stretch of the imagination but Winstanley won't care as she'll just be happy to be still in and have a quarter final encounter. Ziljstra didn't play great and didn't make any sort of good impression where as Winstanley was very steady as per usual which is exhibited by her 74.52 average and she'll be hoping to hope her game a bit now next time out to put up a challenge and wage a title tilt.

Geert de Vos (15) v Raymond Smith -
Result - De Vos victory 3-0
This kind of surprisingly turned out to be a really good game and Smith played a lot better than the scoreline suggests as he actually averaged over 92 which probably would of won him some of the other games this round. De Vos though was pushed in each individual set and will be relieved to have gotten over the line reasonably comfortably his 96.96 average, the joint highest so far with Glen Durrant, actually shows that he played top quality darts and could make a real stab at this.

Brian Dawson (12) v Jeff Smith -
Result - Smith won 3-2
A good prediction here by me as Smith managed to avenge his Masters defeat to Dawson by inflicting a first round exit to him here. It was a tight match as expected and deservedly went the whole way but it was Smith whose scoring was much sharper than the prelim which afforded him more opportunities than Dawson to win it and that's exactly what he done and averaged 91.71 to go with it and is only going to improve it looks like.
 

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Here we go now with the preview of Day 5 of the BDO World Championships taking place at Frimley Green. All the preliminary and first round games are now completed so we move on now to the Men's Last 16 which are now best of 7 sets.

Afternoon Session :
Geert de Vos (15) v Scott Mitchell (2) -
What a cracker of match to begin this round of matches between two great players. De Vos has had a good season and was the most impressive player in round one when he beat Raymond Smith bar Gken Durrant and Danny Noppert and is showing good form ahead of this clash of titans. Mitchell is always a good performer and is doing well on the big stages. He looked very comfortable against Mark McGrath in the Last 32 and will need to be on top form I suspect for this match. Could go the distance.
Prediction - Mitchell has the better record here so him to edge it 4-3

Corrine Hammond (8) v Patricia Farrell
The last of the women's first round games to be played is quite an interesting one. Farrell is on debut here but has done well over in North America and came through the large playoff qualifier to play here so has talent, it's just whether she can show it now or not is the big question. Hammond made her maiden appearance here last year but was unseeded but now she has the advantage of a good ranking. This season has been very good for her as she made the World Masters and World Trophy quarter-finals but doesn't commit fully to the tour so her ranking is wholly representative as when she does participate she usually does well so that's a caveat.
Prediction - Hammond for the victory 2-0

Martin Adams (5) v Jeff Smith -
A rematch of sorts between two classy operators with Smith sensationally dumping out Wolfie in the first round last year so this could be another redemption story, except this time it's against Smith. Adams was unflappable against Joyce and just wouldn't not give up or cave in and just showed some steely quality that not every player possesses so Smith must watch out for that if he even has a sizeable lead, Adams won't give up. Smith has two games under his belt already and they've been two tough opponents, particularly the seeded Dawson so he is playing well because if he wasn't he'd definitely be gone by now. I think it's a matter of who can finish it out strongly rather than getting out of the blocks well and building a lead.
Prediction - Smith to win 4-3 (can't believe I'm going against Adams for the second time even though he's my favourite BDO player)


Evening Session :
Darryl Fitton (10) v Pip Blackwell :
The exit of Reynolds by Blackwell in the opening round presents the two players here with a really good opportunity of a quarter-final spot. Blackwell wasn't inspiring or magnificent against Reynolds and really should of lost but was allowed in and took his chances but will really need to up his game to try keep up with Fitton. Fitton struggled in spurts against Vaes but I think he'll just be happy to have that match out of the way and even happier that he's not facing Reynolds so he'll fancy his chances with all due respect to Blackwell.
Prediction - Fitton to go through 4-1

Jim Williams (13) v Jamie Hughes (4) -
Yet another exciting match up between two seeded players who at the top of their game can turn on the fireworks. Williams was involved in a tussle and a struggle against O'Shea birth kind of dragged each other down so he'll be looking for a much more positive affair and a bright start. Hughes was very composed to see off the hard fought challenge of Atkins and that'll make him more battle-hardened and harder to defeat now and he's a really great player.
Prediction - Hughes to win 4-1

Paul Hogan v Glen Durrant (1) -
The big favourite is back in action but can't count his chickens just yet obviously. He'll be happy to be against Higan in the sense that he's not a seeded player he'll know that Hogan has already won two games and has had one giant killing so what's to stop him having another so that'll be playing on Durrant's mind so Hogan will have to take advantage of that if he wants to mount any sort of a challenge. Durrant was excellent in the Last 32 against a stern competitor in Kenny and he'll be delighted that that match is over and I think he's only going to up his average from now on.
Prediction - Durrant to set an example and come through 4-0
 

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And now I bring you the Day 4 preview and predictions for the biggest BDO tournament of the year.

Afternoon Session :
Danny Noppert (3) v David Cameron -
A real good game to start the day once again at the Lakeside. Noppert has had a fantastic season which has included reaching the World Trophy quarter-finals and having four tour ranking event wins such as the German Open and Scottish Open which have elevated him up the rankings. He was also mightily impressive at the PDC Grand Slam of Darts where he adjusted really well to the crowd and made the Last 16 where he lost to Gary Anderson 10-9 but averaged over 100 in 3 out of his 4 games and beat Mensur Suljovic 5-3 and Nathan Aspinall 5-2 and his all-round game is magnificent. Cameron can't be discredited though as he put in a really good performance to see off Jimmy Hendriks in the prelim but it's hard to know if that form and more can be replicated.
Prediction - Noppert to win 3-0

Richard Veenstra (14) v Ross Montgomery -
This could be another long, drawn-out encounter between two good players. Veenstra took this stage by storm last year when he made the semi-final on debut and only lost in a last set shootout so is top class. This season his progression has been solid but he had no other notable major performances but did win the prestigious Europe Cup singles. Montgomery meanwhile has dropped out of the Top 16 which is a difficult thing to come back from but he's a sturdy and shrewd operator and you can never discount the former captain of Scotland. This season he's been quiet yet again on tour but did win the Belgium Open to show his skills are still there.
Prediction - Veenstra to win 3-1

