Lakeside 2018 Day 4 Session 2 Report
Martin Phillips 3 Vs 1 Daniel Day
Daniel Day followed his impressive Lakeside debut by taking the opening set off No 14 seed Martin Phillips. Phillips levelled and then grabbed the crucial third set against the throw. The Welsh veteran had a wobble in the fourth set, missing a clutch of match-winning chances before finally falling over the line.
Anastasia Dobromyslova 2 Vs 0 Anca Zijlstra
Anastasia Dobromsylova made a confident start to her bid for a fourth world title. She won six straight legs against Dutch thrower Anca Zijlstra, nailing an impressive 40 per cent of her doubles. “I have been practising hard,” said Dobromyslova afterwards. “I’m well prepared.”
Cameron Menzies 1 Vs 3 Conan Whitehead
There was some quality throwing in the first-round match between solid Gillingham bricklayer Conan Whitehead and hot-and-cold talent Cameron Menzies. Whitehead took out the fancied Scot 3-1 and meets No 9 seed Jim Williams next. The four sets all went to a deciding fifth leg and at the crucial moments, Whitehead held himself together better. He levelled the match at 1-1 with a 117 check out, found the double to win the third set after Menzies missed his chance and Whitehead then threw superbly at the death in the fourth after Menzies took out 140 to force another decider. Whitehead threw 180 and 140 to leave 56 – and needed only two more darts to win the match.
Jamie Hughes 2 Vs 3 Michael Unterbuchner
Michael Unterbuchner pulled off the shock of the first round at the Lakeside. The 29 year old from Munich dumped out No 3 seed Jamie Hughes in a dramatic fifth-set tie break. Both players had darts to clinch victory in the final set and it was Unterbuchner who nailed the match winner, finding double top with his last dart in the eighth leg. Hughes grabbed the opening set with finishes of 120 and 136, but won only one leg in the next two sets and after that, he was chasing the match. Hughes had to come from 2-0 down in the fifth set to force a tie break and after both spurned match-winning chances, Unterbuchner held his nerve.