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The BDO World Championship at Lakeside has already supplied some superb tungsten action and with the men’s quarter finals and the women’s semi finals set to take place on Friday, there’s plenty more thrills and spills to come. All four of the quarter finals in the men’s side of the competition will be played throughout the day, with current favourite Glen Durrant set to take to the oche in the afternoon session, and ‘Scotty Dog’ Mitchell to play on Friday night.
Canadian Jeff Smith, the man who unceremoniously dumped out multiple former world champion Martin Adams in the first round, will also take to the stage during Friday evenings session, with those two games punctuated by the two women’s semi finals. Number three seed in the women’s competition, and WDF world number one Deta Hedman faces Ann-Lousie Peters, and the ‘Dark Destroyer’ is also worth following to reach her third BDO world Championship final.
Scott Mitchell v Richard Veenstra
First up for our tips it’s Scott Mitchell who is priced at 11/25 1.44 -227 0.44 -2.27 0.44 with Skybet, Bet365 and Paddy Power to get the better of Richard Veenstra and make his way into the semi finals.
We backed Mitchell as an each way shot alongside our main bet on Glen Durrant, and both are looking good to progress deep into the tournament. Scotty Dog hasn’t had it all his own way so far though, and he survived a huge scare on Thursday afternoon against Mark McGeeney, eventually coming through in a thrilling sudden death leg.
Lat year’s champion was up against it from the outset as McGeeney made an excellent start to the match, taking the first set without reply in just 20 darts after closing out on a 130 with bullseye. The ‘Gladiator’ continued to impress and pushed Mitchell all the way in the second set, with Scotty Dog having to produce his very best to come through and win the decisive leg to level the contest. At 2-1 down in the third set Mitchell looked ready to take it to another deciding leg, but missed three doubles to let McGeeney back in. His opponent took full advantage, nailing a double 18 and taking the set with a highly impressive average of 107.
McGeeney continued to produce marvelous darts to get within a whisker of taking the fourth set, only to suffer a shaky moment and miss nine darts at the double. Mitchell duly capitalized and leveled the contest at two apiece. The current champion proceeded to take control of the contest winning the next set to take the lead for the first time, and although he had chances to secure a 4-2 victory, it was McGeeney who held his nerve to take the match to a deciding set. The two men went toe-to-toe and after a sequence of four consecutive breaks of throw they eventually found themselves in a deciding leg. Mitchell missed double top to seal the match, but McGeeney failed to take advantage, missing a double of his own, allowing Scott back to the oche to hit double 20 and seal his passage to the quarters.
Richard Veenstra’s second round match couldn’t have been more different as he cruised past Martin Atkins 4-0 with an average of 91.20. The Dutch star also knocked out countryman and number 3 seed Jeffrey de Graaf in the first round and will be a dangerous opponent. However, Mitchell has already shown his resilience and fighting spirit on the Lakeside stage once this week, and he can get the job done again on Friday night.
Jeff Smith v Dennis Harbour
The unseeded Canadian whitewashed three-time world champion Martin Adams in the opening round, but proved it was no fluke when he demolished Brian Dawson 4-1 in the second round with some superb darts. He takes on another unseeded player in Dennis Harbour, who has beaten number 7 seed Darryl Fitton and number 10 seed Martin Phillips so far, but Smith holds all the aces. The Canadian has posted averages of 92.58 and 91.83 in his pair of matches, while Harbour has managed 85.44 and 87.51 in his two games. Smith is known as the ‘Silencer’, and we expect him to get through to the semi final in style.
Glen Durrant v Scott Waites
His quarter final opponent was only confirmed late on Thursday evening as Scott Waites produced an incredible comeback from 3-0 down to stun Geert de Vos and thrill the Lakeside crowd. De Vos won 9 of the opening 11 legs to take what appeared to be an unassailable lead, but Waites went on an even more impressive run to secure 12 of the remaining 13 legs and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
It will be tough for him to come out again so quickly on Friday afternoon to take on world number one Glen Durrant, who has had the advantage of an extra day’s rest after easing past Larry Butler 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon.
Deta Hedman v Ann-Louise Peters
Finally we’ll be following Deta Hedman at 9/25 1.36 -278 0.36 -2.78 0.36 with Bet365 when she takes on Ann-Louise Peters in the women’s semi final on Friday night.
The ‘Dark Destroyer’ smashed her way past a quality player in Lorraine Winstanley on Thursday evening, securing 3-0 and 3-1 triumphs with a highly impressive average of 80.28 to take the match in two sets. If she maintains that kind of form she should have too much class for unseeded Ann-Louise Peters, who has already claimed the scalp of number 7 seed Zoe Jones. The semi final represents a good show for the Danish player, but Hedman is playing at a better level right now, and will surely be desperate to have another tilt at this trophy having twice finished runner-up in the last four renewals.
Scott Mitchell to beat Richard Veenstra
Friday 8th January, 17:30 GMT
Odds: 11/25 1.44 -227 0.44 -2.27 0.44
Jeff Smith to beat Dennis Harbour
Friday 8th January, 17:30 GMT
Odds: 13/50 1.26 -385 0.26 -3.85 0.26
Glen Durrant to beat Scott Waites
Friday 8th January, 13:00 GMT
Odds: 1/2 1.50 -200 0.50 -2.00 0.50
Deta Hedman to beat Ann-Louise Peters
Friday 8th January, 17:30 GMT
Odds: 9/25 1.36 -278 0.36 -2.78 0.36