Deta Hedman (1) v Casey Gallagher
I fancy this to be a real good match as Hedman will want to lay down a gauntlet as some of her main competitors have been very good so far but she may not have it all her own way against Gallagher who is quite a good player. Hedman has come back from her third World final defeat in good form by making the final of the World Trophy and winning a mammoth 17 tour titles including the British Championships and European Open so is in stellar form. Gallagher is making her third consecutive appearance here and has never won a match and this isn't the best opposition to face to try achieve your maiden win. This season she's been solid enough but no noteworthy performance really.
Prediction - Hedman to win 2-0

Wesley Harms (9) v Krzystof Ratajski -
This is quite an interesting encounter between two players of very differing styles. I've already mentioned Ratajski's credentials in an earlier post and he was very good in beating another Dutchman Mandigers in the prelim. Harms is one of the most consistent players in the world and has won three big events this year including the Italian Grand Masters, German Masters and Europe Cup Pairs whilst also making the quarter-final of the Zuiderduin Masters and World Masters.
Prediction - Harms to win 3-0


Evening Session :
Mark McGeeney (11) v James Hurrell -
This is another fascinating match-up and could go any way. Hurrell is making good progress this year and will want to crack the Top 16 this year and a good run could really do that. He's on debut here but has participated in other majors and made the Last 32 of the World Masters this season and also won the Police Masters so has class. McGeeney is one of the most improved, craftiest and solid players there is and that's really shown this season. He went all the way to the World Masters final only to be beaten by Durrant while also being runner-up at the British Classic and European Open so he can do it when it matters.
Prediction - McGeeney to win 3-1

Anastastia Dobromyslova (4) v Rhian Griffiths
A seeming mismatch here between a debutant and three-time world champion but don't be fooled. Griffiths is only narrowly outside the seeded ranks and made the World Trophy semi-finals and World Masters last 12 this season whilst also being runner-up at two tour events. Dobromyslova has won all the big events in the BDO but not in the last couple of years but she's looking for redemption against strong competition. That said she did win the most recent major, the Zuiderduin Masters so is carrying in strong form and also reached the World Trophy semi-finals and won four ranking titles such as the BDO Gold Cup, Czech Open and European Classic.
Prediction - Dobromyslova to come out on top 2-0

Darius Labanauskas (8) v Conan Whitehead -
This could be a potential banana skin here for either if they're not on top form. Whitehead is obviously the underdog and is on debut but this season he did make the Last 24 of the Zuiderduin Masters and the England Open final. Labanauskas has been on the rise the last couple of years, no doubt thanks to another solid season where he made the World Trophy quarter-final, World Masters last 16 and won two ranking tour events which were the Denmark Open and Hal Open.
Prediction - Labanauskas to win 3-0

Scott Waites (6) v Dennis Harbour -
They saved the defending World Champion till last to round off the first round matches. Harbour is not a pushover and was good in the prelim in defeating Craig Caldwell but will need to up the ante. Waites has pushed on a bit since winning the World title as he made the World Trophy quarter-final and also won the European Classic but was disappointing at the PDC Grand Slam of Darts where he lost all three games in quite an open group.
Prediction - Waites to go through 3-1
Day 4 Report :
Here are the results and analysis of yet another great day of matches at the Lakeside Worlds.

Danny Noppert (3) v David Cameron -
Result - Noppert won 3-1
The new best performance of the tournament now goes to the debutant Noppert who sizzled in this match against an outclassed opponent. Cameron didn't play all that bad and did improve a bit from the prelim and done well to nip a set off him. Noppert was consistently very good and throughout and prevented Cameron from mounting a comeback and sealed the win nicely to go through after having the highest average so far of 98.06 so he's a force to be reckoned with in this tournament.

Richard Veenstra (14) v Ross Montgomery -
Result - Veenstra victory 3-1
This match went pretty much how I expected and predicted it to. Montgomery played quite solid but needed more than that if he wanted to come through here but he did do enough for a set but never looked like beating Veenstra. Veenstra was in very good form as he was very dangerous on the high checkouts, especially between 100-130 as he took out several of them to win the match and progresses with a 91.47 to set up a tie with fellow Dutchman Danny Noppert.

Deta Hedman (1) v Casey Gallagher -
Result - Gallagher won 2-1
The biggest shock of the tournament so far in either event came in this match as the number one seed was sensationally dumped out of the tournament here. Hedman stormed into the lead to win the first set and had several darts to win the match in straight sets but she afforded too many opportunities to Gallagher who managed to take them to win the second set. Hedman lost her composure after that and Gallagher came into her own to secure a memorable victory with a good 79.86 average so whose to say that this isn't a one off and could go far now as the draw opens up now and she assumes the role of the number one seed.

Wesley Harms (9) v Krzystof Ratajski -
Result - Ratajski victory 3-0
Another shock victory here but the scoreline slightly flatters Ratajski as the match was fairly scrappy and tight and Harms actually averaged higher than Ratajski as they both averaged over 84 so it wasn't exactly the highest quality game. Harms was so disappointing and just never got into any sort of profilic rhythm and he just afforded Ratajski too many opportunities who put in a performance typical of him and probably wasn't even as good as he was in the prelim which shows how poor Harms was.

Anastasia Dobromyslova (4) v Rhian Griffiths -
Result - Dobromyslova won 2-1
The best women's match of the tournament goes to the one played here by these two ladies. Both ladies actually averaged higher than the men in the match before them which is a good indicator of the standard this match was played at. Griffiths averaged 86.46 and really pushed her hard and worried her by winning a set which spurned Dobromyslova into action. Dobromyslova used all her experience and class to remain composed in the final set to win through with a 85.50 average.

Mark McGeeney (11) v James Hurrell -
Result - McGeeney victory 3-1
Another good prediction here but it was a decisive performance by McGeeney and was an enjoyable game to watch as it was played at a higher standard than I anticipated. Hurrell fought very hard and never gave up and deserved to win a set with his 87.75 average which meant McGeeney had to play supremely well which he did. McGeeney looked very composed and confident in what wasn't an easy game for him as he came through with a 90.96 average.

Darius Labanauskas (8) v Conan Whitehead -
Result - Labanauskas won 3-1
Quite a similar result here to the last match except it was just a little more convicting by Labanauskas. Whitehead displayed some good darting qualities especially to take a set but just didn't look good enough to win this match. Labanauskas' all-round game was very good and he'll be very pleased with his performance as he had a 91.74 average which will always get your far in these early rounds.

Scott Waites (6) v Dennis Harbour -
Result - Waties victory 3–1
This match turned out to be much more of a slog than a clash affair which I had hoped for. Harbour did play good enough to be fair considering his resilience could of been easily broken when Waites took out a 142 checkout to win the first set when Harbour was left on a double but he came back strong to win a set. Waites wasn't sublime and dipped in and out of the match but done enough damage with his scoring power to win through with a good 90.54 average.
 

