Gulliver fights back to defeat Podgorska at Lakeside

Trina Gulliver MBE came from a set down against Karolina Podgorska to fight her way through a last leg decider and book a place in the quarter finals of the 2019 BDO World Championships at the Lakeside. In the men’s draw, Willem Mandigers upset the fourth seed Wesley Harms while Michael Unterbuchner produced a superb finishing display to whitewash Wayne Warren.

Trina Gulliver, the 10 time BDO Ladies world champion, came into Lakeside as the eighth seed, drawing the Polish lady Karolina Podgorska, who was making her World Championship debut. Podgorska’s nerves were settled after the first leg when Gulliver missed four darts at double, allowing Karolina to clean up 60. Trina hit back with a maximum and hold in the next leg, but the Pole threw an excellent 16 darter to go within a leg of the set. Gulliver was showing some signs of nerves, missing six more darts at the outer ring, giving Karolina a shot at double 7 for the opening set, which she duly converted to lead 1-0. The second set began with two holds of throw, before Trina took the lead with a 16 dart leg. When Karolina missed two darts at double 18, Trina pounced straight away by taking out 60 to level the match and send it to a deciding set. Trina looked to have dealt the decisive blow when she broke Podgorska’s throw with a superb 100 checkout to lead the final set. However, the Pole showed great fight to hit straight back with double 16 to make the match a best of three legs. Podgorska fired in a superb 76 checkout to go within a leg of winning, but Trina fought back to win a scrappy leg and send the match to a sudden death leg. The 10 time champion had the darts, and gained the initiative with visits of 140 and 121, before hitting double 10 to see off the very impressive Karolina Podgorska. It was a tough battle for Trina Gulliver MBE, but she came through it and it should stand her in good stead in her quarter final against Lorraine Winstanley.

The session opened with an all-Dutch clash between the fourth seed Wesley Harms and thirteenth seed Willem Mandigers. Harms had seen off Tony O’Shea in a decider in round 1, while Mandigers had defeated Paul Hogan without dropping a set. It was Willem who flew out of the gate, whitewashing Harms in the first set with an average of 98, even though Wesley had a dart to win every leg. The first three legs of the second set went on throw, before Harms landed a fifteen darter on tops to level the match at a set all. Wesley led the match for the first time when he broke Mandiger’s throw in the first leg of the third set on double 16. Harms fired in two solid holds of throw to take the set and open up a 2-1 lead against his compatriot. At this stage, the fourth seed Wesley Harms looked very likely to carry on and take the win, but Willem Mandigers had not given up. He kicked off the set with a superb 11 dart leg, before following it up with a decent hold to lead the set 2-0. Mandigers missed three set darts to level the match, allowing Harms to pull a leg back before sending the set to a crucial deciding leg. Wesley had the darts, but it was Mandigers who took a hugely important set with a 16 dart leg to level the match at 2-2. The first three legs of the fifth set were holds by both players, before Mandigers landed a huge 136 checkout to lead the match 3-2 and go within a set of the match. Harms fired in two quick legs to go within a set of sending the match to a decider, but Mandigers fought back with two legs of his own, both in six visits. All the pressure was on Harms to save the match, and he buckled under it, missing two set darts to allow Willem Mandigers to pin double 10 and take the biggest win of his career, winning the last three sets in the process. The thirteenth seed was the first man into the quarter finals, his first last 8 appearance at the Lakeside.

Willem Mandigers’ opponent in the quarter finals will be Michael Unterbuchner, who whitewashed the Welsh man Wayne Warren with an impressive display on the outer ring. The German kicked the match off with a superb 101 checkout, before firing in a double 18 to lead 2-0 after Warren missed numerous darts at double. The Welsh man took out a super 93 checkout to save the set, before throwing a fifteen dart leg to level the set. However, Michael did not fail under the pressure, nailing a 104 checkout, his second ton plus finish of the set to lead the match 1-0. The first two legs of the second set went on throw, before Unterbuchner landed a crucial blow by breaking Warren’s throw on double 16. The German fired in an impressive 13 darter at the right time to gain a commanding 2-0 lead at the first interval. Michael won the next set comprehensively 3-0 with an average of 94 to go within a set of the match, even though Warren was not throwing too bad. It didn’t take long for the German to clinch it, throwing a fabulous 130 checkout on double 5 to take the match 4-0 and book his place in the quarter finals of the World Championships.

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