Neil Duff and Beau Greaves were crowned inaugural WDF World Champions at Lakeside on Sunday courtesy of victories over Thibault Tricole and Kirsty Hutchinson in the Men’s and Women’s finals respectively.
An historic evening at Frimley Green saw Duff become Northern Ireland’s first ever World Darts Champion, while 18-year-old Greaves became the youngest winner of a world title at senior level.
Duff, who had pulled off a remarkable recovery from three sets down against Jim McEwan in the Quarter-Finals, held his nerve to edge out France’s Tricole by six sets to five to land the £50,000 title.
Tricole had opened up a 3-1 advantage, but the 49-year-old hit back with three sets on the spin, and though the number two seed recovered to force a decider, it was Duff who fell over the line to etch his name into the darting history books.
Tricole was bidding to become the first Frenchman to win a major televised darts tournament, having survived multiple match darts during two of his wins en route to the final.
The pivotal moment in the contest came in set nine as Duff overturned a 2-0 deficit to snatch it in a decider with a 111 checkout along the way.
Duff ended with an average of 87.7 to Tricole’s 87 and landed six maximums to his opponent’s five in a nip and tuck encounter.
Greaves, meanwhile, produced an emphatic performance to whitewash Kirsty Hutchinson 4-0 and become the first name on the new WDF Women’s World Championship trophy.
The Doncaster teenager had dropped just three legs in her Quarter-Final and Semi-Final victories and she started the final in similar fashion, winning the first set 3-0 with an average of just over 104.
Hutchinson got a leg on the board by holding throw to start the second set, but that was as good as it got for the 31-year-old, as Greaves reeled off nine consecutive legs to seal a straight-sets rout.
Greaves’ match average of 92.02 stands as the best in tournament final history and the third-best in the history of the Women’s World Championship.
She collects a winners cheque of £25,000 – the highest ever received in a women’s televised darts tournament.
Eleanor Cairns kicked off Finals Day at Lakeside by defeating Germany’s Wibke Riemann 2-0 to win the inaugural WDF Girls World Championship.
Dutch ace Bradly Roes then defeated England’s Charlie Large 3-1 to add the WDF Boys world title to his 2021 JDC World Championship triumph at Ally Pally.
Sunday April 10
FINAL – Girls: Eleanor Cairns (Eng) 2-0 Wibke Riemann (Ger)
FINAL – Boys: Bradly Roes 3-1 Charlie Large
FINAL – Women: Kirsty Hutchinson 0-4 Beau Greaves
FINAL – Men: Neil Duff 6-5 Thibault Tricole
A quartet of new World Champions will be crowned at Lakeside on Sunday as the 2022 WDF World Championship draws to a close.
The inaugural event, which has marked the return to the sport’s spiritual home this week, has provided both quality and drama and is set for a gripping conclusion.
All four finalists in both the Men’s and Women’s events are appearing in their first televised final and are competing for top prizes of £50,000 and £25,000 respectively, as well as a place in the history books.
The evening’s action kicks off with the Girls final between England’s Eleanor Cairns and Germany’s Wibke Riemann with a top prize of £2,000 up for grabs.
That will be followed by the Boys final between Bradly Roes of the Netherlands and England’s Charlie Large as they compete for a £5,000 winner’s cheque.
Large defeated former BDO World Youth champion Leighton Bennett 2-1 in Saturday’s Semi-Finals, while Roes – the reigning JDC World Champion – saw off Germany’s Luis Liptow in straight sets.
The Women’s World Championship final sees fifth seed Beau Greaves take on sixth seed Kirsty Hutchinson for a record £25,000 top prize.
Greaves, 18, is bidding to become the youngest ever winner of the Women’s World Championship for what would be her first major title.
The teenage sensation, who picked up three titles at the recent Isle of Man Darts Festival, has dropped just one set en route to the final, defeating Hungary’s Veronika Ihász before sweeping aside Aileen de Graaf and Lorraine Winstanley 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.
Hutchinson, who is also appeared in only her second World Championship, has produced the form which led her to the 2021 Welsh Open title.
The 31-year-old began her run by defeating Jo Clements 2-0, before edging out Priscilla Steenbergen 2-1 and in-form Rhian O’Sullivan 3-2 to keep her title dream alive.
