The sixth day of action at the BDO World Championship is one of the busiest of the week so far as three different tournaments are in play on a good looking Thursday at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green.
We saw the men’s world number one get dumped out in ruthless style on Wednesday and on Thursday the defending champion Glen Durrant will be looking to make the quarter finals on a day where the second round ends for the men and all four quarter finals are played out by the women.
We actually begin with the Youth final which sees Nathan Girvan looking to go one better than he did last year when he takes on Leighton Bennett for the title. After them the women take centre stage for a while as the lady who dumped Lisa Ashton out, Mikuru Suzuki, takes on Sharon Prins for a place in the semi-final.
Maria O’Brien then takes on Fallon Sherrock in the pick of the afternoon matches before the former men’s champion looks to make another quarter final when Scott Mitchell is back on stage. He faces the competent Polish player Krzysztof Kciuk with the winner going through to take on Jim Williams in the quarter final.
It is the women that get us underway in the evening session as the number one seed Lorraine Winstanley takes on 10-time champion Trina Gulliver for a spot in Friday’s semi-finals. Two unseeded players then do battle as David Cameron takes on Kyle McKinstry in what could be the tightest match of them all across both sessions of play.
The big women’s quarter final is the penultimate match of the day as Anastasia Dobromyslova, the woman widely expected to land the title from here on in, goes up against Aileen de Graaf before the defending men’s champion Glen Durrant looks to make another quarter final when he faces the rapid throwing Scott Baker.
I’ll take three over the course of the day in the competition. We begin with the women in the afternoon where I’m expecting a very easy time of it for Mikuru Suzuki. The Japanese star took care of Lisa Ashton with a near 80 average which was a good 16pts higher than that of her next opponent Sharon Prins. The Dutch woman has the potential to improve as an underdog but Suzuki was only denied a spot at Alexandra Palace by Anastasia Dobromyslova so she’s legit. I expect her to win this in straight sets.
In the final match of the afternoon I’m expecting Scott Mitchell to ease past Krzysztof Kciuk. In this game there are levels and the former champion is at least one above the Pole, if not a couple more. Mitchell looked pretty easy on a 95 average in the first round whereas in two outings Kciuk is yet to average 86 in a match. I think it is going to take either a right meltdown on his doubles from Mitchell or some inspired big finishing from Kciuk for this one to be close. I don’t see either happening so I’ve got Mitchell to come through here no worse than 4-1.
Trina Gulliver has won the last two meetings between herself and Lorraine Winstanley and I fancy she is in a good place to win a third straight time too. All the pressure is on Winstanley as the world number one and top seed and we saw that in the first round where she looked tense and nervous and I fancy Gulliver can capitalise on that. Gulliver had a humdinger of a match in the first round but she still averaged 72 and loose change which isn’t a bad performance. There is a bit more freedom in the Gulliver throw these days and she can see off Winstanley at a tasty price.
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WON – Back S.Mitchell (-2.5 sets) to beat K.Kciuk for a 4/10 stake at 2.05 with Boylesports
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Back T.Gulliver to beat L.Winstanley for a 3/10 stake at 2.30 with 888sport