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The eyes of the darts world are all on the PDC World Championships at the moment, understandably so, but the BDO World Championship is just around the corner. The famous Lakeside tournament holds a special place in the hearts of tungsten fans, and it’s set to be played from the 2nd to the 10th of January.
Scott ‘Scotty Dog’ Mitchell took the title last year, defying the odds to beat Martin Adams 7-6 in the final, and catapulting himself into the limelight. 59 year-old ‘Wolfie’ Adams has three BDO World Championship titles under his belt (2007, 2010 and 2011), and he’ll be competing again this time around, although that 2011 win was his last major title. Meanwhile, Glen Durrant has taken the BDO by storm in 2015, and goes into the competition as the man of the moment. Those three could well hold the key to this tournament between them, and we’ll be assessing the chances of each one in turn.
The draw has put Mitchell and Adams in the same half, but Durrant gets a relatively clear run at the final from the top half of the draw, and there are plenty of reasons to believe he can justify his tag as favourite to lift the trophy.
The World Championships Format
After the preliminaries have been played, 32 players will line up for the biggest tournament in the BDO calendar, which will be televised live on the BBC and BT Sport. The first round of the competition proper will be played over the best of 5 sets of 5 legs each; the last 16 will be contested over the best of 7 legs, with the quarter finals the best of 9, the semi finals the best of 11, and the grand final the best of 13 legs.
The comeptition began in 1978 and has been held at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green since 1986. This will be the 31st time the famous competition has been contested, and a whopping £339,000 in prize money is available, with a cool £100,000 to the winner of the men’s tournament. Scott Mitchell spent last year’s prize money in unorthodox fashion by buying a new tractor for his dad’s family farm, and he has admitted that his life simply hasn’t been the same since that famous victory.
He is worth backing to win after a sterling year, and there is plenty in his favour going into the competition. 2015 has been remarkable for ‘Duzza’ who has seen his career earnings double in the space of a year after a number of excellent results. He has taken the English Classic, English Matchplay, Welsh Open, Denmark Open and Isle of Mann Classic titles, and reached the finals of the Scottish Open, English Open, Isle of Mann Open, and the British Classic. He also helped England to win the WDF World Cup Team Title. Not a bad year at all for the man from Middlesbrough, and he is in pole position to follow up with his first World Championship.
The draw sees him avoid both Martin Adams and Scott Mitchell until the final at least, and he’ll open his account in the first round against Dean Reynolds of Wales. Scott Waites could well provide the opposition in the quarter final, but if Durrant maintains the form which has seen him average close to 107 in two of his final wins this year, it will be hard for anybody to live with him.
Scott Mitchell has the tougher draw, but there’s a certain amount of value about him repeating last year’s heroics at 18/1 19.00 +1800 18.00 18.00 -0.06 with BetVictor
‘Scotty Dog’ had never progressed beyond the second round at the BDO World Championships in his previous five attempts before last year, but he said that he used his 3-0 first round exit at the hands of Martin Adams in 2012 as his motivation for the final in 2015, and it worked out perfectly as he won a epic encounter 7-6.
That gave him the confidence to push on for the following few months, but he admitted that the bubble burst at the mid-way point in the year, which led him back to the practice board. The rebuilding process culminated in him winning the England Masters in September and lifting the World Cup as England captain, and he’ll be bullish enough about his chances coming back to Lakeside to defend the title.
He’ll open against Craig Caldwell or Alan Soutar, with Jeffrey de Graaf possibly providing the strongest opposition in his quarter of the draw. A potential semi final against Martin Adams would be a repeat of last year’s final, and a tough one to get through, but at the respective odds, Mitchell is worth an each way bet to give us a runner in each half of the draw.
Martin Adams is rated a 6/1 7.00 +600 6.00 6.00 -0.17 chance with BetVictor and ‘Wolfie’ is bound to have plenty of supporters, such has been his dominance of the BDO over the years. He’s appeared in 17 major BDO finals over the years, winning 9 of them, and is ranked number two in the BDO rankings. He really shouldn’t have any trouble winning his quarter of the draw, but a potential semi final against Scott Mitchell will be a tough one, and it remains to be seen if Adams retains the stamina to play on six successive days – which is what will be required if he is to win this title.
A straight win bet on Durrant and an each way punt on Mitchell will give us a decent hand in the competition.
Glen Durrant to win the BDO World Championship
2nd – 10th January 2016
Odds: 9/4 3.25 +225 2.25 2.25 -0.44
Scott Mitchell to win the BDO World Championship – Each Way
2nd – 10th January 2016
Odds: 18/1 19.00 +1800 18.00 18.00 -0.06