The Men’s final then follows to round off the week’s action as Northern Ireland’s Neil Duff and France’s Thibault Tricole go head-to-head for glory.
Both players have endured rollercoaster runs to the final, with last-set deciders and comebacks aplenty, and are now set for the biggest match of their respective careers so far.
Tricole, the number two seed, has survived a total of eight match darts against him, six of which coming against Shawn Burt in the Second Round and a further two against seventh seed Andy Baetens in the Quarter-Finals.
He has also seen off Steve Hine 3-1 and most recently PDC Tour Card holder Cameron Menzies 5-4 in the Semi-Finals – a match which featured over 100 missed darts at doubles.
Duff, meanwhile, made a bold prediction before even throwing a dart this week that he would win the title, and he has backed it up emphatically so far.
The 49-year-old began by thrashing Australia’s Justin Thompson 3-0 and dispatched Nick Fullwell 3-1, before staging a sensational comeback from three sets down to edge out Jim McEwan 4-3 in the Quarter-Finals.
Duff then powered past record-breaker Richard Veenstra 5-2 in the Last Four and has registered two of the top nine averages of the tournament.
The action gets under way from 5pm BST, with the Men’s final to be contested over the best of 11 sets, Women’s final best of seven sets, Boys final best of five sets and Girls final best of three sets. All sets are best of five legs.
Sunday April 10
FINAL – Girls: Eleanor Cairns v Wibke Riemann
FINAL – Boys: Bradly Roes v Charlie Large
FINAL – Women: Kirsty Hutchinson v Beau Greaves
FINAL – Men: Neil Duff v Thibault Tricole
The inaugural WDF World Championship enters the Semi-Final stage at Lakeside on Saturday with Men’s, Women’s and Youth action across two sessions.
First-time World Champions are already guaranteed to be crowned in both the Men’s and Women’s competitions, and the remaining hopefuls will be out to keep their title dreams alive at ‘the home of World Darts.’
The afternoon session plays host to the opening Women’s Semi-Final as surprise package Rhian O’Sullivan faces sixth seed Kirsty Hutchinson.
Welsh ace O’Sullivan is the only unseeded player left standing in the either the Men’s or Women’s competition and has been arguably the most impressive lady of the tournament so far.
O’Sullivan averaged 89 in her straight sets win over Maria O’Brien in the Quarter-Finals, having already seen off Paula Jacklin and second seed Corrine Hammond.
Hutchinson is also appearing in her first World Championship Semi-Final courtesy of wins over Jo Clemens and Priscilla Steenbergen but knows she must improve on her tournament average of 69 against her in-form opponent.
The afternoon’s action also features both Semi-Finals in the Boys competition, kicking off with a tie between Germany’s Luis Liptow and Bradly Roes of the Netherlands – the reigning JDC World Champion.
Leighton Bennett, the 2019 BDO World Youth Champion who has experience of competing on the PDC ProTour this season, then takes on fellow Englishman Charlie Large.
The second Women’s Semi-Final sees odds-on tournament favourite Beau Greaves take on 2019 world finalist Lorraine Winstanley.
18-year-old sensation Greaves defied a bout of illness to sweep aside Aileen de Graaf in straight sets on Friday for a place in a second World Championship Semi-Final in as many appearances.
Winstanley, meanwhile, is through to this stage for the third time, having overcome Vicky Pruim and Tori Kewish along the way.
The opening Men’s Semi-Final sees man of the moment Richard Veenstra take on comeback king Neil Duff.
Veenstra hit the headlines by registering the highest average in Lakeside history (104.91) in his 3-0 thrashing of 15-year-old Luke Littler, before missing double 12 for a nine-darter during his 4-2 win over top seed Brian Raman.
Duff, the number five seed, looked down and out at 3-0 down to Jim McEwan on Friday afternoon, but pulled off a remarkable comeback to snatch a 4-3 victory with a 94.3 average for a place in his first televised Semi-Final.
PDC Tour Card holder Cameron Menzies looks to remain favourite for the title as he comes up against number two seed Thibault Tricole.
