Aileen De Graaf Vs Paula Jacklin
There’s every chance sky-scraping averages will be recorded at the Lakeside on Tuesday afternoon when Jim Williams, Geert de Vos and Aileen De Graaf are all in first-round action. Williams had a jaw-dropping 110.58 against Geert de Vos in the Finder Masters 2017 – and the Belgian marksman himself threw 113.86 in the 2015 Grand Slam of Darts. De Graaf is also a heavy scorer and regards her 110 average against Fallon Sherrock in the Sunparcs in 2014 as one of her best darts memories. De Graaf is the women’s No 2 seed having hoovered up several trophies towards the end of 2017, including the Finder Masters, where she beat World No 1 Deta Hedman in the final. Earlier in the year, De Graaf, whose match with Lisa Ashton in the opening round of the 2014 BDO World championship is regarded as one of the greatest women’s games ever, won the BDO World Trophy. She meets Paula Jacklin in the first round at the Lakeside.They met at the same stage in 2015 – and De Graaf won 2-0.
Geert de Vos Vs Chris Landman or Derk Telnekes
De Vos, who meets either Chris Landman or Derk Telnekes in the first round, was involved in one of the best matches of the 2017 BDO Lakeside World Championship. He was edged out by Darryl Fitton in a topsy-turvy quarter final that went all the way to a ninth set tie break and heads back to the Lakeside as the No 6 seed after a good year that includes winning the England Open, beating Mark McGeeney in the final.
Jim Williams Vs Dennis Nilsson or Jeffrey Sparidaans.
Jim Williams, who scalped Glen Durrant, Scott Waites and Jamie Hughes before losing to Danny Noppert in the final of the Finder Masters, is the No 9 seed and he meets either Dennis Nilsson or Jeffrey Sparidaans in the first round. Jim is the reigning Antwerp, Swiss and French Open Champion
Richard Veenstra Vs Kyle McKinstry
Richard Veenstra, the Dutchman beaten in the semi finals by Jeff Smith two years ago, faces Kyle McKinstry in the first round. Veenstra is the reigning WDF Europe Cup Singles Champion along with the German Masters Champion. McKinstry makes his Lakeside bow after finishing 17th in the BDO rankings. The Irishman won both the Hal Masters and the 2017 Northern Ireland Open.
Martin Phillips Vs Craig Caldwell or Daniel Day
Lakeside veteran Martin Phillips reckons this is the golden age of BDO darts. Phillips made his Lakeside debut way back in 1991 and on his second appearance there, he toppled the great Eric Bristow. He was a 3-2 winner in their second-round clash and as you would expect, the match features prominently in the Welshman’s list of favourite Lakeside memories. He has also reached the semi finals twice – in 2010 and 2011 – and after three decades on the BDO circuit, Phillips says it’s never been tougher. “The standard is much higher now – and the averages show that,” said left-hander Phillips, who lives 10 miles from the North Wales coast in Dolgellau. “There are more good players around now. “I played Bristow, John Lowe and Cliff Lazarenko and the players who are around now would have definitely competed with them in the 1980s.” Phillips has been around long enough to know the more relaxed he is, the better he throws. “Why put pressure on myself ?” said the grandfather of five ahead of his 15th BDO World Championship. “I put too much pressure on myself earlier in my career – and then I changed my attitude. “I just told myself: ‘Go out there and enjoy it’ and my results improved.” At 54, Phillips won his first major title, the World Masters, in 2014 and topped the BDO world rankings – but only for four weeks! The Lakeside crowd didn’t see Phillips at his best last year. He bowed out in the first round to Paul Hogan and said: “I had shingles last year. “I was in a bad way and it was my wife who made me go to the Lakeside. She said I had to show my face.” Phillips went on to have a good 2017, winning the Isle of Man Open, reaching the final of the World Trophy and the last eight of the World Masters, and heads to the Lakeside as the No 14 seed. He meets either Craig Caldwell or Daniel Day in the first round and said: “I’m not saying I’m going to go there and win it. I don’t want to fall flat on my face. “I’ve been around long enough to know that some days they go in and some days they don’t. “It just depends on how I feel on the day.” Fans will be seeing more of Phillips on the circuit in 2018. “I’ve retired from playing for Wales after 31 years,” he said, “and I’m going to play the circuit more next year.”
Jamie Hughes Vs David Cameron or Michael Unterbuchner
Jamie ‘Yozza’ Hughes, beaten by Phillips in the 2014 World Masters final, is also in first-round action on Tuesday night. Hughes, beaten by Glen Durrant in the semi finals last year after a come-from-behind-win over Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams in the last eight, is the No 3 seed. Hughes, also a semi finalist at the Lakeside in 2016, is the reigning British Classic champion. He meets either David Cameron or Michael Unterbuchner in the first round.
Anastasia Dobromyslova Vs Anca Zijlstra
Anastasia Dobromyslova, women’s champion in 2008, 2012 and 2013 and the first to beat Trina Gulliver on the Lakeside stage, meets Anca Zijlstra, a Dutch thrower who had wins over Lisa Ashton, Trina Gulliver and Deta Hedman this year and is the reigning BDO Gateway International Open Champion.
Cameron Menzies Vs Conan Whitehead
Cameron Menzies has reached the Lakeside for the first time after making a big impression in 2017. The 28 year old Scot reached the British Open final, the last four of the World Masters and at the Grand Slam of Darts, he pushed Gary Anderson and beat Simon Whitlock before just missing out on the last 16. Menzies faces a tough first-round match against Conan ‘The Barbarian’ Whitehead, a bricklayer from Gillingham who beat him 5-3 in the group stages of the Finder Masters last year. Whitehead makes his second appearance on the Lakeside stage in 2017 he went out in the first round.