BDO World Trophy Day Two Head to Head
Wesley Harms (7) vs Wayne Warren
Dutch-star, Wesley Harms and Welsh International, Wayne Warren will be kicking off the action on Thursday evening! The two have met on at least four occasions, most recently in the first round of the Lakeside World Championships, which Warren won three sets to one, narrowly missing a 9-dart finish along the way. The 2018 World Championships proved to be Warren’s best performance in a major, reflecting the current form he finds himself in, having climbed the rankings to World Number 18. However, Harms, a three-times England Open Champion, will be looking to improve on his 2017 WDT semi-final spot and add to the 12 BDO ranking titles he has already won.
Fallon Sherrock (7) vs Rhian Griffiths
Fallon Sherrock may be the youngest competitor in the Ladies WDT, but with 23 BDO ranking titles already under her belt, she is already a fierce competitor on the BDO tour. The number seven seed has twice reached the semi-finals of the WDT, and enters this year’s tournament with recent wins in Slovakia, The Isle of Man and Bruges. She faces tough opposition from Welsh International Rhian Griffiths; Griffiths, who knocked Sherrock out of the 2016 WDT, has won 3 of their last five meetings. Griffiths has also found some form this season, heading the 2017/2018 British Inter-Counties tables and achieving a last 16 spot in the 2018 World Championships.
Dean Reynolds (15) vs Michael Unterbuchner
Michael Unterbuchner stormed onto our screens at this year’s World Professional Championships, where he progressed through to the semi-finals, with nail-biting victories over David Cameron, Jamie Hughes, Martin Phillips and Richard Veenstra, before losing to the number one seed, Mark McGeeney. Unterbuchner’s WDT debut will see him face the 2016 semi-finalist, ‘Dynamite’ Dean Reynolds. Reynold’s enters the tournament seeded 15, and with two ranked tournament wins already under his belt, he will be looking to claim his first major. This will be the first meeting between the pair and based on their current form, it could go either way!
Trina Gulliver MBE (8) vs Anca Zijlstra
Trina Gulliver MBE, the ten-times World Champion needs little introduction. She starts her 2018 campaign as number eight seed, pitted against ‘The Phoenix’, Dutch International, Anca Zijlstra. The pair have met on several occasions, most recently in the 2017 WDT, where Zijlistra won through 3 -1 to secure her place in the semi-finals. Gulliver’s career has seen her claim over 80 ranked titles, however, the BDO WDT is one of the few she has left to win, and she has her eye on the prize this year! She enters the tournament off the back of a successful and consistent county season, where she remained unbeaten and finished third overall, however Zijlistra, the current BDO International title-holder, is also no stranger to the big-stage and both players will be looking to progress into the last eight.
Mark McGeeney (2) vs Chris Landman
The fifth game of the evening will see World Number one, Mark McGeeney face debutant Chris Landman. Landman has climbed the BDO rankings this season, winning the 2017 Catalonian Open and reaching the final of the 2018 Isle of Man Open, beating McGeeney 5-2 in the semi-finals. McGeeney, a two-time Dutch Open Champion and the 2018 World Championship Runner-Up, had his best run in the WDT in 2015, where he reached the semi-finals, however, with a home crowd behind him and his ability to perform on the big-stage, could 2018 be his year!?
Conan Whitehead (13) vs William Borland (q)
Last years’ quarter-finalist, Conan Whitehead will face qualifier William Borland. Borland, a regular on the Youth Development Tour, overcame challenges from Dave Parletti and David Pallett, winning both matches 4-3 to secure his place in the 2018 WDT finals. Whitehead too has enjoyed a successful season, receiving an England call-up and reaching the semi-final stages of both the Slovak Open and Denmark Masters. Neither Whitehead or Borland have played each other previously, and as Borland’s first BDO major appearance, will he hold his nerve against the more experienced Whitehead?
Lorraine Winstanley (1) vs Paula Jacklin
The final Ladies match of the evening will be between Number 1 seed, Lorraine Winstanley and Paula ‘Kickass’ Jacklin. Their four most recent encounters see them tied at two wins each, and both players have enjoyed varying successes throughout the season. Winstanley has claimed wins at the World Masters and the London Ladies Open this season, and Jacklin won the Torremolinos Open in March this year. Neither player are strangers to the big stage, and will both be keen to improve on their previous WDT performances, with Winstanley reaching the quarters in 2016, and Jacklin, the last 16.
Jim Williams (4) vs Derk Telnekes
The evening’s entertainment will be rounded off by Welsh International, Jim Williams and Dutch debutant Derk Telnekes. Telnekes was a qualifier in the 2018 World Championships, where he beat fellow countryman, Chris Landman in the first round and has continued to climb the rankings table, winning the 2017 Belgium Open and, most recently, reaching the 2018 German Open final. Williams has also enjoyed a successful season which sees him seeded number 4. The 2015 World Cup Singles Champion claimed titles in Antwerp, France and Switzerland last year, and last weekend, did the double in Bruges, winning both the Belfry and Bruges Open. The pair met in a first-round clash at the 2017 England National Singles, which Telnekes won 4-3.