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Here we go now with the preview of Day 6 of the BDO World Championships and now all first round games are over so it's women's quarter-finals day.

Afternoon Session :
Nathan Girvan v Justin van Tergouw (Youth Final) -
It's good to see the BDO youth final being televised once again this year and it was a throughly entertaining and encouraging match last year and I expect the same high standard if not better this year. Van Tergouw is 16 years old and would be the favourite here for me as this season he won the World Youth Masters and Europe Youth Cup along with making the final of a PDC Development Tour event so he's well able to mix it up with the big boys. He came through three last leg deciders to qualify for this final and this should be close. 14-year old Girvan played very well to make this final and won through two last-leg shootouts so he has some grit and has dominated the Scottish Youth tour this season but hasn't been involved on the big stage much.
Prediction - Van Tergius to win 3-1

Lisa Ashton (2) v Fallon Sherrock (7)
A repeat of the 2015 world final is a tasty affair to kick off the women's action. At her best, Ashton is the best women's player without doubt and she loves this stage as it seems to bring out the best in her so Sherrock will have to be aware of that. Ashton swept aside Prins in the first round and has the highest average of 87+ so is looking imperious. Sherrock took a bit but once she found her rhythm she comfortably beat a poor Byamukama but this is a whole different encounter and she'll really need to bring up her average from 78 and a good start is crucial.
Prediction - Ashton to come through 2-0

Scott Waites (6) v Mark McGeeney (11) -
The first match of the men's draw comes between two intriguing English darters. Defending champion Waites wasnt unbelievable when beating Harbour but still averaged over 90 and his scoring can just do so much damage but he'll need to be more consistent here or he'll give away sets. McGeeney came through a tough assignment again Hurrell quite well to be fair and averaged just under 91 so it'll be interesting to see how much he can up that. This could be a really high quality affair between two players who can average well into the 90's.
Prediction - Waites to progress 4-2

Trina Gulliver (6) v Aileen de Graaf (3)
This is such a hard one to call between the defending champion Gulliver and two-time major winner de Graaf who's in form. Neither of these were mesmerising in round one and even though De Graaf's average of 76.44 seems a good bit better than Gulliver's 72, the latter's start was so dismal that her second set average was actually much higher and if she brings that to this match then it'll be hard for De Graaf to win. Should be a close one.
Prediction - Gulliver to continue her title defence with a 2-1 victory


Evening Session :
Casey Gallagher v Corrine Hammond (8) -
Two of the lesser known names before this tournament now find themselves pitted against each other for a semi-final spot. Gallagher has definitely made name for herself after impressively coming back to dump out top seed Hedman and averaged just under 80 which is always good. Hammond won her match against Farrell which was scrappy and a modest 70.44 average was enough to win in straight sets but I somehow doubt that'll be the case her and she'll need to improve unless she's going to be the next giant killing.
Prediction - Gallagher to win 2-1

Darius Labanauskas (8) v Krzystof Ratajski -
I think this match is a real credit to the BDO's development system to have a Lithuanian and Polish player fighting against each other for a quarter-final spot at the Lakeside Worlds and they wouldn't traditionally known as the biggest darts countries. Ratajski has two games under his belt factoring in the prelim and will be full of confidence after his shock win over Harms but he seems like a very solid player who'll usually average in the mid-80's and I just don't know if that's good enough here. Labanuaskas was one of the more impressive players from the Last 32 when defeating Whitehead and averaging not far of 92 and I suspect that if he does something similar in this match then that'll be enough to see him through here.
Prediction - Labanauskas to prevail 4-1

Lorraine Winstanley (5) v Anastasia Dobromyslova (4)
This could be a real good battle here but it just depends on what Dobromyslova turns up really as Winstanley is super solid. Dobromyslova was brilliant in defeating Griffiths in the Last 16 in the hardest tie when averaging over 85 and a half exactly so if she does the same in this encounter then she'll be hard to beat but she has a slight tendency to have a poor game directly after a good one. Winstanley is so solid and consistent that she'll capitalise on any errors or opportunities but that's not what you want to be relying on really and she averaged 74.52 when beating Ziljstra last time out and that'll need to be upped to around 80 to have a chance.
Prediction - Dobromyslova to be the victor 2-0

Danny Noppert (3) v Richard Veenstra (14) -
Easily one of the ties of the rind between the two Dutchmen, Noppert was the most impressive player in the opening round while Veenstra was one of the most impressive players in the opening round. Noppert averaged over 98 when seeing off a fighting Cameron and that was a sensational debut and if he keeps up that kind of form then it's hard to see how he'll lose or who could beat him. Veenstra did play when beating Montgomery and averaging around 91.5 but if he keeps up his good checkout and bring the average to mid-90's then we have a real treat on our hands.
Prediction - Noppert to win 4-2
 

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Here we go now with the preview of Day 5 of the BDO World Championships taking place at Frimley Green. All the preliminary and first round games are now completed so we move on now to the Men's Last 16 which are now best of 7 sets.

Afternoon Session :
Geert de Vos (15) v Scott Mitchell (2) -
What a cracker of match to begin this round of matches between two great players. De Vos has had a good season and was the most impressive player in round one when he beat Raymond Smith bar Gken Durrant and Danny Noppert and is showing good form ahead of this clash of titans. Mitchell is always a good performer and is doing well on the big stages. He looked very comfortable against Mark McGrath in the Last 32 and will need to be on top form I suspect for this match. Could go the distance.
Prediction - Mitchell has the better record here so him to edge it 4-3

Corrine Hammond (8) v Patricia Farrell
The last of the women's first round games to be played is quite an interesting one. Farrell is on debut here but has done well over in North America and came through the large playoff qualifier to play here so has talent, it's just whether she can show it now or not is the big question. Hammond made her maiden appearance here last year but was unseeded but now she has the advantage of a good ranking. This season has been very good for her as she made the World Masters and World Trophy quarter-finals but doesn't commit fully to the tour so her ranking is wholly representative as when she does participate she usually does well so that's a caveat.
Prediction - Hammond for the victory 2-0

