The format and stakes increase on day five of the 2015 BDO World Championship as the second round action gets underway at the Lakeside.
Six seeds have already bowed out of the competition at the first hurdle, with the race to claim the £100,000 top prize on Sunday appearing more wide open than ever before.
Another marathon day of darts in Frimley Green features a further two sessions, with the opening round of the ladies event notably drawing to a close in the afternoon session.
The pick of the day’s ties sees last year’s beaten finalist and new tournament favourite Alan Norris up against veteran Darryl Fitton to raise the curtain on the last 16.
Norris, the number two seed, survived a scare in his first round clash after coming through a last-set decider in overcoming Sweden’s Daniel Larsson and knows he must raise his game against the evergreen Fitton in a minefield quarter of the draw.
52-year-old Fitton is appearing in round two for only the second time in his last six Lakeside campaigns following an impressive straight sets win over Hartlepool’s Paul Jennings earlier in the week.
The Dazzler has continued the resurgent form which led him to the German Open title in 2014 and will be out to eclipse his two previous Semi-Final appearances in this event back in 2005 and 2009.
Robbie Green continues his Lakeside curtain call with a clash against charismatic Swede Peter Sajwani in another fascinating fixture.
Green announced prior to the tournament that he would be leaving the BDO ranks to join the PDC following this event, and ‘Kong’ will be determined to end this chapter of his career on a high.
Kong ready to roar (BBC)
The Wirral ace came through a tough test from Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas on Tuesday afternoon and is looking to kick on from his 91 average – which could have been somewhat higher had it not been for a flurry of missed doubles.
Sajwani, meanwhile, has captured the imagination of the darting public after defeating youngster Sam Head 3-0 in the Preliminary Round, before dumping out top seed James Wilson 3-1 in the first round proper.
The 37-year-old debutant appears a natural in front of the television cameras and also possesses a dangerous all-round game which he hopes will enable him to continue his dream giant-killing run this afternoon.
The opening round of the women’s event culminates in a clash between Holland’s number three seed Aileen de Graaf and England’s Paula Jacklin.
The evening session notably features the return of three-time champion and BDO stalwart Martin Adams taking on the USA’s Jim Widmayer.
Adams recorded a 94 average in his first round victory over Jan Dekker to mark the start of his 23rd Lakeside campaign in style, and ‘Wolfie’ looks to power past the American qualifier in a bid to keep his latest title pursuit firmly on track.
Hungry like the wolf: Martin Adams (Getty Images)
Widmayer, who lost out to eventual champion Stephen Bunting on debut 12 months ago, battled through the Preliminary Round before dispatching Holland’s Rick Hofstra 3-1 to continue his fine progress.
Scott Mitchell aims to continue his fine season by overcoming Belgium’s Geert de Vos to reach his first ever Lakeside Quarter-Final.
Fourth seed Mitchell, winner of seven BDO titles in 2014, edged out crowd favourite Tony O’Shea in a tie break thriller in round one and undoubtedly has both the form and confidence capable of carrying him far this week.
De Vos is appearing in round two for the fourth consecutive year after putting paid to the hopes of 13th seed Remco van Eijden in his opening salvo and will be quietly confident of pulling off another scalp here.
Latvia’s Madars Razma recorded one of the shocks of the tournament so far as he thrashed reigning Winmau World Masters champion Martin Phillips 3-0, and the 26-year-old looks to repeat the dose on Yorkshireman Brian Dawson.
Dawson marked his Lakeside debut with a comfortable 3-0 triumph over Dutchman Jeffrey de Graaf and will envisage this as a golden opportunity to embark on a strong run in the BDO’s show-piece.
All men’s second round matches are to be contested over the best of seven sets (best of five legs per set) and women’s matches best of three sets.
BDO Lakeside Championship match schedule
Wednesday January 7
1.00pm Darryl Fitton v Alan Norris
2.30pm Aileen De Graaf v Paula Jacklin (ladies)
3.30pm Robbie Green v Peter Sajwani
6.00pm Brian Dawson v Madars Razma
7.30pm Jim Widmayer v Martin Adams
9.00pm Geert de Vos v Scott Mitchell