It is another busy day at the BDO World Darts Championship on Wednesday as the second round of the men’s event begins while the first round of the ladies tournament draws to a close inside the Lakeisde Country Club.
We finally lost our first big name on Tuesday when Jamie Hughes was sent packing while Cameron Menzies was another who exited at the first opportunity but a number of top players have made it through and the line up on Wednesday is very strong.
The action begins in the men’s draw as the former champion Scott Mitchell takes on the impressive Belgian player Andy Baetens over the best of seven sets for a place in the quarter final of the tournament. They are followed by the Winmau World Masters champion Lorraine Winstanley who gets her quest for the big double underway against Tricia Wright.
The match of the round closes out the afternoon as the world number one Mark McGeeney takes on the dangerous Danny Noppert who many people think is the man to beat for the remainder of the week.
Three men’s matches keep us entertained in the evening session. Wayne Warren will be looking to follow up his impressive win in the first round when he takes on a Willem Mandigers who was a little hit or miss against Nick Kenny. Both men are at this stage for the first time so there is a decent opportunity for someone.
The defending champion Glen Durrant is next up when he faces Darryl Fitton in what could be a cracking contest if Fitton is at his best and then the evening is rounded off by another former winner in Scott Waites taking on the youngster with a big reputation in Dean Reynolds.
We should be in for a cracking day of darts inside the Lakeside and I’m going with three bets for the day. In the afternoon session I like a close match to kick things off. Andy Baetens has beaten Scott Mitchell so he knows he can do it but it would be a huge surprise were he to do it easily. Mitchell has plenty of experience and knows how to hang tough in the big moments. Both men had epic first round matches and I fancy they’ll combine nicely for another.
Moving into the evening session I’m a little surprised that Wayne Warren is the outsider against Willem Mandigers. I accept Mandigers is the younger man and with that he should be the more progressive player but I thought Warren was very good in the first round and he has a lovely throw which should hold up under pressure, unlike the more erratic one of the Dutchman. Over this distance that should play nicely into the hands of the Welshman so I’m on him here.
I expect a decent day of darts to be closed with another tight match as Scott Waites and Dean Reynolds meet. Waites was impressive in his first round win over Ross Montgomery and while Reynolds wasn’t quite as appealing on the eye his finishing was very good. If he can put his usual heavy scoring on top of that finishing Waites will have his work cut out. Waites knows the game though and like Mitchell earlier in the day he can hang tough. I fancy over 5.5 sets is a good thing here too.
WON – Back A.Baetens vs S.Mitchell – Over 5.5 sets for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with Boylesports
Back it here:
Back W.Warren to beat W.Mandigers for a 4/10 stake at 2.10 with William Hill
Back S.Waites vs D.Reynolds – Over 5.5 sets for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with BetVictor