Martin Adams (5) v Jeff Smith -
A rematch of sorts between two classy operators with Smith sensationally dumping out Wolfie in the first round last year so this could be another redemption story, except this time it's against Smith. Adams was unflappable against Joyce and just wouldn't not give up or cave in and just showed some steely quality that not every player possesses so Smith must watch out for that if he even has a sizeable lead, Adams won't give up. Smith has two games under his belt already and they've been two tough opponents, particularly the seeded Dawson so he is playing well because if he wasn't he'd definitely be gone by now. I think it's a matter of who can finish it out strongly rather than getting out of the blocks well and building a lead.
Prediction - Smith to win 4-3 (can't believe I'm going against Adams for the second time even though he's my favourite BDO player)


Evening Session :
Darryl Fitton (10) v Pip Blackwell :
The exit of Reynolds by Blackwell in the opening round presents the two players here with a really good opportunity of a quarter-final spot. Blackwell wasn't inspiring or magnificent against Reynolds and really should of lost but was allowed in and took his chances but will really need to up his game to try keep up with Fitton. Fitton struggled in spurts against Vaes but I think he'll just be happy to have that match out of the way and even happier that he's not facing Reynolds so he'll fancy his chances with all due respect to Blackwell.
Prediction - Fitton to go through 4-1

Jim Williams (13) v Jamie Hughes (4) -
Yet another exciting match up between two seeded players who at the top of their game can turn on the fireworks. Williams was involved in a tussle and a struggle against O'Shea birth kind of dragged each other down so he'll be looking for a much more positive affair and a bright start. Hughes was very composed to see off the hard fought challenge of Atkins and that'll make him more battle-hardened and harder to defeat now and he's a really great player.
Prediction - Hughes to win 4-1

Paul Hogan v Glen Durrant (1) -
The big favourite is back in action but can't count his chickens just yet obviously. He'll be happy to be against Higan in the sense that he's not a seeded player he'll know that Hogan has already won two games and has had one giant killing so what's to stop him having another so that'll be playing on Durrant's mind so Hogan will have to take advantage of that if he wants to mount any sort of a challenge. Durrant was excellent in the Last 32 against a stern competitor in Kenny and he'll be delighted that that match is over and I think he's only going to up his average from now on.
Prediction - Durrant to set an example and come through 4-0
Day 5 Report :
And I now I bring you the results of a really good day of action at the BDO World Championships at Frimley Green.

Geert de Vos (15) v Scott Mitchell -
Result - De Vos won 4-2
A really great match here to begin the day with the 2015 World Champion surprisingly dumped out. Mitchell played reasonably well and did challenge de Vos but averaged just under 90 which wasn't enough to secure a win here against an in-form player and wasn't much of an improvement from the opening round. De Vos looked assured and composed as he battled hard to make through he got through and averaged 92.28 to set up his quarter-final match and he is looking dangerous this week even though his average was lower in this match but he won't be worried by that.

Corrine Hammond (8) v Patricia Farrell
Result - Hammond victory 2-0
Probably the worst quality and least entertaining of all the first round of women's matches to conclude this round. Farrell just never found her rhythm and was brutal as she averaged just over 61 which is nowhere near enough to even win a set even though. Even though Hammond dropped the opening leg, she reeled off the next six quite comfortably to seal her spot in the next round with a 70.44 average which is the lowest of any of the first round winners.

Martin Adams (5) v Jeff Smith -
Result - Adams won 4-1
A thoroughly enjoyable spectacle here as Wolfie roared his way into another quarter-final at the Lakeside while dumping out last year's finalist in the process and claiming revenge on him. Smith did actually play well as he averaged 89 but was just a little too inconsistent to put three good legs together to win sets and that just provided Adams with the chances which he duly took. Wolfie's all-round game was very good and he really deserved the win here as he didn't crumble under the pressure as he averaged just about 90 but his consistency is what got him through.

Darryl Fitton (10) v Pip Blackwell -
Result - Fitton victory 4-1
This match went exactly as how I predicted as both players improved a little bit from the opening round as their individual averages went up by about two points each. Blackwell was lucky to be playing in this match and did look quite out of his depth as he didn't even push Fitton that close to his limit although he did put together a nice couple of legs to win a set but a 83 average wasn't going to get him near a win. Fitton just done enough to win like he did in the first round as he averaged 87.75 to set up a quarter-final clash against de Vos and it'll be interesting to see how much he can up his game for that encounter.

Jim Williams (13) v Jamie Hughes (4) -
Result - Hughes won 4-1
Once again this match was just as I foresaw which saw Hughes come out the winner. Williams was noticeably better in this match as he upped his averaged by just over seven points to nearly 90 but his doubling let him down which meant it was impossible for him to win here. Hughes' average dropped by nearly 10 points to around 85 but he still managed to come through comfortably as he never got into a solid rhythm but didn't need to but will need to go back to his first round form if he wants to win his next match.

Paul Hogan v Glen Durrant (1)
Result - Durrant victory 4-3
The best comeback of the tournament so far as Durrant recovered from 3-0 down and from the depths of despair to somehow recover and get through to the quarter-finals. Hogan started brilliantly and looked invincible as he blitzed Durrant in the first three sets but crucially he spurned match darts so that rendered his 92 average worthless as once Durrant showed signs of imploding he lost his composure and couldn't get it back. Durrant will really appreciate this match as it'll bury some hatchets from the past but his average of just under 90 which seemed to be a common winning average on the day managed to put solid legs together to get through and live to fight another day in this event.
 

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Here we go now with the preview of Day 7 of the Lakeside World Championships with it being Men's quarter-final day and women's semi-finals day.

Afternoon Session :
Geert de Vos (15) v Darryl Fitton (10) -
As per usual it's a great match to open up but all the ties at this stage of the competition are. Both players will be very happy if not a little surprised to be in the quarters but they both completely deserve it. Fitton's averages would suggest that he's the underdog here but he hasn't been pushed all the way yet in either of the two previous rounds and I think he'll able to breach the 90 barrier here. De Vos is in great shape and he has two stellar performances already and the fact he's done that gives him the upper hand seemingly as he's the more reliable choice here.
Prediction - De Vos to win 5-3

Lisa Ashton (2) v Aileen de Graaf (3)
I know my whole results post about today is a little bit ruined as all the winners of the women's quarter finals are in action today but anyways these two players have been playing well and deserve their spots here. De Graaf wasn't exactly mesmerising against Gulliver as she averaged under 70 but she didn't need to but she'll need to up that by ten points at least I'd say anyways. Ashton has probably been the best player so far as she brushed aside Sherrock earlier today and you just expect to be in the 80 averages so she's a hard player to beat and I think that'll be the case in this match.
Prediction - Ashton to come out on top 2-0