Menzies has dropped just one set en route to the Semis, coasting past Ian Jones, 2020 BDO World Champion Wayne Warren and current WDF number one James Hurrell with commanding displays.
France’s Tricole, on the other hand, has survived a total of eight match darts against him this week, six of which coming against Shawn Burt in the Second Round and a further two against seventh seed Andy Baetens in the Quarter-Finals.
The action gets under way from 3pm BST, with Men’s Semi-Final ties to be contested over the best of nine sets, Women’s Semi-Finals best of five sets and Boys/Girls Semi-Finals best of three sets. All sets are best of five legs.
Saturday April 9
SF – Boys: Luis Liptow (Ger) v Bradly Roes (Ned)
SF – Boys: Leighton Bennett (Eng) v Charlie Large (Eng)
SF – Rhian O’Sullivan v Kirsty Hutchinson
SF – Richard Veenstra v Neil Duff
SF – Lorraine Winstanley v Beau Greaves
SF – Thibault Tricole v Cameron Menzies
The 2022 WDF World Darts Championship reaches the Quarter-Final stage at Lakeside on Friday as a host of in-form challengers aim to remain on course for glory.
Five of the top eight seeds remain standing in the Men’s Draw, while a first-time World Champion is also guaranteed to be crowned in the Women’s competition.
The Quarter-Finals take place over two sessions on Day Seven at Frimley Green, kicking off in the afternoon with a Women’s tie between sixth seed Kirsty Hutchinson and Dutch outsider Priscilla Steenbergen – who knocked out third seed Anca Zijlstra in the Last 16.
A closely-matched opening Men’s Quarter-Final sees multiple PDC Challenge Tour event winner Jim McEwan take on Northern Irish ace Neil Duff.
McEwan is the only unseeded player remaining the in the Men’s Draw, having seen off Landon Gardiner 3-0, Aaron Turner 3-1 and Mike Warburton 3-2 en route.
Duff, meanwhile, backed up his words by dispatching Justin Thompson in straight sets, before again averaging 88 in a 3-1 win over PDC Tour Card holder Nick Fullwell.
Welsh ace Rhian O’Sullivan, who knocked out second seed Corrine Hammond in the last round, returns to take on Plymouth’s Maria O’Brien – who is looking to reach the Semi-Finals here for the second time.
Men’s number two seed Thibault Tricole looks to reach his first World Championship Quarter-Final at the expense of in-form seventh seed Andy Baetens.
Tricole, France’s top darting export, survived match darts from Shawn Burt before taking out 74 in a sudden death leg, and then came from a set down to defeat Steve Hine 3-1 on Thursday night.
Belgian ace Baetens, quarter-finalist here in 2018, has looked comfortable in his two victories so far, firstly overcoming Dave Parletti 3-1, before averaging 102.8 in a clinical 3-0 whitewash of Scott Marsh.
The evening session gets under way with a clash between Aussie youngster Tori Kewish and 2019 women’s world finalist Lorraine Winstanley.
Kewish whitewashed top seed Deta Hedman with a superb display in the Last 16, while Winstanley dispatched Sweden’s Vicky Pruim in successive sets.
Arguably the stand-out tie of the day sees number one seed Brian Raman take on record-breaker Richard Veenstra.
Raman, who earned a PDC Tour Card at European Qualifying School in January, backed up his sudden death leg win over Johnny Haines with a 3-0 rout of Jarred Cole, averaging 97.5.
Veenstra, though, hit the headlines by registering the highest average in Lakeside history (104.91) in his 3-0 thrashing of 15-year-old Luke Littler, having also brushed aside Romania’s Laszlo Kadar by the same scoreline.
Pre-tournament favourite Beau Greaves, who is now odds-on for a maiden women’s world title, comes up against fourth seed Aileen de Graaf – who dethroned reigning and two-time champion Mikuru Suzuki 2-1 on Thursday evening.
PDC Tour Card holder Cameron Menzies looks to continue his solid progress so far when he meets sixth seed James Hurrell.
Menzies has dropped just one set in defeating Ian Jones and 2020 BDO World Champion Wayne Warren, while Hurrell made a vast improvement on his opening display as he averaged 90 in cruising past Ryan de Vreede 3-0 in the Last 16.
