The opening day of the BDO World Darts Championship is a busy affair as both singles competitions gets underway inside the Lakeside Country Club on Saturday. There is always a special feel about the first day of this tournament and we are set for a good day of action.
We kick off the day with a howitzer of a match while the closer promises to be pretty special too while the women’s champion begins her title defence on what is a day where the big guns come out to play.
We begin with the world ranked number one player in the BDO, World Masters finalist Mark McGeeney taking on the three times champion at Lakeside in Martin Adams before Welshman Nick Kenny takes on Willem Mandigers.
Lisa Ashton then begins her title defence with a dangerous challenge from Rhian Griffiths with the afternoon concluding with the first preliminary round match of the tournament when the experienced Gary Robson takes on Pengiran Mohamed of Brunei.
Another preliminary round match gets us going in the evening session when Justin Thompson takes on Chris Gilliland with the winner taking on Darryl Fitton in the next round. Ladies number one Deta Hedman begins her quest for an elusive world title when she takes on Rachna David.
The 2017 beaten finalist and Finders Masters champion Danny Noppert is on stage in the third match of the evening when he takes on Joe Chaney of America. Scott Mitchell and Darius Labanauskas do battle in a heavyweight tussle to round off the opening day of action.
There are some great darts likely to be on show on the opening day with plenty of drama likely to be served up but while I assess the form of the leading protagonists I’m going to go with just the one bet over the course of Saturday.
That comes with Danny Noppert taking on Joe Chaney. Noppert will be looking to go one better than he did last year and while he was rusty when we saw him at the Grand Slam of Darts he was anything but that at the Finders Masters where he powered to the title. His familiarity with the big stage should serve him well here. Chaney is on debut and when you look at the events he’s been in and the company he has been keeping this is a massive step up. I expect Noppert to show that by winning this in straight sets.
WON – Back D.Noppert to beat J.Chaney 3-0 for a 3/10 stake at 2.50 with Boylesports
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