Martin Adams (5) v Jamie Hughes (4) -
A real dream match up here between two of the best players the BDO has to offer and you would think someone was lying if they said these were the two finalists. Adams has been fantastic so far this tournament and just has the desire to win so much which is so unbelievable and admirable and I think he'll average over 90 and this match more depends on Hughes' performance I think. Hughes was brilliant in round one but really dipped last time out and that inconsistently will be punished here but I do think he'll improve as he wasn't pushed by Williams so didn't play in top gear. Can I really go against Adams for a third time in a row?
Prediction - Adams too consistent so 5-4 win


Evening Session :
Corrine Hammond (8) v Anastasia Dobromyslova (4)
A great opportunity here for one of the two players to constest the Lakeside Final and this should be a real gritty affair. Ashton may be the best so far but Dombromyslova has been the most impressive as she's had to overcome two extremely difficult games against Griffiths and Winstanley but has come out the other side of them with 80+ averages and I think she'll do the same in this semi-final. Hammond didn't improve at all from her opening round clash but once again she came up against a player not on form on the day so she cruised through against Gallagher but that won't happen against Dobromyslova and I reckon this is the end of the line for Hammond but a great debut here nonetheless.
Prediction - Dobromyslova to appear in the final once again with a 2-0 win

Glen Durrant (1) v Darius Labanauskas (8) -
Another cracker of a match and I can't wait to see who comes out on top. Labanauskas has really gone under the radar so far but has been playing really well and I think he'll step up his game accordingly for this duel where all the pressure will once again be on Durrant to perform. He showed real grit and determination to fight back and win against Hogan but can't allow himself to find himself in that sort of position or he'll be more firmly punished by Labanauskas but I think he'll front run this match.
Prediction - Durrant to secure the victory 5-2

Scott Waites (6) v Danny Noppert (3) -
Have to say this is the tie of the round really and once again you would be surprised if it was a final in years to come. The defending World Champion Waites has done what he's had to but really starts to shine when it gets to these stages and I think he'll really try to up the ante from his previous performances. Noppert has been scintillating so far, probably the most impressive player considering he's a debutant but just looks so good and stylish and classy and you just can't see how he's going to lose or more importantly, how any player is going to beat him.
Prediction - Noppert to win 5-3
 

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Here we go now with the preview of Day 6 of the BDO World Championships and now all first round games are over so it's women's quarter-finals day.

Afternoon Session :
Nathan Girvan v Justin van Tergouw (Youth Final) -
It's good to see the BDO youth final being televised once again this year and it was a throughly entertaining and encouraging match last year and I expect the same high standard if not better this year. Van Tergouw is 16 years old and would be the favourite here for me as this season he won the World Youth Masters and Europe Youth Cup along with making the final of a PDC Development Tour event so he's well able to mix it up with the big boys. He came through three last leg deciders to qualify for this final and this should be close. 14-year old Girvan played very well to make this final and won through two last-leg shootouts so he has some grit and has dominated the Scottish Youth tour this season but hasn't been involved on the big stage much.
Prediction - Van Tergius to win 3-1

Lisa Ashton (2) v Fallon Sherrock (7)
A repeat of the 2015 world final is a tasty affair to kick off the women's action. At her best, Ashton is the best women's player without doubt and she loves this stage as it seems to bring out the best in her so Sherrock will have to be aware of that. Ashton swept aside Prins in the first round and has the highest average of 87+ so is looking imperious. Sherrock took a bit but once she found her rhythm she comfortably beat a poor Byamukama but this is a whole different encounter and she'll really need to bring up her average from 78 and a good start is crucial.
Prediction - Ashton to come through 2-0

Scott Waites (6) v Mark McGeeney (11) -
The first match of the men's draw comes between two intriguing English darters. Defending champion Waites wasnt unbelievable when beating Harbour but still averaged over 90 and his scoring can just do so much damage but he'll need to be more consistent here or he'll give away sets. McGeeney came through a tough assignment again Hurrell quite well to be fair and averaged just under 91 so it'll be interesting to see how much he can up that. This could be a really high quality affair between two players who can average well into the 90's.
Prediction - Waites to progress 4-2

Trina Gulliver (6) v Aileen de Graaf (3)
This is such a hard one to call between the defending champion Gulliver and two-time major winner de Graaf who's in form. Neither of these were mesmerising in round one and even though De Graaf's average of 76.44 seems a good bit better than Gulliver's 72, the latter's start was so dismal that her second set average was actually much higher and if she brings that to this match then it'll be hard for De Graaf to win. Should be a close one.
Prediction - Gulliver to continue her title defence with a 2-1 victory


Evening Session :
Casey Gallagher v Corrine Hammond (8) -
Two of the lesser known names before this tournament now find themselves pitted against each other for a semi-final spot. Gallagher has definitely made name for herself after impressively coming back to dump out top seed Hedman and averaged just under 80 which is always good. Hammond won her match against Farrell which was scrappy and a modest 70.44 average was enough to win in straight sets but I somehow doubt that'll be the case her and she'll need to improve unless she's going to be the next giant killing.
Prediction - Gallagher to win 2-1

Darius Labanauskas (8) v Krzystof Ratajski -
I think this match is a real credit to the BDO's development system to have a Lithuanian and Polish player fighting against each other for a quarter-final spot at the Lakeside Worlds and they wouldn't traditionally known as the biggest darts countries. Ratajski has two games under his belt factoring in the prelim and will be full of confidence after his shock win over Harms but he seems like a very solid player who'll usually average in the mid-80's and I just don't know if that's good enough here. Labanuaskas was one of the more impressive players from the Last 32 when defeating Whitehead and averaging not far of 92 and I suspect that if he does something similar in this match then that'll be enough to see him through here.
Prediction - Labanauskas to prevail 4-1

Lorraine Winstanley (5) v Anastasia Dobromyslova (4)
This could be a real good battle here but it just depends on what Dobromyslova turns up really as Winstanley is super solid. Dobromyslova was brilliant in defeating Griffiths in the Last 16 in the hardest tie when averaging over 85 and a half exactly so if she does the same in this encounter then she'll be hard to beat but she has a slight tendency to have a poor game directly after a good one. Winstanley is so solid and consistent that she'll capitalise on any errors or opportunities but that's not what you want to be relying on really and she averaged 74.52 when beating Ziljstra last time out and that'll need to be upped to around 80 to have a chance.
Prediction - Dobromyslova to be the victor 2-0

Danny Noppert (3) v Richard Veenstra (14) -
Easily one of the ties of the rind between the two Dutchmen, Noppert was the most impressive player in the opening round while Veenstra was one of the most impressive players in the opening round. Noppert averaged over 98 when seeing off a fighting Cameron and that was a sensational debut and if he keeps up that kind of form then it's hard to see how he'll lose or who could beat him. Veenstra did play when beating Montgomery and averaging around 91.5 but if he keeps up his good checkout and bring the average to mid-90's then we have a real treat on our hands.
Prediction - Noppert to win 4-2
Day 6 Report :
And now I bring you the result and analysis from another really entertaining day at the BDO World's at Frimley Green.

