BDO World Championship 2019 Day Five preview and order of play - Quarter-Final places on the line at Lakeside

Jamie Shaw in BDO Darts News 9 Jan 2019
Unterbuchner salutes the crowd at the Grand Slam (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The 2019 BDO World Championship enters its Second Round stage on Wednesday as a clutch of potential contenders aim to keep their Lakeside title dream alive.

The top six seeds have safely made it through the opening round of the men's competition, with six of the top 16 suffering an early exit at Frimley Green.

Mark McGeeney, the number one seed and last year's beaten finalist, steps up his quest to go one better when he faces Conan Whitehead in the evening session.

McGeeney, who squandered two match darts to take the title 12 months ago, marked his return with a comfortable 3-1 win over Derk Telnekes in Round One and now meets the unseeded Whitehead.

Finder Masters quarter-finalist Whitehead is appearing in the Last 16 for the second consecutive year, having edged out veteran Martin Phillips in a deciding set earlier in the week.

Scott Waites, one of only three players in this year's field to have lifted this trophy, continues his hunt for a third Lakeside crown with a show-down against rapid Dutchman Richard Veenstra.

Waites, the 2013 and 2016 champion, overcame a bout of double trouble to defeat Belgium's Jeffrey Van Egdom 3-1 but will be braced for an even tougher test against the number eight seed.

Veenstra is bidding to equal his run to the Semi-Finals on debut in 2016, having also reached the Quarter-Finals last time out, and will be battle-hardened after coming through a tense last-set tussle against Nigel Heydon in Round One.

Germany's Michael Unterbuchner, semi-finalist on his debut last year, faces a tricky test against Welsh veteran Wayne Warren in the afternoon session.

Unterbucher, quarter-finalist in November's Grand Slam, edged out Australia's Justin Thompson in a nervy deciding set and now faces the heavy-scoring 56-year-old - who made it to the Last Eight in 2018.

A tasty all-Welsh encounter sees number three seed Jim Williams up against Dean Reynolds as two of the BDO's brightest natural talents collide.

Williams, a semi-finalist at the World Masters and World Trophy in 2018, averaged 92.2 in a 3-2 win over Belgium's Roger Janssen in Round One and is out to banish the demons of last year's Quarter-Final agony - which saw him squander a 4-1 lead in a 5-4 defeat to Glen Durrant.

Cardiff's Reynolds, 26, defeated England's Daniel Day 3-1 in his opener and is vying to progress beyond the Second Round stage of the BDO's show-piece event for the first time.

The opening tie of the day sees Dutch duo Wesley Harms and Willem Mandigers go head-to-head.

Fourth seed Harms, semi-finalist here in 2012 an 2013, held his nerve to deny crowd favourite Tony O'Shea in a last-set decider and will be eyeing a marked improvement against his capable compatriot.

Mandigers made light work of the highly-rated Paul Hogan with a commanding straight sets triumph and will be quietly confident of breaking new ground at Lakeside as he bids to reach the Last Eight for the first time.

The final Ladies' First Round tie sees legendary ten-time World Champion Trina Gulliver take on Polish newcomer Karolina Podgórska - who won through the play-off qualifier to secure her debut.

The action gets underway from 1pm GMT, with men's Second Round matches to be contested over the best of seven sets and women's First Round ties best of three sets. All sets are the best of five legs.

BDO World Championship 2019 Schedule


Wednesday January 9

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1pm-4pm)
Wesley Harms v Willem Mandigers
Trina Gulliver v Karolina Podgorska (RD1)
Michael Unterbuchner v Wayne Warren

Evening Session (7pm-10pm)
Mark McGeeney v Conan Whitehead
Jim Williams v Dean Reynolds
Richard Veenstra v Scott Waites


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