Sherrock and Warren impress on Sunday evening at Lakeside

Fallon Sherrock and Wayne Warren were the star performers during the Sunday evening session in the 2019 BDO World Darts Championships at Lakeside. Mark McGrath and Roger Janssen both came through preliminary round matches to round off the second day of darting action.

Fallon Sherrock was in an unstoppable mood, as the BDO World Trophy champion brought her form to the Lakeside stage, only dropping one leg against Corrine Hammond of Australia. Sherrock began the match in impressive fashion, checking out 108 for a 15 dart leg. She backed this up with a maximum and a break of throw in the second leg, before finishing the set on double 18 after another 180. The 2017 world finalist Hammond got off the mark in the second set with a decent 16 dart leg, but Fallon Sherrock was not to be stopped. Her scoring power was just too much for Corrine, and she finished the job with legs of 16, 18 and 15 darts to close out a comfortable win. Her average of 89.67, as well as 50% on doubles will take some beating for anyone in the draw. Her next round match is against Maria O’Brien, the lady who knocked out Deta Hedman earlier today, and will take place on Thursday.

The twelfth seed in the men’s draw, Wayne Warren, began his World Championships in tremendous style, defeating fellow Welsh man Mark Layton 3-0 to book a last 16 clash with either Michael Unterbuchner or Justin Thompson. Layton was making his debut at the Lakeside, and showed no signs of nerves early on, throwing a 14 dart leg to open the match. 2018 quarter finalist Warren showed his experience to hit back with two consecutive legs of his own, before Layton landed double 8 to send the opening set to a crucial decider. Wayne began the leg with a maximum and didn’t look back, pinning double 12 to lead the all Welsh battle 1-0. Warren began the second set by breaking Mark’s throw with his last dart at double 5, before holding to lead the set 2-0. Layton took out an impressive 96 to pull a leg back, but there was just no stopping Warren, who romped to a two set lead after taking out double 7. The third set was a breeze for Wayne, with a 16 darter and two 15 dart legs, he finished off arguably the best performance seen at the World Championships to date, in defeating Mark Layton 3-0. With a 97.7 average, 4 maximums and 53% on doubles, whoever Wayne Warren faces in the last 16 will be up against it.

Mark McGrath set up a tie with Glen Durrant as he eased to a 3-0 win over World Masters champion Adam Smith-Neale, who played with a crutch in his hand after he broke his leg on holiday recently. McGrath, making his second appearance at the Lakeside, will be known to avid darts viewers for beating PDC world finalist Michael Smith in the Auckland Darts Masters this year. Smith-Neale was simply outstanding at the World Masters earlier this year, but with a crutch supporting him in his left hand, never really stood a chance. McGrath won nine straight legs, not even allowing Adam a shot at double, to make his way past the preliminary round. The highlights were an 82 checkout and a maximum, but McGrath knows he certainly will not have it as easy against Durrant on Tuesday evening.

The other match in the evening was another preliminary round game, between Roger Janssen and Wouter Vaes. Both were making their second World Championships appearance, having made their debuts in 2017. The Dutch man, Vaes, took the first leg after pinning the double at the fifth time of asking, but that was as good as it got for Wouter in that set. Janssen reeled off three straight legs, including a 13 darter to finish the set, and opened a 1-0 lead. The opening two legs of the second set were shared on throw, before Janssen dealt a major blow, capitalising on double 1 after Vaes missed three darts at double to break throw. The Dutch man missed six more darts at the outer ring in the next leg, but Roger had no sympathy for him, pinning double 9 to lead the match 2-0. Janssen began the third set with legs of 15 and 18 darts to go within a leg of the match. However, Vaes pulled a leg back with a superb 118 checkout to ask questions of Janssen’s character. In a very nervy leg, Wouter Vaes missed seven more darts at double to level the set, allowing Roger Janssen to step in and pin the winning double at the fifth time of asking. The Belgian was not overly pleased with his performance in the interview afterwards, but he can’t complain too much about a 3-0 win, although he must be aware that it would have been a closer game had Vaes not had demons on the doubles. Whatever way you look at it, Janssen had a comfortable win, setting up a clash with Jim Williams tomorrow night.

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