The first round of the men’s BDO World Darts Championship concludes inside the Lakeside Country Club on Tuesday while the first round of the women’s event continues on what is another deep day of action in the competition.
The big guns have all made it through unscathed so far and there are a couple more beginning their campaigns for glory on Tuesday as we have two deep sessions of action in Surrey.
We get underway with a clash between the Finders Masters runner up Jim Williams and Dennis Nilsson who looked very impressive earlier in the week when he came through the preliminary round. Former semi-finalist Richard Veenstra is next onto the stage when he takes on the debutant from Northern Ireland in the form of Kyle McKinstry.
We then have the one women’s match in the afternoon as the extremely talented Aileen de Graaf gets her campaign going when she takes on Paula Jacklin before the Belgian star Geert de Vos plays Derk Telnekes who also impressed in coming through the preliminary round.
The former Winmau World Masters winner and Lakeside veteran Martin Phillips opens up the evening session when he plays Daniel Day who is another who caught the eye in the preliminary round. The former Ladies champion Anastasia Dobromyslova is back on stage after that. She faces Anda Zijlstra in the first round.
The second half of the evening session looks very tasty. One of the ties of the first round sees Cameron Menzies taking on Conan Whitehead before the third seed Jamie Hughes meets the German player Michael Unterbuchner in the final match of the opening round.
I fancy the outsiders to impress over the course of Tuesday and there are three in particular that I like in what looks like an extremely competitive day of darts.
Richard Veenstra is surprisingly a big outsider but his record here has to count for something. He faces the Northern Irish debutant Kyle McKinstry who he holds a 1-0 head to head record over. We’ve seen all week so far that first timers are finding it really hard to settle on this stage and if the same thing happens to McKinstry he could be in trouble. Veenstra has always looked comfortable on this stage and the price is more than enough to justify a bet on him.
Derk Telnekes looked impressive in the preliminary round despite the obvious early nerves that he had but now that he has won a match I expect him to settle down and be a very tough challenge for Geert de Vos. The Belgian is a class act but he has a ceiling which I’m not sure Dutchman Telnekes has. This should be an extremely watchable match but doubles often lets de Vos down and if misses some here the Dutch youngster can benefit.
Martin Phillips showed at the BDO Trophy that he can still perform on this stage but he only averaged in the 90s once on his way to the final of that event so while he can hold his nerve his quality is not always there. I think he could be exposed by Daniel Day who had a lovely aggressive throw and did not give off the impression in his preliminary match that he is here for a holiday. While Phillips had that run in the Trophy, he has only won one match in this tournament since 2011 so he’ll feel under pressure and Day looked primed to take advantage of that.
WON – Back R.Veenstra to beat K.McKinstry for a 4/10 stake at 2.63 with Paddy Power
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Back D.Telnekes to beat G.de Vos for a 4/10 stake at 2.50 with Coral
Back D.Day to beat M.Phillips for a 4/10 stake at 2.05 with Bwin
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