One more session remains of this year’s BDO World Trophy held at the King George’s Hall in Blackburn for the first time and both sides of the draw are still stacked with quality.
The ladies first of all will see Lisa Ashton against Aileen de Graaf kick off proceedings. ‘The Lancashire Rose’ saw off Casey Gallagher with relative ease after being broken in the first leg 4-2 this afternoon.
De Graaf on the other hand came through a tougher assignment in Mikuru Suzuki who she also beat 4-2 with the latter having seen off defending champion Fallon Sherrock on Saturday.
Then it is best friends colliding once again in Anastasia Dobromyslova against Lorraine Winstanley. Dobromyslova has looked the pick of the ladies players so far this weekend seeing off Sharon Prins 4-0 with an 85 average and then Maria O’Brien today with a 88 average.
Winstanley on the otherhand has seen off Laura Turner 4-0 and Kirsty Hutchinson 4-3. She averaged 87 though in the latter in a close tie meaning it could be a similar tie if both play to their capabilities.
Then it is the turn of the Men’s side of proceedings. Two of the BDO’s best remain against two players who have had brilliant weekends from the international qualifier side of proceedings.
The first tie is Richard Veenstra. Every tie he has had so far barring one he has been pushed against both Nick Kenny and Daniel Day and his next opponent is Sebastian Steyer who has had a brilliant weekend seemingly out of nowhere.
Then it is Mark McGrath who has been the story of the weekend defeating some of the BDO’s best en route to the semi-finals including Wesley Harms. His next opponent is probably the BDO’s most in form player right now in Jim Williams; but he nearly went out to Joe Chaney earlier, can ‘The Cowboy’ shock the Quiff.
Evening Session – Starting at 18:00
Ladies and Mens Semi-Finals
Lisa Ashton v Aileen de Graaf
Anastasia Dobromyslova v Lorraine Winstanley
Richard Veenstra v Sebastian Steyer
Mark McGrath v Jim Williams
Author: Samuel Gill