Durrant, Adams, Hedman and Fordham fire through
After a thrilling Day 1 full of shocks in Wales, that saw defending champions Darryl Fitton and Lisa Ashton exit the tournament early, Sam Barnard provides a BDO World Trophy Day 2 report for Darts World.
Two-time Lakeside winner Scott Waites was the next big name to go out at the first stage, as he was defeated 6-3 by debutant James Hurrell in the opening match of the session.
Hillbilly carried on his form that saw him recently claim the Polish Masters trophy, as he raced to a 4-1 lead against last year’s quarter-finalist.
But Hurrell made things difficult for himself in the sixth leg as, needing 80 to finish with three darts, he audaciously went for two shots at double 20 and ultimately lost the leg to give Waites hope.
It was a fairly shaky finish for Hillbilly, as he even managed a rare Robin Hood, but Scotty 2 Hotty couldn’t capitalise and Hurrell eventually took out a 56 to reach the second round and face fellow giant killer Conan Whitehead (Fitton’s conqueror).
Eighth seed Wesley Harms reached the World Trophy second round for the second time, as he made reasonably light work of potentially tricky Japanese opponent Yuya Higuchi, despite his throwing hand being injured.
The latter, nicknamed the Dancing Duck, won the opening and penultimate (with a 100 checkout) legs and has a uniquely bizarre pre-first dart ritual, but that did not affect the Dutchman one bit after averaging 101.85.
Legendary arrowsmith Andy Fordham was next onto the Barry oche, and finally reached the World Trophy last 16 for the first time – though he was a semi-finalist in 2002 in the now defunct tournament of the same name.
The Viking eventually outlasted 16th seed Richard Veenstra in a 6-3 victory, thanks to his superior finishing – particularly on double 20.
Fordham now sets up a mouthwatering meeting with a fellow world champion…
World number one Glen Durrant, who spoke to us recently in our weekly podcast, was next up in the men’s section, as he aims to claim the one current Major BDO trophy missing from his cabinet.
Duzza was straight out of the blocks to lead 3-0, and it looked as though the match would be over very quickly, but his fellow Yorkshireman Brian Dawson had other ideas as he got the scores back level.
Durrant, averaging 98.33, soon stopped his mid-match slump, and eventually triumphed in a tense final leg decider 6-5, by finishing on the bull with Dawson needing just 80 if he missed.
In a battle of former World Trophy finalists, it was last year’s runner-up Peter Machin who toppled 2015 champion Geert de Vos 6-3, in a closely fought affair.
Australian Machin finished with a fantastic 124 checkout on bullseye to book himself a second round tie with number two seed Mark McGeeney.
Umit Uygunsozlu was playing in his maiden TV match, and is also the first Turkish arrowsmith to ever take part in the World Trophy.
He showed signs of nerves at first, but a 180 nearly helped him to breaking Scott Mitchell in the opening leg.
Uygunsozlu certainly settled quickly, and was even level at 4-4 and 5-5, but a very relieved 2015 world champion Scotty Dog showed just enough class to edged him out in the decider.
How to follow that match? With Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams of course!
The 60-year-old BDO legend and three-time Lakeside champion is still on course for his maiden World Trophy crown, after twice being runner-up in the original competition, but had to give his all to make the last 16 this year.
Wolfie initially couldn’t keep up with the pace of energetic Scotsman Cameron Menzies, whose quick-fire throwing speed rivals even that of PDC player ‘Rapid’ Ricky Evans’.
But he clawed his way back into the match from 5-3 down to defeat a distraught Menzies, who looked almost certain to cause an upset at one stage.
In the last match of the day, talented young Welsh duo Dean Reynolds and Jim Williams locked horns, with a second round meeting with veteran compatriot Martin Phillips to play for.
English-born Williams set the pace, going 3-0, 4-1 and even 5-2 up, but quality finishing from Reynolds got him right back into the match to set up a decider.
Despite a very shaky end to the clash, Deano eventually hit double 5 to go through.
In the women’s section, Rachel Brooks put in a steady performance to see off eighth seed Dutchwoman Sharon Prins.
Brooks is now in the World Trophy quarter-finals for the second time, after losing out at this stage in 2015 to Deta Hedman, who she faces next.
That bring us onto the world number one’s match-up, and the Dark Destroyer’s deadly display over fellow veteran Paula Jacklin puts her on the path of reaching her second successive World Trophy final.
Hedman won 4-2, and will fancy her chances against Brooks, who she’s dominated over the years.
Former World Championship finalist in 2015 Fallon Sherrock, who is still only 22, kicked off her match with Aussie Corrine Hammond in strange fashion – recording three, followed by 180 from her first six darts.
But Hammond, herself a runner-up at the Worlds last year, managed to break immediately and doubled her lead with a fantastic 116 checkout.
The 5th seed looked comfortable in her eventual 4-0 whitewashing.
Eight-time Major champion Anastasia Dobromyslova looked lacklustre at times in her 4-2 triumph over Sue Edwards, but did just enough to set up a meeting with Hammond.
The Russian is still on course for her second World Trophy crown, after winning in 2014.
Scott Waites 3-6 James Hurrell
Wesley Harms 6-2 Yuya Higuchi
Richard Veenstra 3-6 Andy Fordham
Glen Durrant 6-5 Brian Dawson
Geert de Vos 3-6 Peter Machin
Scott Mitchell 6-5 Umit Uygunsozlu
Martin Adams 6-5 Cameron Menzies
Dean Reynolds Jim Williams
Sharon Prins 2-4 Rachel Brooks
Deta Hedman 4-2 Paula Jacklin
Corrine Hammond 4-0 Fallon Sherrock
Anastasia Dobromyslova 4-2 Sue Edwards