The first day of action in the BDO World Championship contains some epic encounters and a humungous upset and so all eyes will be on the Lakeside Country Club on Sunday to see what day two of the tournament has to offer.
We lost the defending women’s champion Lisa Ashton on the first day of the event while former men’s finalist Martin Phillips was also sent packing so already the seeded players and favourites will be on edge.
We get going on Sunday with the twice former men’s champion Scott Waites taking on Jeffrey Van Egdom for a place in the last 16 of the tournament before the all-European preliminary round match sees Brian Lokken taking on the former PDC World Cup player Krzysztof Kcuik for a place in the first round proper of the draw.
Former ladies number one Deta Hedman is in action in the afternoon match in the women’s event. She faces Maria O’Brien in a match where we could easily see the second shock of the tournament before the afternoon concludes with the Dutch star Richard Veenstra facing the winner from Saturday’s preliminary round match in Nigel Heydon.
We get the evening session underway with an all-European clash as Roger Janssen takes on Wouter Vaes in what looks like a pretty evenly matched encounter and then the pick of the first round matches in the women’s draw follows them when Fallon Sherrock takes on Corinne Hammond for a place in the quarter final.
The evening continues with a preliminary round match between Mark McGrath and the Winmau World Masters winner Adam Smith-Neale before the final match of the night sees the impressive Wayne Warren taking on tournament debutant Mark Layton for a spot in the last 16 of the competition.
I’ll take two across the course of the day with both of them coming in the evening session. The first of those is on Adam Smith-Neale who I’m absolutely amazed to see as the outsider against Mark McGrath. Smith-Neale highlighted his credentials when winning the Winmau World Masters a couple of months ago and he can showcase his talents in this match. Since winning the Winmau, Smith-Neale has been competitive against the likes of Michael Smith and Raymond Barneveld in the Grand Slam and that form covers anything that McGrath has to offer. McGrath did make the last 32 last time he was here but he failed to average 82 in either of his two matches. Smith-Neale averaged over 90 in all five of his latter stage matches in the World Masters. Anything like that sees him as a winner here and there has to be a chance that he completes the job 3-0 too.
Wayne Warren was pretty impressive in this tournament last season and the confidence he took from that has seen him have a much better year on the circuit throughout 2018. He goes up against the tournament debutant Andy Layton in the final match on Sunday evening and that is a battle I expect him to come out on top in. I don’t just think the Welshman will win but I think he will do it with a little bit to spare as well so the even money he covers a 1.5 set handicap will do me.
Back A.Smith-Neale to beat M.McGrath for a 4/10 stake at 2.25 with Coral
Back A.Smith-Neale to win 3-0 for a 1/10 stake at 8.00 with Coral
WON – Back W.Warren (-1.5 sets) to beat A.Layton for a 4/10 stake at 2.00 with Betfair
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