Conan Whitehead denied BDO number one Mark McGeeney without reply to progress to the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championship at the Lakeside.
Whitehead – a World Trophy and Finder Darts Masters quarter-finalist – stormed to winning the first set as he pinned a timely 119 with his opponent, McGeeney, sat on 101 to send the set all the way. The Gillingham-based ace pulled off a stunning 13-darter to move one up in the second set, only for McGeeney to level up the set at one-a-piece with a 85 outshot.
The number one seed squandered darts at the outer ring in the fourth leg of the second set and they were punished by Whitehead – who moved 2-0 up, hitting double five for a 23-dart leg.
McGeeney – who suffered an agonising defeat in last year’s final at the hands of Glen Durrant – took a 1-0 lead in set three, but Whitehead reeled off three legs in succession, including two 12-darters and a 105 checkout to move one set away from third round at Lakeside.
Whitehead wrapped up a convincing victory as he prevails to the quarter-finals of the World Championship, pinning a 14-dart leg in set four’s deciding leg to complete a 4-0 whitewashing of BDO number one Mark McGeeney.
The Gillingham-based star will face either Scott Waites or Richard Veenstra in the last eight.
Click here for more information about the 2019 BDO Lakeside World Championship.
Afternoon session schedule
Wesley Harms (92.61) 2-4 (93.00) Willem Mandigers
Trina Gulliver MBE (72.51) 2-1 (70.02) Karolina Podgorska (first round)
Michael Unterbuchner (91.53) 4-0 (91.41) Wayne Warren
Evening session schedule
Mark McGeeney (86.73) 0-4 (96.24) Conan Whitehead
20:15 – Jim Williams vs Dean Reynolds
21:15 – Richard Veenstra vs Scott Waites
Tags: BDO, Conan Whitehead, Lakeside 2019
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