BDO World Championship Day Five schedule, preview and predictions: Waites and Harms clash in potential thriller
Following the conclusion of the opening two rounds of the BDO World Championship, we enter day five of the prestigious tournament.
Last year’s Women’s World Championship finalist Lorraine Winstanley and two former world champions take to the stage on Wednesday, with the tournament ploughing on at London’s Indigo at the O2.
WAYNE WARREN VS ANDY HAMILTON
The men’s third round gets underway with Wayne Warren and Andy Hamilton both returning to the stage.
Hamilton, who had previously competed in the atmosphere that is the O2 entertainment complex in the Premier League of Darts, fought off a potential banana skin in New Zealand’s Darren Herewini in the second round.
‘The Hammer’ was far from his best, averaging a mere 82.59 in a 3-1 victory over the New Zealander, with his doubles certainly needing to improve, after squandering 25 darts at the outer ring.
As for Warren, he ended a seven-year title drought earlier in the year, and received an extra resting day than his Stoke-on-Trent-based opponent.
The Welshman battled to the end in a narrow victory over Australia’s Justin Thompson, with both averaging over the 90 mark in a closely contested affair.
Warren was whitewashed by Michael Unterbuchner at this very hurdle twelve months ago, while former PDC World Championship finalist, Hamilton, has progressed further than his previous best at the BDO edition.
Prediction: 4-2 Warren
LORRAINE WINSTANLEY VS CASEY GALLAGHER
Lorraine Winstanley was pipped to her first world title by the history-making Mikuru Suzuki of Japan last time around, and she will be vying to prevail one step further as she debuts at the O2.
Herself and Casey Gallagher bring the curtain down on the Women’s World Championship first round on Wednesday afternoon.
Winstanley lifted the Isle of Man Classic in 2019, with that being her only triumph on the circuit last year, though, the Buxton thrower was also a semi-finalist at both the World Masters and the World Trophy in Blackburn.
Gallagher has departed at the first hurdle on three of her four previous World Championship appearances, with her best run of last year coming in Sweden – where she reached the semi-finals.
Winstanley defeated Gallagher 2-1 in the opening round twelve months ago, before embarking on a valiant run to the final.
Prediction: 2-1 Winstanley
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CHRIS LANDMAN VS BEN HAZEL
Having nailed the highest checkout of the tournament, Chris Landman has accumulated the furthest World Championship run of his career.
The Dutchman defeated Dave Parletti in the first round, whilst hitting six maximums and a 84.1 average in narrowly seeing off the Londoner.
His opponent, Ben Hazel, returns to the stage less than a day after completing a second round triumph over Gary Robson.
Hazel, who in his post-match interview was visibly ecstatic to get past the second round, stated he was knackered, with his third round match coming so soon after Tuesday evening’s clash.
Hazel completed a magnificent comeback against the former England Open champion, coming from 2-0 down, before eventually prevailing a 3-2 winner.
Prediction: 4-1 Landman
WESLEY HARMS VS SCOTT WAITES
Having locked horns in the final of the BDO-ranked European Darts Classic just over three years ago, Wesley Harms and Scott Waites meet for the first time in a major BDO tournament.
Despite producing a rather poor performance, Waites breezed past three-time world champion, Martin Adams. The two-time champion averaged a smudge less than 85 and squandered 29 darts at a double, however, found himself comfortably through to the third round.
Waites was a runner-up last time around thanks to a rampant Glen Durrant handing him a major blow at the final hurdle.
As for Harms, he was beaten at this very hurdle twelve months ago at the hands of a scintillating showing from Willem Mandigers.
‘Sparky’ produced a solid display in his opening round win over, averaging over the 91 mark and pinning a 121 outshot against the valiant Andreas Harrysson of Sweden.
Prediction: 4-3 Harms
MICHAEL UNTERBUCHNER VS SCOTT MITCHELL
Somewhat surprisingly, Scott Mitchell and Germany’s Michael Unterbuchner meet in a BDO tournament of any accord for the very first time.
Mitchell comfortably yet unconvincingly saw off World Youth champion, Leighton Bennett, on Tuesday evening, averaging a mere 84.96 – which is considerably below-par compared to his sky-high standards.
The former champion of the world continued his now eight-year second round winning streak, with a 3-1 victory over the 14-year-old, though, the German Unterbuchner will prove a tougher test in round three.
As for the German, he narrowly defeated the Netherlands’ Willem Mandigers for the second successive year at the World Championship.
Unterbuchner averaged just below the 90 mark in a dazzling display, as he denied a 170 checkout and a 94.16 average from his Dutch opponent.
The former Swiss Open champion put on show a doubling masterclass in the second round, as he pinned eleven of his nineteen darts thrown at the outer ring.
Prediction: 4-3 Mitchell
RICHARD VEENSTRA VS DAVID EVANS
As the curtain comes down on Wednesday evening’s action, World Trophy finalist Richard Veenstra faces David Evans.
Veenstra held off a mid-match comeback from Justin Hood to progress to the third round, averaging 86.31 and pinning a superb 145 checkout.
The Dutchman, who lifted three BDO titles last year including the prestigious Dutch Open, has been defeated in the last 16 in two of his four World Championship appearances.
Veenstra’s form will ensure a firm examination as the consistency of Evans has proved to be mesmerising in recent months.
Evans failed to reach the quarter-finals or later in just two of the twelve BDO-ranked events he played last, and was a finalist at the French Open, losing to Adam Smith-Neale.
The Manchester man came from 2-1 behind in sets to gain the narrow scalp of Stourbridge’s Nick Fullwell in the second round, whilst averaging just over 83 and pinning a mere two maximums.
Prediction: 4-2 Veenstra
BDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8
Wayne Warren v Andy Hamilton (R3)
Lorraine Winstanley v Casey Gallagher (R1 Women’s)
Chris Landman v Ben Hazel (R3
Wesley Harms v Scott Waites (R3)
Michael Unterbuchner v Scott Mitchell (R3)
Richard Veenstra v David Evans (R3)
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