The Ladies semi-final line-up was completed on Saturday evening as Lisa Ashton and Lorraine Winstanley progressed at the Circus Tavern.
Reigning World Master Lisa Ashton came through to the early rounds at Grays’ Civic Hall earlier in the week before taking to the TV stage on Saturday. She defeated two-time quarter-finalist Miyumi Ouchi 4-1 with an 85 average as the Japanese failed to find her feet under the lights.
Lorraine Winstanley completed the line-up as she whitewashed Sweden’s Vicky Pruim with a stunning 86 average. Pruim was unable to get a leg on the board despite averaging over the 80 mark herself and hitting two maximums.
It was a positive start to the evening for the Irish as Ciaran Teehan put pay to Roemer Mooijman’s chances of a first major title. The first two sets would go with throw before a 12-darter and a spectacular tops-tops checkout got the crowd off their feet as the Irishman surged ahead. One set later he was done and dusted, into a first major quarter-final.
He was not be joined by fellow Irishman Keith Gerraghty who was next to toe the oche. He pushed Michael Warburton to the brink, but the British Open finalist held his nerve to see off the tenacious Gerraghty.
John O’Shea’s progression in the final match of the evening would ensure an Irish double act at the Circus Tavern on Sunday. A stunning 147 checkout proved to be the turning point as a 97 average carried him to a second consecutive World Masters quarter-final.
Two-time champion of the world Scott Waites find himself in position for another major title after defeating Paul Hogan in a five set thriller. A solid opening hold from Hogan put him in an excellent position, but a 12 and 13 darter from Waites leveled proceedings. ‘Crocodile Dundee’ would resume control with a 2-0 win in set three, but Waites would not lay down.
Waites would make light work of the fourth, and hold his nerve at the pivotal moments in set five to progress to the final day of action at the Circus Tavern.