It is the final day of the opening round of the BDO World Darts Championship as far as the men are concerned on Tuesday while the women continue their first round on the busiest day of the tournament so far at the Lakeside Country Club.
By the end of the two session day we will know which 16 men will move into the longer distances to battle it out for the title. Tuesday sees the defending champion Scott Waites begin his title defence along with the number two seed Danny Noppert.
The day begins with the Dutch star Danny Noppert taking to the stage as he faces David Cameron. They are followed by another Dutchman, last year’s semi-finalist Richard Veenstra. He takes on Ross Montgomery in a good looking match up. The first women’s match of the day follows that as Deta Hedman faces Casey Gallagher before the afternoon ends with Wesley Harms playing Krzysztof Ratajski.
Arguably the match of the first round gets us underway as Mark McGeeney takes on James Hurrell. The former ladies champion Anastasia Dobromyslova follows them when she takes on Rhian Griffiths before Darius Labanauskas plays Conan Whitehead. The final match of the first round sees Scott Waites taking on the veteran Dennis Harbour.
I’ve a feeling this will be a really intriguing day of darts. There are some big names on the stage on Tuesday but I’m not convinced they will all come through but at the same time the value on the outsiders isn’t quite there to take some of these established players on.
There is one bit of value around on the day though and it comes in the form of the opening match in the evening where I fancy Mark McGeeney to beat James Hurrell but I don’t see him winning 3-0. These two met at the World Masters last month and McGeeney won in a deciding set and I wouldn’t be surprised if they go the distance here too.
I wouldn’t put anyone off taking the Gladiator straight up but I’m prepared to risk that Hurrell wins at least a set and take the 11/10 on McGeeney to win with both men winning a set. That looks a better than even chance.
WON – Back M.McGeeney to beat J.Hurrell and both players to win a set for a 4/10 stake at 2.10 with Betfred
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