David Cameron Vs Michael Unterbuchner
Canada’s David Cameron, a first-round loser to eventual finalist Danny Noppert last year, had a good 2017, winning five tournaments on the North American circuit and meets Michael Unterbuchner in a preliminary-round match. The German makes his Lakeside debut after coming through five qualifying matches, dropping just one leg.
Craig Caldwell Vs Daniel Day
Daniel Day is another who’s reached the BDO Lakeside World Championship for the first time. Day was a semi finalist at the 2017 Jersey Open – and also reached the Scottish Open final. Day faces a preliminary-round match against Craig Caldwell, a New Zealander who set a Lakeside record on his world championship debut two years ago. Caldwell threw nine maximum 180s – a record for a first-round match – in a 3-2 loss to Scott Mitchell.
James Hurrell Vs Joe Chaney or Danny Noppert.
No 15 seed James Hurrell, beaten by Mark McGeeney in the first round at the Lakeside last year, had a good 2017, reaching the last eight of the World Masters and scalping world champion Glen Durrant on his way to the semi finals of the England Masters. Hurrell meets either Joe Chaney or Danny Noppert in the first round.
Trina Gulliver MBE Vs Vicky Pruim
Trina Gulliver MBE says she has set a darts record that will never be broken. Gulliver has won the BDO Women’s World Championship an astonishing 10 times in her career – and admits it’s going to be harder than ever to win No 11. She gets her world championship bid underway against Vicky Pruim having lifted the trophy only once since 2011 and even Gulliver herself admits her good friend Lisa Ashton is the player to beat at the Lakeside this year. “It’s definitely getting tougher,” said Gulliver. “There are a good bunch of ladies out there at the moment and though I’m not saying nobody will win more titles than me, I don’t think anyone will ever win seven consecutive world titles like I did. “Nobody will beat that. “The competition was still very fierce then, but the field was smaller. There are more good players around now.” Gulliver says that at 48 years old, she isn’t finished yet. “I can still achieve more,” she said. “The fire is still there and as long as the form is there too, there’s no reason why I should stop competing. “I’ve had a steady year, I’ve been OK. It’s been difficult personally, but I’ve been getting to quarter finals, semi finals and the occasional final. “I’m quietly confident that when I get to the Lakeside I will get it right at the right time. ”Gulliver accepts she’s been handed a tough first-round draw at the Lakeside. Pruim won both the WDF World Cup and 2017 Finnish Masters. “Vicky is a very quick thrower, one of the quickest on the circuit,” said Gulliver, who beat Vicky in the semi finals at the Lakeside way back in 2002. “But that doesn’t faze me.”
Andy Baetens Vs Scott Baker
Belgium’s Andy Baetens meets Lakeside debutant Scott Baker in a repeat of last January’s Romanian Classic final. Baetens won that match 6-3 and went on to win the Belgium Masters and England Masters in 2017. Baker, boyhood friend of No 3 seed Jamie Hughes, qualifies by finishing last year 23rd in the BDO rankings.
Darryl Fitton Vs Justin Thompson or Chris Gilliland
No 16 seed Darryl Fitton is at the Lakeside for a 16th consecutive year – he was beaten by Danny Noppert in the semi finals 12 months ago – and he meets either Justin Thompson or Chris Gilliland in the first round.
Dean Reynolds Vs Umit Uygunsozlu or Chris Harris
Dean Reynolds, beaten by Pip Blackwell in one of last year’s most dramatic first-round matches, returns as the No 12 seed having had a solid 2017 that included reaching the Welsh Masters final – and he meets either Umit Uygunsozlu or Chris Harris in the first round..