Nathan Girvan v Justin van Tergouw -
Result - van Tergouw won 3-0
Another great World Youth Final this year but it was the much more experienced 16-year old favourite van Tergouw who was so impressive. The 14-year old Girvan gave it his all but unfortunately for him was outclassed by a better player than him but has two more years on him so he can't complain and his 74.55 average is very good for his age. Van Tergouw was magnificent though and throughly deserved the World Youth title and an average of 88.20 is really top class and he has so many years ahead of him to develop so remember his name.

Lisa Ashton (2) v Fallon Sherrock(7)
Result - Ashton victory 2-0
Another resounding victory here by Ashton but she was pushed a lot harder than the scoreline suggests. Sherrock looked like she was starting to get into some form but a 76 average is good but not enough to beat someone with the caliber of Ashton who maintains her good record against her in major tournaments. Ashton did play well which is confirmed by her 81.12 average and she looks like she is going to be hard to beat.

Scott Waites (6) v Mark McGeeney (11) -
Result - Waites won 4-2
A good prediction by me here and fared pretty much how I expected but he did have to come back strongly to sell the win. McGeeney started strongly but just couldn't maintain that standard and was always a little bit behind awaited then so had to try take out big checkouts and his 87 average isn't good enough to get through to the quarter-final and beat the reigning champion. Waites wasn't exactly sublime but once again done what needed to be done to get through and will need to improve if he wants to continue his retaining but his 88.14 average probably won't be good enough next time out.

Trina Gulliver (6) v Aileen de Graaf (3)
Result - De Graaf victory 2-0
Probably in the worst two matches of the tournament so far as needed player played well. Gulliver was borderline awful as she just didn't get into a rhythm at all as her average was just short of 64 which pretty much ensures you're going to lose. De Graaf wasn't exactly great either but her average was closer to 70 which was much lower than her first round match and she'll need to recover that form and more to stay in the tournament.

Casey Gallagher v Corrine Hammond (8) -
Result - Hammond won 2-0
Not exactly another vintage performance here from Hammond but Gallagher's performance from the first round nose-dived and provided Hammond with plenty of opportunities. Gallagher's average of 68.85 was never going to be good enough and a drop of over eleven points from her match against Hedman meant defeat was inevitable. Hammond wasn't exactly inspiring again but her average of 70.08 somehow managed to be enough to get her through and she's been very lucky so far.

Darius Labanauskas (8) v Krzystof Ratajski
Result - Labanauskas victory 4-3
A real tight tussle here between two players but it was the seeded player who deservedly went through. Ratajski found himself two sets down on two occasions and did fight back well to take it to last set decider but it was the class and skill of Labanauskas which got him through. He looked decisive at the beginning and heading for a comfortable win but he did do well to hold on and fight of the fight back but that was more due to him going off the boil. His average of 89.37 was a little drop from the first round and he'll need to tighten up and be consistent in the quarters to challenge.

Lorraine Winstanley (5) v Anastasia Dobromyslova (4)
Result - Dobromyslova won 2-1
A fiercely contested clash here in a match expected to be close which proved to be the case. Winstanley was her usual solid self so it was unsurprising to see her win the second set to force a last set decided but ultimately Dobromyslova came back strongly at her and a 71.76 average wasn't enough to repel her. Dobromyslova was impressive once again and is the only player bar Ashton to average over 80 in both matches as she averaged 82.20 to get through without too much hassle in the deciding set.

Danny Noppert (3) v Richard Veenstra (14) -
Result - Noppert victory 4-0
A convincing and dominating performance here from Noppert who continues to shine against a tricky opponent. Veenstra by any means didn't play badly but was up against a rampant Noppert and averaged 87.93 which was only good enough for a few legs. Noppert looked seamless and almost invincible as he averaged over 91 and concluded the march with a stunning 164 checkout which means his dream debut continues.
 

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Here we go now with the preview of Day 7 of the Lakeside World Championships with it being Men's quarter-final day and women's semi-finals day.

Afternoon Session :
Geert de Vos (15) v Darryl Fitton (10) -
As per usual it's a great match to open up but all the ties at this stage of the competition are. Both players will be very happy if not a little surprised to be in the quarters but they both completely deserve it. Fitton's averages would suggest that he's the underdog here but he hasn't been pushed all the way yet in either of the two previous rounds and I think he'll able to breach the 90 barrier here. De Vos is in great shape and he has two stellar performances already and the fact he's done that gives him the upper hand seemingly as he's the more reliable choice here.
Prediction - De Vos to win 5-3

Lisa Ashton (2) v Aileen de Graaf (3)
I know my whole results post about today is a little bit ruined as all the winners of the women's quarter finals are in action today but anyways these two players have been playing well and deserve their spots here. De Graaf wasn't exactly mesmerising against Gulliver as she averaged under 70 but she didn't need to but she'll need to up that by ten points at least I'd say anyways. Ashton has probably been the best player so far as she brushed aside Sherrock earlier today and you just expect to be in the 80 averages so she's a hard player to beat and I think that'll be the case in this match.
Prediction - Ashton to come out on top 2-0

Martin Adams (5) v Jamie Hughes (4) -
A real dream match up here between two of the best players the BDO has to offer and you would think someone was lying if they said these were the two finalists. Adams has been fantastic so far this tournament and just has the desire to win so much which is so unbelievable and admirable and I think he'll average over 90 and this match more depends on Hughes' performance I think. Hughes was brilliant in round one but really dipped last time out and that inconsistently will be punished here but I do think he'll improve as he wasn't pushed by Williams so didn't play in top gear. Can I really go against Adams for a third time in a row?
Prediction - Adams too consistent so 5-4 win