The action gets under way from 1pm BST, with all Men’s Quarter-Final ties to be contested over the best of seven sets and Women’s Second Round ties best of three sets. All sets are best of five legs.
Friday April 8
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
QF – Priscilla Steenbergen v Kirsty Hutchinson
QF – Jim McEwan v Neil Duff
QF – Rhian O’Sullivan v Maria O’Brien
QF – Thibault Tricole v Andy Baetens
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
QF – Tori Kewish v Lorraine Winstanley
QF – Brian Raman v Richard Veenstra
QF – Aileen de Graaf v Beau Greaves
QF – Cameron Menzies v James Hurrell
Last 16 action draws to a close in both the Men’s and Women’s competitions at the 2022 WDF World Darts Championship at Lakeside on Thursday.
Day Five of the inaugural event saw Richard Veenstra create a slice of history as he set a new record Lakeside average of 104.91 in a straight sets rout of 15-year-old Luke Littler.
Top seed Brian Raman also impressed with a 97.5 average in thrashing Jarred Cole, while Australia’s Tori Kewish whitewashed women’s number one seed Deta Hedman.
Another intriguing double session at ‘The Home of World Darts’ commences with a clash between fifth seed Neil Duff and PDC Tour Card holder Nick Fullwell.
Northern Ireland’s Duff swept aside Australia’s Justin Thompson in straight sets earlier in the week, while Fullwell safely saw off Canada’s Rory Hansen by the same scoreline to secure his first win in a World Championship.
All eyes will be on 18-year-old sensation Beau Greaves in the women’s draw as she opens up with a tie against Hungary’s Veronika Ihasz.
Greaves reached the Semi-Finals on her World Championship debut in 2020 and returns as the number five seed, having picked up a trio of titles at the recent Isle of Man Darts Festival.
Ihász defeated America’s Paula Murphy in straight sets but knows she will require a marked improvement on her match average of 71 against the talented teenager – who posted a 105 average last month.
Jim McEwan has been installed as the new favourite in the men’s competition and the unseeded Scotsman returns to action to face 13th seed Mike Warburton.
McEwan, a two-time PDC Challenge Tour event winner, averaged 101.3 in a blistering First Round display against Landon Gardiner before overcoming fourth seed Aaron Turner 3-1.
Warburton, meanwhile, held his nerve to edge out Dave Prins in a sudden death leg and will be poised for another close-run contest here.
Sixth seed James Hurrell will be eyeing a marked improvement on his opening performance when he returns to the stage to face Dutch qualifier Ryan de Vreede.
Hurrell averaged just 75 in a gruelling 3-2 win over Belgium’s John Desreumaux, while De Vreede has already dispatched Italy’s Francesco Raschini and PDC Tour Card holder Jules van Dongen en route to the Last 16.
The evening session gets under way with a show-down between 2020 BDO World Champion Wayne Warren and PDC Tour Card holder Cameron Menzies.
Warren, who was initially due to play his first match on Tuesday, pulled off a superb comeback from two sets down to defeat Lee Shewan 3-2 on Wednesday night.
He now comes up against a rejuvenated Menzies, who was convincing in seeing off Ian Jones 3-1 earlier in the week to seal his first win on this iconic stage.
Two-time Women’s World Champion Mikuru Suzuki aims to extend her unbeaten run in World Championships when she faces fourth seed Aileen de Graaf – twice a Lakeside semi-finalist.
Number two seed Thibault Tricole, who held his nerve with a 74 checkout in a sudden death leg to deny Shawn Burt after surviving three match darts from the Canadian, now faces a resurgent Steve Hine in the Third Round.
Hine, a former PDC Tour Card holder, is yet to drop a set this week, having defeated American duo Kevin Luke and Leonard Gates 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.
The final match of the evening sees seventh seed Andy Baetens take on tenth seed Scott Marsh, with both having impressed in their opening salvos on Wednesday.
Belgian ace Baetens, a quarter-finalist here in 2018, defeated Dave Parletti 3-1 with a 92.3 average, while Marsh edged out former Challenge Tour winner James Richardson in a last-set decider.
The action gets under way from 1pm BST, with all Men’s Third Round ties to be contested over the best of five sets and Women’s Second Round ties best of three sets. All sets are best of five legs.
