BDO World Championship 2019 Day One preview and order of play - Ashton and Newton star on opening day at Lakeside

Jamie Shaw in BDO Darts News 5 Jan 2019
Wes Newton makes his Lakeside debut (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The 42nd staging of darts' original World Championship sees the BDO's big names battle it out across nine days of action, with both men's and women's world titles up for grabs.

The opening afternoon session sees defending ladies champion Lisa Ashton begin her quest for a fourth world title with a clash against Japanese star Mikuru Suzuki.

Ashton defeated Anastasia Dobromyslova 3-1 in last year's final with a record 89.8 average to become the second most successful player in the history of women's darts, behind Trina Gulliver.
 
The Lancashire Rose, who also claimed the 2018 World Masters title, made her debut in the recent PDC World Championship - where she took the first set against Jan Dekker with a 107 average before eventually going down 3-1.

Soft-tip star Suzuki is making her Lakeside debut after winning through the play-off qualifier and is a back-to-back World Masters quarter-finalist.

The pick of the men's ties comes in the Preliminary Round as veteran Paul Hogan takes on former Premier League Darts star Wes Newton.

Newton is making his debut at Lakeside after switching from the PDC - where he spent the first 16 years of his career, reaching three World Championship Quarter-Finals and finishing runner-up in the 2011 UK Open and 2012 European Championship.

Newton is counting his blessings to be involved in this tournament after being handed a reserve spot via the ranking list following the announcement of no Asian qualifying tournament taking place.

Hogan, meanwhile, qualified via the regional tables and is making his ninth appearance at Lakeside, the first of which coming back in 1995.

The 55-year-old, who had match darts to knock out eventual champion Glen Durrant in 2017, is notorious for producing his best darts in the PDC UK Open - where he has reached at least Round Four in four of his last five outings.

Mark McGeeney aims to go one better than his runner-up spot 12 months ago, and he opens up with a tricky clash against Dutchman Derk Telnekes.

McGeeney, seeded number one, was edged out by Durrant in a last-set thriller 12 months ago, squandering two darts for the title, and will be determined to make amends at the first time of asking.

Telnekes was beaten by Geert de Vos on his debut here 12 months ago and returns as the BDO number 19, having reached the final of the German Open and England Open in 2018.

Lakeside stalwart Tony O'Shea marks the start of his 17th campaign with a tough test against Wesley Harms in Round One.

O'Shea, runner-up in 2009, 2012 and 2013, missed last year's World Championship for the first time since making his debut in 2002, winning the 2017 Turkish Open, while also reaching a Semi-Final on the PDC Challenge Tour last year.

Harms, the number four seed, reached the Semi-Finals at Lakeside in 2012 and 2013, while also progressing from his group in November's Grand Slam before losing heavily to Gary Anderson.

Jim Widmayer, the USA's sole representative in this year's Lakeside Championship, opens up against play-off qualifier Nigel Heydon in the Preliminary Round, with Heydon having featured in two previous PDC World Championships.

A finely-poised First Round tie sees Welsh stalwart Martin Phillips, the oldest player in the field at 58, take on Conan Whitehead - a quarter-finalist in the recent Finder Masters.

An all-Aussie show-down sees BDO number 26 Justin Thompson take on Perth debutant Mal Cumming in the Preliminary Round, with a tie against Germany's Michael Unterbuchner up for grabs.

The evening's women's tie sees Sharon Prins of the Netherlands, semi-finalist in 2013 and 2015, take on English debutant Roz Bulmer.

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


BDO World Championship 2019 Schedule


(P) = Preliminary Round

Saturday January 5

Round One

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Mark McGeeney v Derk Telnekes
Jim Widmayer v Nigel Heydon (P)
Lisa Ashton v Mikuru Suzuki
Martin Phillips v Conan Whitehead

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Paul Hogan v Wes Newton (P)
Sharon Prins v Roz Bulmer
Mal Cuming v Justin Thompson (P)
Wesley Harms v Tony O'Shea


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