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BDO World Championship 2018 Day Seven preview and order of play: Semi-Final spots up for grabs

Jamie Shaw in BDO Darts News 12 Jan 2018
Huddersfield ace Waites celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The 2018 BDO World Championship reaches crunch time at Lakeside on Friday as the Men's Quarter-Finals and Women's Semi-Finals take place over two unmissable sessions.

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Just as there were at Ally Pally, there have been upsets galore in this year's BDO show-piece, with just two of the top eight seeds left standing in the men's draw.

Among those, however, is number one seed and defending champion Glen Durrant - who is aiming to join an elite group of only three players ever to have successfully retained this title.

Durrant is braced for a tough Quarter-Final clash in more ways than one as he takes on his close friend Jim Williams in what could prove a life-changing match for both players.

By his own admission, victory for 'Duzza' today would all but end his dream of competing in the PDC ranks given the contractual ties which prevent him from entering Qualifying School if he were to reach the Semi-Finals at Lakeside.

The proud Teessider has expressed his desire to ply his trade among the sport's elite in the PDC but revealed earlier in the week that would remain a BDO player for the rest of his career if he made the Last Four at Frimley Green.

Williams, meanwhile, is appearing at this stage of the competition for the first time, having battled through successive last-set deciders against Dennis Nilsson and Conan Whitehead.

The Welshman, runner-up in the recent Finder Masters, will be desperate to extend his ground-breaking run at the expense of his good friend and blow the draw wide open in the process.

Two-time Lakeside Champion Scott Waites looks to progress to his third Lakeside Semi-Final by ending the hopes of impressive Belgian newcomer Andy Baetens.

Waites, winner in 2013 and 2016, has dispatched Ross Montgomery and Dean Reynolds en route to this stage and will be braced for another tough test this afternoon.

Baetens, the number 13 seed, edged out Scott Baker in a high quality opener before claiming the scalp of 2015 champion Scott Mitchell in the Second Round.

The first Quarter-Final of the evening session sees rapid Dutchman Richard Veenstra up against German underdog Michael Unterbuchner.

Veenstra is bidding to equal his run to the Semis on debut here two years ago, having edged past Kyle McKinstry 3-2 before whitewashing Geert de Vos 4-0 on Thursday evening.

Preliminary Round qualifier Unterbuchner has already broken new ground as the first German ever to surpass the First Round at Lakeside, and the 29-year-old will be brimming with confidence after wins over David Cameron, Jamie Hughes and Martin Phillips.

Number two seed Mark McGeeney aims to build on his superb Second Round showing when he takes on Welsh veteran Wayne Warren.

McGeeney averaged 92 in brushing aside last year's beaten finalist Danny Noppert 4-1 to follow on from a nail-biting First Round defeat of three-time champion Martin Adams in a deciding set.

Warren, 55, had failed to win a game in two previous visits to Lakeside, but now finds himself in the latter stages on the back of victories over Dutch duo Wesley Harms and Willem Mandigers.

The opening Ladies' Semi-Final sees two of the most successful players in the history of the women's game lock horns as Anastasia Dobromyslova meets Trina Gulliver.

A re-run of the 2008 final sees Russia's Dobromyslova out to remain on course for a fourth world crown by denying the legendary 48-year-old - who is targeting an unprecedented eleventh Lakeside title.

Reigning and three-time champion Lisa Ashton then goes head-to-head with top seed Deta Hedman in the evening session.

Ashton has won this title in three of her last four visits to Lakeside but has been below her brilliant best so far this week and will be keen to go through the gears against the three-time finalist and arguably the greatest player yet to claim the women's world title.

The action gets underway from 12.30pm GMT at the Lakeside in Frimley Green, with all men's matches to be contested over the best of nine sets and women's ties best of three. All sets are the best of five legs.

Any match which goes to a deciding set must be won by two clear legs. If the score in the final set reaches 5-5, a sudden-death leg will be played.

BDO World Championship 2018 Schedule

Friday January 12

Afternoon Session (12.30pm-4.30pm)

Scott Waites v Andy Baetens

Ladies Semi-Final 1
Anastasia Dobromyslova v Trina Gulliver

Glen Durrant v Jim Williams

Evening Session (7pm-10.30pm)

Ladies Semi-Final 2
Lisa Ashton v Deta Hedman

Richard Veenstra v Michael Unterbuchner

Mark McGeeney v Wayne Warren

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BDO World Championship 2018 Day Seven preview and order of play: Semi-Final spots up for grabs

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