Evening Session :
Corrine Hammond (8) v Anastasia Dobromyslova (4)
A great opportunity here for one of the two players to constest the Lakeside Final and this should be a real gritty affair. Ashton may be the best so far but Dombromyslova has been the most impressive as she's had to overcome two extremely difficult games against Griffiths and Winstanley but has come out the other side of them with 80+ averages and I think she'll do the same in this semi-final. Hammond didn't improve at all from her opening round clash but once again she came up against a player not on form on the day so she cruised through against Gallagher but that won't happen against Dobromyslova and I reckon this is the end of the line for Hammond but a great debut here nonetheless.
Prediction - Dobromyslova to appear in the final once again with a 2-0 win

Glen Durrant (1) v Darius Labanauskas (8) -
Another cracker of a match and I can't wait to see who comes out on top. Labanauskas has really gone under the radar so far but has been playing really well and I think he'll step up his game accordingly for this duel where all the pressure will once again be on Durrant to perform. He showed real grit and determination to fight back and win against Hogan but can't allow himself to find himself in that sort of position or he'll be more firmly punished by Labanauskas but I think he'll front run this match.
Prediction - Durrant to secure the victory 5-2

Scott Waites (6) v Danny Noppert (3) -
Have to say this is the tie of the round really and once again you would be surprised if it was a final in years to come. The defending World Champion Waites has done what he's had to but really starts to shine when it gets to these stages and I think he'll really try to up the ante from his previous performances. Noppert has been scintillating so far, probably the most impressive player considering he's a debutant but just looks so good and stylish and classy and you just can't see how he's going to lose or more importantly, how any player is going to beat him.
Prediction - Noppert to win 5-3
Day 7 Report :
Here we go now with the results of yesterday's brilliant action at the Lakeside World Championships which I'm going to do before today's preview.

Geert de Vos (15) v Darryl Fitton -
Result - Fitton won 5-4
This match may not have been the highest quality ever but it was not lacking in drama as it went the distance but Fitton eventually took it in the tiebreak 4-2. The match started out quite close and they were level after four sets but Fitton fought hard to go 4-2 ahead as De Vos' form dipped badly and looked like he'd seal the deal but de Vos came back at him to make it 4-4 and looked like he'd go on to win it but Fitton somehow regained the composure to secure a semi-final spot. De Vos had his worst match of the event as he was very inconsistent and patchy which is shown by his 87.12 average which really isn't enough. Fitton averaged slightly under 90 which is once again a two point improvement but he was very solid and hit a majestic 170 checkout and hit 7 perfect darts so he did turn on the style at times.

Lisa Ashton (2) v Aileen de Graaf (3)
Result - Ashton victory 2-0
Once again another supreme performance from Ashton which couldn't be matched by de Graaf. De Graaf did play much better than her quarter-final match as she averaged 75.24 but once again she was just another opponent who couldn't even win a set against the imperious Ashton. Ashton was at her clinical best as her scoring just provided with so many opportunities which she took and her average of 85.44 is so good and she'll be nearly impossible to beat in the final.

Martin Adams (5) v Jamie Hughes (4) -
Result - Hughes won 5-4
An absolutely brilliant game to round off the session between two of the stalwarts of the game but it was eventually Hughes who took it in a last set shootout but it was very lucky to go through. It was quite a topsy turvy game with both players' trading blows throughout the match but it was Adams who let himself down here. His scoring was fantastic as the 180 count as so high and his average of 92.55 is top quality and his scoring initially but then in he missed over 30 darts at doubles in just two sets which allowed Hughes back in the game. Hughes was much improved from the last round as he average 91.89 but it was his double hitting at crucial times which got put the sets on the board for him and gave him the win here but he was fortunate.

Corrine Hammond (8) v Anastasia Dobromyslova (4)
Result - Hammond victory 2-0
A surprise win her for Hammond as somehow she's made the final without dropping a set against Dobromyslova who had a far superior average. I was surprised Dobromyslova lost this match as she averaged 77.04 which was her lowest so far but still she looked good and her doubling wasn't brutal but somehow for the third match running Hammond pulled it out of the bag while still only averaging 72.33 which shows what gritty and steely qualities she brings to each match but it's hard to see her becoming World Champion.

Glen Durrant (1) v Darius Labanauskas (8) -
Result - Durrant won 5-2
This match went pretty much exactly as how I predicted with the number one seed Durrant putting in another good performance to seal his semi-final spot. Labanauskas' average has dropped two points each match since the first round to 87.15 which isn't exactly the best form and basically prevented him from winning this match as he could only nip sets when Durrant wasn't on top form. Durrant averaged 89.82 which is practically the same as the second round but that's all he needed to do to make sure he won and he did hit some nice checkouts along the way to remind us of his class.

Scott Waites (6) v Danny Noppert (3) -
Result - Noppert victory 5-3
Another good prediction here but this match was truly top quality and best of the day and maybe the tournament as the best young gun of the BDO dumped out the reigning and defending World Champion in a classic match. Waites played immensely well here, easily his best performance of the tournament so far as he averaged 94.41 but he was unlucky to play the player of the tournament so far. Noppert has been so mightily impressive and averaged 95.58 which is fantastic over this length and he looks like he's going to be the one to beat here possibly.
 

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Here we go now with my penultimate preview and predictions for Day 8 of the BDO World Championships as its Ladies Finals day and Men's semi-finals day.

Afternoon Session :
Corrine Hammond (8) v Lisa Ashton (2) (Ladies Final)
We've reached the pinnacle of women's darts now between two-time World Champion Ashton and Hammond whose only on her second appearance here and hadn't won a match before in this event before this year so it seems a bit of a mismatch. Hammond has been so lucky as every player has played badly against her so she's basically won by default but to her credit she has had to sink the winning doubles and did play better to beat Dobromyslova in the semis. Ashton has been imperious all week and hasn't dropped a set either like Hammond but has averaged 80 in all matches and I can't see her being matched here.
Prediction - Ashton to become three-time World Champion with a 3-0 win

Danny Noppert (3) v Darryl Fitton (10) -
The first of the men's semi-final should be a cracker between dream debutant Noppert and the Dazzler Fitton whose in his first semi in eight years. On paper, Noppert is the massive favourite with his three 90+ averages while Fitton hasn't averaged 90 yet. Fitton hasn't had to face the best opponents who haven't been on their best form including de Vos who could of easily beat him but Fitton has been resilient and fought well. Noppert has been fantastic throughout and has beaten two great opponents in Veenstra and Waites so has been battle-hardened on this stage now.
Prediction - Noppert to make the final on his first appearance with a 6-3 win


Evening Session :
Glen Durrant (1) v Jamie Hughes (4) -
This could be really be a classic here between two top class players and there's not much of a difference in their standard. Durrant was fantastic in the first round when pushed by Kenny but struggled to beat Hogan but that comeback was amazing and he could take it a bit easier against Labanauskas but if he needs to play well which I think he will then he'll be in the mid 90's average probably. Hughes has had to come past difficult opponents, none more so than Adams in the last match but that win will have done him the world of good and he'll be ready for a match to go the distance.
Prediction - Durrant to make his maiden final 6-4

No matter what happens, we will have a new men's champion whose never won before with the defeat of Waites and Adams in the last round that means one of the players left will be a new winner with none of the players left ever making the final before even.
 

