A grand total of 416 players have entered the BDO England Classic singles.

327 players will compete at Bunn Leisure in Selsey, with 89 players making up the women’s singles draw. There are also 71 men’s pairs, and 28 women’s pairs, entered to date. The England Classic remains one of the few chances left to pick up vital ranking points, with the World Championship cut-off looming large.

Jim Williams, runner-up in Selsey last year, comes off the back of his recent World Trophy triumph. The Welshman, @InsidetheBDO explained on Twitter, has more ranking points to defend than any other player.

Ryan Hogarth and Mark Blandford find themselves in similar positions. Wesley Harms, the current reigning England Classic champion, will be the top seed.

Anastasia Dobromyslova will be fifth seed as she defends her 2018 title. Lisa Ashton, who won back-to-back England Classic titles in 2015 and 2016, is top of the pile in the women’s draw. The Lancashire Rose recently sealed her third World Trophy in Blackburn.

Ted Hankey was among the last players to throw their name into the hat, while Leighton Bennett continues his charge towards a first senior World Championship appearance.

The pairs features a number of interesting duos. Bennett will play alongside Daniel Day, while Trina Gulliver and Paula Jacklin are the big-ticket item in the women’s pairs. Ross Montgomery will partner Martin Adams, Wesley Harms pairs up with World Trophy runner-up Richard Veenstra, and Andy Hamilton plays alongside Darryl Fitton.

The BDO England Classic will take place on Saturday 7 September.

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Author: Ed McCosh