BDO World Championship 2019 Day Eight preview and order of play - Final four face off at Lakeside

Jamie Shaw in BDO Darts News 12 Jan 2019
Defending champion Durrant celebrates (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

The final four in the men's BDO World Championship aim to keep their title dream alive at Lakeside on Saturday, while a new women's champion will be crowned.

The cream has risen to the top in the BDO's blue riband event, with three of the top five seeds and a two-time champion comprising the Semi-Final line-up.

Glen Durrant has history in his sights as he bids to become the first player since Eric Bristow 33 years ago to win three consecutive BDO world titles.

Durrant has continued his incredible dominance on the Lakeside stage, stretching his unbeaten run to 13 games with a tournament average of 96.

A winner of six BDO titles in 2018, 'Duzza' is eyeing a fairy-tale farewell in what is likely to be his final Lakeside campaign as he prepares to launch his PDC career at Qualifying School next week.

Standing in the way of Durrant and a third consecutive world final is his close friend Jim Williams as they prepare to become enemies on stage for the second year running.

The match signals a repeat of last year's Quarter-Final, in which Williams squandered a 4-1 lead in an agonising 5-4 defeat before Durrant went on to retain the trophy.

Williams, the number three seed, is appearing in his first Lakeside Semi-Final at the fifth attempt and will have revenge on his mind as he aims to tear up the script and bring Duzza's dominance to an end.

The Welshman has a tournament average of 92.45 and has matched Durrant's tally of 22 maximums so far this week, dropping just four sets en route to the Last Four compared to the Teessider's five.

The opening Semi-Final, contested in the afternoon session, sees Scott Waites looking to move a step closer to a third Lakeside crown by denying German ace Michael Unterbuchner.

Waites, the 2013 and 2016 champion, has continued his fine record at Lakeside and finds himself in a fourth Semi-Final in six years, having safely seen off Jeffrey Van Egdom, Richard Veenstra and Conan Whitehead.

The former Grand Slam champion is aiming to join an elite group of only four players to have won three or more BDO world titles, but faces a tough test against the unflappable German.

Unterbuchner has made it through to back-to-back Semi-Finals at Lakeside in as many appearances and will be determined to go a step further and become the first German player to reach a World Championship final.

The 30-year-old, a quarter-finalist in November's Grand Slam, has defeated Justin Thompson, Wayne Warren and Willem Mandigers en route to the Last Four - notably coming from 3-1 down to win 5-4 in the latter.

The first match of the afternoon sees Lorraine Winstanley and Mikuru Suzuki battle it out for the right to become the latest new name on the women's World Championship trophy.

Both players are appearing in their first world final, with top seed Winstanley the marginal favourite in what promises to be a close-run final against the Japanese debutant.

Winstanley, wife of Dean who reached the men's world final in 2011, began her run with a last-set win over Casey Gallagher, before defeating ten-time champion Trina Gulliver in straight sets and three-time champion Anastasia Dobromylova in another decider.

Suzuki has taken the tournament by storm and is aiming to become the first qualifier ever to lift the title since the women's competition was introduced in 2001.

A star of the soft-tip circuit in Asia, Suzuki has made a seamless transition to the traditional form of the game and followed up her superb win over reigning champion Lisa Ashton with further straight sets victories over Sharon Prins and Maria O'Brien.

The action gets underway from 2.30pm GMT, with men's Semi-Finals to be contested over the best of 11 sets and the women's final best of five sets. All sets are the best of five legs.


BDO World Championship 2019 Schedule


Saturday January 12

Afternoon Session

Women's Final (2.30pm)
Mikuru Suzuki v Lorraine Winstanley

Men's Semi-Final (3.30pm)
Scott Waites v Michael Unterbuchner

Evening Session

Men's Semi-Final (6.45pm)
Glen Durrant v Jim Williams


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