BDO World Championship 2019 Day Two preview and order of play - Big names out to avoid early exit

Jamie Shaw in BDO Darts News 6 Jan 2019
Adam Smith-Neale reacts (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

A clutch of ranking title holders aim to get their 2019 BDO World Championship campaigns off to a strong start at Lakeside on Sunday.

The opening day produced a number of dramatic ties, none more so than Mikuru Suzuki's shock straight sets scalp of reigning and four-time ladies' World Champion Lisa Ashton.

Crowd favourites Tony O'Shea, Wes Newton and Martin Phillips were among those to crash out, while top seed Mark McGeeney safely made it through to the Last 16.

Nigel Heydon, one of a host of debutants at Lakeside this year, pulled off a magnificent fightback from two sets down to edge out USA's Jim Widmayer in a decider, and 'The Undertaker' now faces rapid-firing Dutchman Richard Veenstra in Round One.

Veenstra enjoyed a superb run to the Semi-Finals on his debut in 2016 and was a quarter-finalist 12 months ago, while having picked up three ranking titles in 2018.

Scott Waites, the 2013 and 2016 Lakeside Champion, kicks off his quest for a third crown with a clash against Belgium's Jeffrey Van Egdom.

Waites, a former Grand Slam champion, returns to Lakeside as the number nine seed and will be out to go one better than his run to the Semi-Finals last time out.

Van Egdom is one of two Belgian representatives in this year's line-up, and the BDO number 23 will be eyeing a major scalp on his first appearance on his iconic stage. 

The afternoon session also features a Preliminary Round tie between Denmark's Brian Lokken and Poland's Krzysztof Kciuk as they battle it out for the right to face Dave Parletti in Round One.

Lokken, who featured in last year's PDC Danish Open, won the 2017 Gibraltar Open and qualified for his Lakeside debut as the Baltic/Scandinavian qualifier.

Kciuk has twice featured in the PDC World Cup of Darts and also qualified for the 2010 PDC World Championship - where he lost to Haruki Muramatsu in the Preliminary Round.

Three-time world finalist Deta Hedman launches her latest quest for an elusive maiden world title when she takes on Maria O'Brien in a finely-poised contest.

Hedman, 59, is appearing in her tenth World Championship and was a semi-finalist 12 months ago before going on to win five women's titles in 2018 and reach a host of other finals.

O'Brien, World Masters semi-finalist in 2016, lost to Sharon Prins on her Lakeside debut last year but returns in fine fettle, having reached the final of the women's qualifier for the PDC World Championship in November before losing out to Lisa Ashton.

The evening session features an intriguing Preliminary Round tie between reigning World Masters champion Adam Smith-Neale and New Zealand's Mark McGrath as they vie to face defending champion Glen Durrant.

Smith-Neale claimed a shock triumph at the World Masters last October as an 80/1 outsider and went on to make his debut in the Grand Slam, but his fortunes took a huge turn for the worst after he suffered a broken leg in a freak accident in late November.

The 25-year-old has undergone surgery and was recently back on his feet, but it remains unclear as to how he will fare up on the big stage.

McGrath was beaten in straight sets by Scott Mitchell on his Lakeside debut in 2017 but underlined his talent by defeating Michael Smith 6-4 in last summer's Auckland Darts Masters.

Wayne Warren looks to pick up from where he left off last year when he takes on Welshman compatriot Mark Layton in a clash of the oche veterans.

Warren, 56, was a quarter-finalist 12 months ago and matched that run in the World Masters, climbing to 12th in the BDO ranking table.

Layton, a four-time UK Open qualifier, won the 2017 Malta Open and is making his Lakeside debut as the oldest player in the competition at 61. 

Belgium's Roger Janssen kicks off only his second Lakeside campaign with a Preliminary Round show-down against Wouter Vaes of the Netherlands as they face off for the right to take on third seed Jim Williams.

Fallon Sherrock, the 2015 women's runner-up, looks to kick-start a potential route to glory by overcoming Australia's Corrine Hammond in a wide open bottom section of the draw.

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

Sunday January 6

Round One

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Scott Waites v Jeffrey Van Egdom
Brian Lokken v Krzysztof Kciuk (P)
Deta Hedman v Maria O'Brien
Richard Veenstra v Nigel Heydon

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Roger Janssen v Wouter Vaes (P)
Fallon Sherrock v Corrine Hammond
Mark McGrath v Adam Smith-Neale (P)
Wayne Warren v Mark Layton

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