BDO World Trophy Day 1 Report
Seeds tumbled on the opening night of the World Darts Trophy as qualifiers Roz Bulmer and Ryan Hogarth knock out Deta Hedman and Gary Robson, Marie O’Brien ousts 2017 Champion Aileen de Graaf and Peter Machin sees off number ten seed James Hurrell.
Ladies World Darts Trophy – Day 1
Roz Bulmer produced an inspired first-round performance as she overcame the number three seed, Deta Hedman. To hold her darts in the opening leg, Bulmer checked out a 117 and she quickly established her rhythm. Bulmer missed two match darts in the sixth leg, before Hedman levelled the match at 3-3, however the advantage of throw and consistent scoring from Bulmer in the deciding leg saw her check out 16 in two darts to secure her place in the last 8.
Bulmer will face the number six seed, Sharon Prins, who took a comfortable 4-1 victory over England’s Tricia Wright. Despite steady scoring from Wright, missed doubles throughout proved costly as Prins capitalised. Prins saved the best leg till last, completing her win with a 15 dart leg and a 71.31 average.
The final Ladies match of the evening was between current WDT Champion, Aileen de Graaf and England International Maria O’Brien. Both players have been in great form this year, however, as defending Champion and number 2 seed, de Graaf entered the tournament as a favourite. After a slow start from O’Brien, which saw her go two legs behind, O’Brien took the third and fourth legs in 16 and 20 darts. A 119 checkout from de Graaf in the fifth leg put her within touching distance of the last 8, but O’Brien was too tough to shake off and she held her nerve to beat the number 2 seed with a 79.05 average.
Mens World Darts Trophy – Day 1
Scotland’s Ross Montgomery and England’s Daniel Day had the honours of kicking off the 2018 Men’s WDT tournament. Day came flying out of the traps to take the first leg against the darts in 12, with an impressive 136 finish only for Montgomery to break straight back in 15. Montgomery took the next two legs in 13 and 15 darts and looked set to run away with the match before Day stepped in with a 13-dart leg of his own. With the scores at 4-3, missed doubles by Day proved costly, and Montgomery went on to win 6-3 overall with a 94.29 average.
Qualifier Ryan Hogarth put out the number 11 seed, Gary Robson with a solid BDO stage debut. Despite Robson averaging 90.87, Hogarth’s superior finishing, which included an inspired 170 finish with Robson sat on a double, saw him claim his place in the last 16 against fellow Scotsman Ross Montgomery.
Northern Ireland’s Kyle McKinstry produced the performance of the evening against qualifier Jon Worsley. With every leg going with throw in a fiercely contested battle which saw McKinstry averaging over 100 for a time, the 2017 HAL Masters winner found another gear, winning the eighth leg in 12 darts on a 126 checkout. With an elusive break of throw under his belt, McKinstry took the ninth leg in 16 darts, averaging 99.18 overall and seeing off debutant Worsley 6-3.
Asian qualifier, Pengiran Mohamed came out all guns blazing against the 2015 World Champion Scott Mitchell. P.G. Mohamed took the first and third legs against the darts to go 2-1 up against Scotty Dog, but the experienced Mitchell upped his game to take the next 5 legs in 12, 14, 12, 15 and 17 darts, including three ton plus checkouts. Based on their current form, his last 16 clash on Saturday against Kyle McKinstry will be one to watch!
Peter Machin’s 2018 campaign to retain his WDT title kicked off with a last 32 match against number 10 seed James Hurrell. A gritty performance from Hurrell saw him dig deep to level the match at 3-3, however clinical finishing from Machin, including a 106 and 102 checkout, saw him keep his chances alive and secure a last 16 clash with either Wesley Harms or Wayne Warren.