Thursday April 7
R3 – Neil Duff v Nick Fullwell
R2 – Beau Greaves v Veronika Ihasz
R3 – Jim McEwan v Mike Warburton
R3 – James Hurrell v Ryan de Vreede
R3 – Wayne Warren v Cameron Menzies
R2 – Aileen de Graaf v Mikuru Suzuki
R3 – Thibault Tricole v Steve Hine
R3 – Andy Baetens v Scott Marsh
Richard Veenstra set a new record average at Lakeside on his way a straight sets demolition of Luke Littler to reach the Quarter-Finals of the 2022 WDF World Championship.
Veenstra averaged 104.91 in a clinical display, eclipsing the record set by his fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld (103.83) back in 2004.
The number nine seed dropped just` one leg as he crushed the hopes of 15-year-old sensation Littler – who had seen off Ben Hazel in a fifth set decider earlier in the week.
Veenstra, a semi-finalist in the BDO World Championship at Lakeside in 2016, secured four legs in 12 darts or fewer and sealed victory in style with a 121 checkout.
He will now face Belgium’s Brian Raman in the Quarter-Finals after the number one seed dismantled Jarred Cole in straight sets.
PDC Tour Card holder Raman averaged 97.5 as he coasted to victory for the loss of only two legs, landing a trio of 13-darters along the way.
Elsewhere, Australian star Tori Kewish whitewashed number one seed Deta Hedman to reach the Quarter-Finals of the women’s competition.
Hedman’s 15 missed darts at doubles all came in the same leg as Kewish pulled off a dominant victory with high checkouts of 80 and 120.
Wayne Warren, the 2020 BDO World Champion, completed an impressive comeback from two sets down to deny Lee Shewan in a decider.
The veteran Welshman reeled off eight of the last nine legs to book his place in the Last 16 with an average of 94.7.
Tenth seed Scott Marsh also progressed to the Last 16 courtesy of a narrow 3-2 win over former PDC Tour Card holder James Richardson.
Richardson took the opening set from two legs down bit only for Marsh to claim the second set in a decider and pull off a clean sweep in the third to hit the front.
Richardson sealed the fourth set 3-1 to send it the distance, but it was Marsh who held firm with a 14-darter to clinch victory.
He will now face Belgium’s Andy Baetens in the Third Round on Thursday after the number seven seed knocked out Dave Parletti 3-1 with a solid 92.3 average.
Number two seed Thibault Tricole came through a dramatic sudden death leg to edge out Canada’s Shawn Burt 3-2.
Burt, who knocked out pre-tournament favourite Connor Scutt in Round One, was left to rue three missed match darts in the final leg as France’s Tricole took out 74 to squeeze over the line.
Former PDC professional Steve Hine enjoyed a dominant straight sets victory over America’s Leonard Gates to continue his impressive Lakeside debut.
Lorraine Winstanley, the 2019 women’s world finalist, safely saw off Sweden’s Vicky Pruim in straight sets to move through to the Last Eight.
Wednesday April 6
R2 – Thibault Tricole 3-2 Shawn Burt
R2 – Deta Hedman 0-2 Tori Kewish
R2 – Leonard Gates 0-3 Steve Hine
R2 – Andy Baetens 3-1 Dave Parletti
R2 – Scott Marsh 3-2 James Richardson
R3 – Luke Littler 0-3 Richard Veenstra
R2 – Lorraine Winstanley 2-0 Vicky Pruim
R3 – Brian Raman 3-0 Jarred Cole
R2 – Wayne Warren 3-2 Lee Shewan
Second Round action draws to a close at the 2022 WDF World Darts Championship at Lakeside on Wednesday, as the Men’s Last 16 also commences.
Tuesday saw a clutch of familiar faces get off to a winning start in the inaugural event, including PDC Tour Card holders Nick Fullwell and Cameron Menzies, while sixth seed James Hurrell came through a gruelling fifth set decider.
Another double-header of action on Day Five kicks off with a tie between number two seed and France’s top darting export Thibault Tricole and Canada’s Shawn Burt.
Tricole picked up the Welsh Classic and Denmark Open titles in 2021 and has also featured in a clutch of PDC ProTour events this year after attending European Qualifying School and narrowly missing out on a Tour Card.
