The BDO World Trophy 2018 rumbles on in its new Preston home.
Andy Baetens heads into his second major of 2018 hoping to make a similar impression to the one he made in the first. The young Belgian meets Justin Thompson in Preston. Next up is two-time world champion Scott Waites, who plays English compatriot Scott Baker. World Championship finalist Anastasia Dobromyslova, the 2014 BDO World Trophy winner, fell at the final hurdle in 2015 and 2017. Her quest to make the 2018 title hers starts against Welsh hopeful Rhian O’Sullivan.
Last year’s runner-up, Martin Phillips, is the ninth seed in Preston. He takes on Darius Labanauskas in the first round. The big Lithuanian has had a fair bit of stage practice already this year, including a PDC European Tour outing at the Austrian Darts Open. Willem Mandigers doesn’t have the most impressive major record, but that could change at the World Trophy. The Dutchman will need to overcome Richie Edwards first.
Two-time BDO World Trophy champion and four-time world champion Lisa Ashton is the most decorated player in the field. As the current Lakeside title holder, her status as fourth seed belies her obvious threat to the rest of the pack. In her way first is a tricky opponent, former world finalist Corinne Hammond. Jeffrey Sparidaans might have been hoping for a more straightforward opening tie than a meeting with Tony O’Shea as well. Men’s reigning world champion Glen Durrant takes to the Preston Guild Hall stage for the final match of the day. Duzza hasn’t made his mark on this tournament yet, but if he can see off Dafydd Edwards, he’ll hold high hopes of doing so.
For those stuck on the waiting list for tickets, all of the action is live on FreeSports and the BDO YouTube channel.
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Author: Ed McCosh