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Here we go now with my penultimate preview and predictions for Day 8 of the BDO World Championships as its Ladies Finals day and Men's semi-finals day.

Afternoon Session :
Corrine Hammond (8) v Lisa Ashton (2) (Ladies Final)
We've reached the pinnacle of women's darts now between two-time World Champion Ashton and Hammond whose only on her second appearance here and hadn't won a match before in this event before this year so it seems a bit of a mismatch. Hammond has been so lucky as every player has played badly against her so she's basically won by default but to her credit she has had to sink the winning doubles and did play better to beat Dobromyslova in the semis. Ashton has been imperious all week and hasn't dropped a set either like Hammond but has averaged 80 in all matches and I can't see her being matched here.
Prediction - Ashton to become three-time World Champion with a 3-0 win

Danny Noppert (3) v Darryl Fitton (10) -
The first of the men's semi-final should be a cracker between dream debutant Noppert and the Dazzler Fitton whose in his first semi in eight years. On paper, Noppert is the massive favourite with his three 90+ averages while Fitton hasn't averaged 90 yet. Fitton hasn't had to face the best opponents who haven't been on their best form including de Vos who could of easily beat him but Fitton has been resilient and fought well. Noppert has been fantastic throughout and has beaten two great opponents in Veenstra and Waites so has been battle-hardened on this stage now.
Prediction - Noppert to make the final on his first appearance with a 6-3 win


Evening Session :
Glen Durrant (1) v Jamie Hughes (4) -
This could be really be a classic here between two top class players and there's not much of a difference in their standard. Durrant was fantastic in the first round when pushed by Kenny but struggled to beat Hogan but that comeback was amazing and he could take it a bit easier against Labanauskas but if he needs to play well which I think he will then he'll be in the mid 90's average probably. Hughes has had to come past difficult opponents, none more so than Adams in the last match but that win will have done him the world of good and he'll be ready for a match to go the distance.
Prediction - Durrant to make his maiden final 6-4

No matter what happens, we will have a new men's champion whose never won before with the defeat of Waites and Adams in the last round that means one of the players left will be a new winner with none of the players left ever making the final before even.
Day 8 Report :
Any now I give you my penultimate results and analysis post for the 2017 BDO World's at the Lakeside.

Corrine Hammond (8) v Lisa Ashton (2) (Ladies Final)
Result - Ashton won 3-0
A really entertaining ladies final went the way of the supreme Ashton as Hammond was just no match for her on the day. Hammond struggled in the first set but sent the second to a last leg decider but lost it and couldn't recover in the last set to mount any comeback. Her scoring and doubling were quite mixed at times as she threw in too many sloppy scores but she did register her best average of the tournament of 73.53 but was ultimately outclassed by Ashton. Her typical firepower scoring was on show for all today and Hammond couldn't cope with that as Ashton was just a lot more solid and she hit a nice 54 checkout in two darts to seal the win and the whitewash to become the Three-time World Champion so congratulations to her on becoming the joint second most successful in women's darts player in terms of world titles with Dobromyslova.

Danny Noppert (3) v Darryl Fitton (10) -
Result - Noppert victory 6-3
A really top quality match here but the tenacity of Noppert was enough for him to surge at the end to see of Fitton's challenge. Noppert began brightly to go 2-0 up and left himself on a two-darter to make that 3-0 before Fitton hit a massive 156 checkout to bring it back to 2-1 and that really affected Noppert as they battled on to make it 3-3. Noppert then just returned after the break and was a lot more consistent and clinical to make sure he won them sets and secure a final spot at his maiden world championships. Fitton did play extremely well as evidenced by his 95.73 average which is his best of the week by far but he kind of dipped in and out of the match at crucial moments which he just couldn't afford to do. Noppert was mightily impressive once again and just looked a magnificent darts player as he averaged 93.57 but had a far superior checkout rate and now deservedly goes on to contest the final.

Glen Durrant (1) v Jamie Hughes (4) -
Result - Durrant won 6-1
The scoreline suggests it was a bit of a thumping here but if it was matchplay it wouldn't be as bad but Durrant was fantastic in dispatching of Hughes to make his maiden final. Durrant took the opening set and is a self-confessed brilliant front-runner and surged into a 4-0 lead and looked invicible. Hughes was playing well enough to take the next one but Durrant came back to seal the next two without too much hassle and dump out the number four seed. Hughes didn't play badly at all and was actually very dangerous but just couldn't put enough good legs in the sets together and he was facing a rampant Durrant even though he averaged slightly higher than him with his 96.93 average. Durrant played the best he has all tournament by far I'd say as he was just relentless throughout the match and ultra consistent to prevent Hughes of any chances and his 96.27 average can be improved for the final I reckon.
 

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Here we go now with my final preview of the 2017 BDO World Championships taking place at Frimley Green.

Glen Durrant (1) v Danny Noppert (3) -
I would go as far as to say this is the dream final between the two best players in the BDO, both this year and this event. This could be a classic and it's very hard to separate them in terms of standard. Durrant had tough clashes early on against Kenny and Hogan but done well to win and has only dropped three sets in the last two matches to Labanauskas and Hughes as he's shown us all his front-running credentials and his consistency to hit around 96 average. Noppert has been the star this week and the only player to have hit 4 90+ averages but it'll be interesting to see how he copes with the pressure of a major final but so far he's been the most impressive especially in beating Waites in the quarter-final but his scalps of Montgomery, Veenstra and Fitton are no mean feats so it could be a match for the ages. Durrant has the experience on his side as he's won four majors including two World Masters on this stage so knows how to get the job done while Noppert is contesting his first major final. Noppert though will be fearless and relishing the challenge while Durrant has had to endure the pressure all week as number one seed but has coped well but one of these two has to win and I really don't know how to call it.
Prediction - Durrant to win 7-6 (such a toss-up was so tempted to go with Noppert really have no reason why I picked Durrant over him)
 


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