The Frenchman starts out against fellow Lakeside debutant Burt – who pulled off a big upset in defeating PDC Tour Card holder and pre-tournament favourite Connor Scutt in straight sets.
In the women’s competition, top seed Deta Hedman starts her latest quest for a maiden world title with a tie against Australian star Tori Kewish.
Hedman was runner-up here in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and is a twice World Masters champion, while 24-year-old Kewish defeated Scotland’s Lorraine Hyde in straight sets to register her first win on this iconic stage.
American ace Leonard Gates, the number 15 seed, aims to hit the ground running when he takes on Steve ‘The Muffin Man’ Hine – who swept aside Gates’ fellow countryman Kevin Luke 2-0 in Round One.
Belgium’s Andy Baetens, the number seven seed and quarter-finalist here in 2018, opens up against former Grand Slam qualifier Dave Parletti – who knocked out Shaun McDonald in a nail-biting final set.
An extended evening session commences with a clash between tenth seed Scott Marsh and former PDC Tour Card holder James Richardson.
Current WDF number two Luke Littler, the 15-year-old darting sensation who knocked out Ben Hazel in a deciding set, gets the Third Round action under way as he faces 2016 semi-finalist Richard Veenstra – who coasted past Romania’s Laszlo Kadar in straight sets.
The final Women’s Second Round tie sees Lorraine Winstanley, the 2019 women’s world finalist, take on Sweden’s Vicky Pruim – semi-finalist here 20 years ago.
Men’s number one seed Brian Raman aims to press on from his epic sudden death win over Johnny Haines when he comes up against 21-year-old qualifier Jarred Cole.
Cole, a former PDC Development Tour event winner, has already seen off three-time World Champion Martin Adams and 16th seed Antony Allen on a dream Lakeside debut.
Having been postponed due to a technical fault with the production at the venue last night, Wayne Warren’s rescheduled Second Round clash with Lee Shewan concludes the night’s arrows.
Warren defeated fellow Welshman Jim Williams in the final of the last BDO World Championship in 2020, but his triumph was tarnished by significantly reduced prize money and a bitter dispute over the trophy with controversial BDO Chairman Des Jacklin.
The action gets under way from 1pm BST, with all Men’s Second Round and Third Round ties to be contested over the best of five sets and Women’s Second Round ties best of three sets. All sets are best of five legs.
Wednesday April 6
R2 – Thibault Tricole v Shawn Burt
R2 – Deta Hedman v Tori Kewish
R2 – Leonard Gates v Steve Hine
R2 – Andy Baetens v Dave Parletti
R2 – Scott Marsh v James Richardson
R3 – Luke Littler v Richard Veenstra
R2 – Lorraine Winstanley v Vicky Pruim
R3 – Brian Raman v Jarred Cole
R2 – Wayne Warren v Lee Shewan
The Second Round action continues at the 2022 WDF World Darts Championship at Lakeside on Tuesday as a host of familiar names begin their campaigns.
Four seeded players safely progressed on Day Three of the inaugural event on Monday, including 15-year-old sensation Luke Littler and top seed Brian Raman.
The Women’s draw saw Rhian O’Sullivan continue her superb run of form by knocking out second seed Corrine Hammond in a third set decider, joining Maria O’Brien in the Quarter-Finals.
The afternoon session on Tuesday kicks off with a clash between Nick Fullwell – one of five PDC Tour Card holders competing in the event – and Canadian qualifier Rory Hansen, who defeated Mark Barilli in straight sets in his opener.
Women’s number three seed Anca Zijlstra aims to reach her first World Championship Quarter-Final since 2016 at the expense of Dutch compatriot Priscilla Steenbergen.
Northern Ireland’s Neil Duff, the number five seed, marks his Lakeside debut with a clash against Australian veteran Justin Thompson – who dispatched Paul Hogan in straight sets in Round One.
Cameron Menzies, who secured a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School in January for the first time, has been installed as one of the favourites to claim glory on his return to Frimley Green.
The four-time PDC Challenge Tour event winner and number 14 seed starts out against Lakeside debutant Ian Jones – who battled his way past Canada’s David Cameron in a third set decider on Sunday.
