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BDO World Championship 2017 Day Four preview and order of play: Waites begins title defence

Jamie Shaw in BDO Darts News 9 Jan 2017
Scott Waites of England celebrates (credit: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Scott Waites launches his latest BDO world title defence while a clutch of other dangerous darters take to the stage as the opening round draws to close at Lakeside on Tuesday.

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Waites, the reigning and two-time Lakeside king, aims to avert a potential banana skin at the hands of veteran Dennis Harbour in the last chapter of another marathon day of darts.

Seeded number six, 'Scotty Too Hotty' has had a low-key season since regaining this trophy 12 months ago, notably winning the European Classic but suffering a Group Stage exit in last November's Grand Slam.

Harbour, 55, overcame New Zealand's Craig Caldwell in the Preliminary Round on Monday and is appearing in his fourth Lakeside Championship, having defeated a young James Wade on debut here back in 2003.

Elsewhere, Dutch ace Danny Noppert makes his eagerly-anticipated Lakeside debut against Canada's David Cameron in the opening tie of the afternoon session.

The highly-rated 25-year-old was a semi-finalist on home soil in the 2015 Zuiderduin Masters but has found the winning formula this year, going on to pick up five titles including the Scottish Open and German Open.

Some outstanding finishing led Noppert to the Last 16 of the 2016 Grand Slam, in which he defeated Mensur Suljovic and Nathan Aspinall in finishing runner-up in his group before taking Gary Anderson all the way to a deciding leg in the knock-out phase.

Cameron ended a run of three consecutive Preliminary Round defeats with a 3-1 win over Holland's Jimmy Hendriks on Monday but knows he will be required to raise his game if he is to live with the consistency of the second seed.

Noppert's fellow countryman Richard Veenstra, a semi-finalist on this stage a year ago, aims to recapture the magic when he takes on experienced Scotsman Ross Montgomery - the BDO number 18.

Another dangerous Dutchman - Wesley Harms - faces a tricky opening test against Polish qualifier Krzysztof Ratajski - who battled his way past Willem Mandigers in a last-set decider in the Preliminary Round.

World Masters runner-up Mark McGeeney aims to continue his impressive recent form when he takes on Banbury's James Hurrell, while Lithuania's Darius Labanauskas hosts debutant Conan Whitehead - a bricklayer by trade.

Anastasia Dobromyslova kicks off her bid for a fourth Ladies Lakeside title and a first since 2013 when she meets Rhian Griffiths of Wales.

Number one seed Deta Hedman, a three-time Lakeside runner-up, aims to utilise her vast experience against emerging star Casey Gallagher.

The action gets underway from 12.30pm GMT, with all men's matches to be contested over the best of five sets (best of five legs per set) and ladies matches best of three sets. 

BDO Lakeside Championship 2017 match schedule

Tuesday January 10

Round One

12.30pm Danny Noppert v David Cameron
1.45pm Richard Veenstra v Ross Montgomery
3pm Deta Hedman v Casey Gallagher
3.30pm Wesley Harms v Krzysztof Ratajski

7pm Mark McGeeney v James Hurrell
8.15pm Anastasia Dobromyslova v Rhian Griffiths
8.45pm Darius Labanauskas v Conan Whitehead
10pm Scott Waites v Dennis Harbour


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