A general view of the 2019 World Championship stageset (credit:Steven Paston/PA Images)
The draw for the 2020 BDO World Championship has been made, with Leighton Bennett marking his debut with a crunch clash against Scott Mitchell in Round One.
The 42nd staging of the BDO World Championship will take place from January 4-12 at Indigo at The O2 Arena in London for the first time after the BDO announced it was to leave Lakeside after 33 years.
The men’s tournament will feature 40 players competing for the BDO’s show-piece silverware and 16 women battling it out for the most prestigious prize in the ladies game.
Glen Durrant claimed the men’s title in 2019 by defeating Scott Waites 7-3 in the final but will not be on-hand to defend his title after joining the PDC just weeks later.
Japan’s Mikuru Suzuki made history by becoming the first Asian player to win the ladies title when she defeated Lorraine Winstanley in straight sets.
The stand-out tie in the men’s draw sees 2015 Lakeside Champion Mitchell take on 13-year-old reigning BDO Youth Champion Bennett – making his eagerly-anticipated debut in the senior competition.
Scott Waites, the 2013 and 2016 champion, has been drawn to face three-time champion Martin Adams – the oldest player in the field at 63.
World Trophy winner Jim Williams starts out against Scotland’s Gary Stone, while number one seed Wesley Harms awaits the winner of the Preliminary Round tie between World Masters champion John O’Shea and Andreas Harrysson.
Suzuki will begin the defence of her world title with a clash against Plymouth’s Maria O’Brien in a repeat of their Semi-Final clash at Lakeside, while number one seed and four-time World Champion Lisa Ashton plays Paula Jacklin.
Three-time champion Anastasia Dobromyslova meets Sharon Prins, as 15-year-old sensation Beau Greaves makes her debut against ten-time champion Trina Gulliver MBE.
Men’s BDO World Championship 2020 Draw
Justin Thompson v Scott Williams
Andreas Harrysson v John O’Shea
Paul Hogan v Brian Raman
David Cameron v Nick Fullwell
Gabriel Pascaru v Justin Hood
Darren Herewini v Simon Stainton
Joe Chaney v Ben Hazel
Thibault Tricole v Ross Montgomery
Wesley Harms (1) v Harrysson/O’Shea
Scott Waites (16) v Martin Adams
Willem Mandigers (8) v Michael Unterbuchner
Scott Mitchell (9) v Leighton Bennett
Wayne Warren (5) v Thompson/Williams
Andy Hamilton (12) v Herewini/Stainton
Dave Parletti (4) v Chris Landman
Gary Robson (13) v Chaney/Hazel
Jim Williams (2) v Gary Stone
Ryan Hogarth (15) v Tricole/Montgomery
Martijn Kleermaker (7) v Gino Vos
Adam Smith-Neale (10) v Hogan/Raman
Nick Kenny (6) v Dennie Olde Kalte
Mario Vandenbogaerde (11) v Sebastian Steyer
Richard Veenstra (3) v Pascaru/Hood
David Evans (14) v Cameron/Fullwell
Ladies World Championship 2020 Draw
Lisa Ashton (1) v Paula Jacklin
Lorraine Winstanley (8) v Casey Gallagher
Fallon Sherrock (4) v Corrine Hammond
Deta Hedman (5) v Laura Turner
Mikuru Suzuki (2) v Maria O’Brien
Anastasia Dobromyslova (7) v Sharon Prins
Aileen de Graaf (3) v Kirsty Hutchinson
Beau Greaves (6) v Trina Gulliver MBE
Youth World Championship Final
Leighton Bennett v Keane Barry