The evening session commences with a tie between sixth seed James Hurrell, a former World Masters quarter-finalist, and Belgium’s John Desreumaux.
Third seed Wayne Warren, the last ever winner of the BDO World Championship two years ago, starts his campaign as unofficial defending champion against England’s Lee Shewan.
Warren defeated fellow Welshman Jim Williams in the final at the Indigo O2 in 2020 but his triumph was tarnished by significantly reduced prize money and a bitter dispute over the trophy with controversial BDO Chairman Des Jacklin.
Kirsty Hutchinson, the 2021 Welsh Open winner and sixth seed in the women’s competition, marks her first Lakeside appearance with a tie against Jo Clements – who qualified via the WDF world rankings.
Jules van Dongen, the Dutch-born American who recently clinched a PDC Tour Card at Q School, opens up against rapid Dutchman Ryan de Vreede – who edged out Italy’s Francesco Raschini 2-1 at the weekend.
The action gets under way from 1pm BST, with all Men’s Second Round ties to be contested over the best of five sets and Women’s Second Round ties best of three sets. All sets are best of five legs.
Tuesday April 5
R2 – Nick Fullwell v Rory Hansen
R2 – Anca Zijlstra v Priscilla Steenbergen
R2 – Neil Duff v Justin Thompson
R2 – Cameron Menzies v Ian Jones
R2 – James Hurrell v John Desreumaux
R2 – Kirsty Hutchinson v Jo Clements
R2 – Jules van Dongen v Ryan de Vreede
R2 – Wayne Warren v Lee Shewan
The Second Round action commences at the 2022 WDF World Championship at Lakeside on Monday as a host of seeds enter the fray.
The opening round of the inaugural event saw the Regional Table Qualifiers and rankings qualifiers battle it out, now the top 16 seeds enter the men’s event, while the top eight enter the women’s competition.
The likes of Martin Adams, Paul Hogan and pre-tournament favourite Connor Scutt have already departed the men’s draw, and a host of in-form hopefuls will be aiming to avoid suffering an early exit.
The afternoon session kicks off with a clash between 13th seed Mike Warburton – semi-finalist in the 2019 World Masters – and Durham’s Dave Prins – who won the recent Isle of Man Open and defeated another Welshman in Mark Graham by two sets to nil in Round One on Saturday.
Seventh seed Maria O’Brien, BDO Women’s World Championship semi-finalist in 2019, opens up with a clash against Dutch qualifier Marjolein Noijens – who battled past Amanda Harwood in Round One.
Aaron Turner, the number four seed, faces a formidable opener against Scottish veteran Jim McEwan – who produced the stand-out performance of the First Round with a 101.3 average in his straight sets win over Australia’s Landon Gardiner.
The main event of the afternoon sees 15-year-old sensation Luke Littler mark his Lakeside debut with a tie against Ben Hazel.
Littler has been touted as one of the hottest young properties on planet darts, having won the 2021 Men’s Irish Open and hit a streamed nine-darter on the Junior Darts Corporation circuit.
Hazel averaged just 72.5 in his deciding set win over New Zealand’s Haupai Puha and will be determined to raise his game considerably against the fearless number eight seed.
The evening session kicks off with a tie between another rising star – Jarred Cole – and 16th seed Antony Allen.
Cole enjoyed a dream Lakeside debut by knocking out three-time World Champion Martin Adams in straight sets with an average of 92.7 in the opening match of the tournament.
Women’s number two seed and 2017 world finalist Corrine Hammond takes in Welsh ace Rhian O’Sullivan – whose 86 average in defeating Paula Jacklin was the sixth highest of the First Round across both competitions.
Ninth seed Richard Veenstra, semi-finalist at Lakeside in 2016, marks his return with a tie against Romania’s Laszlo Kadar – who survived six missed match darts from Sweden’s Andreas Harrysson in their dramatic First Round contest.
Belgium’s Brian Raman, the number one seed and one of five new PDC Tour Card holders in the field, opens up with a clash against Swindon’s Johnny Haines – who averaged 89.6 in a straight sets win over John Scott on Saturday.
The action gets under way from 1pm BST, with all Men’s Second Round ties to be contested over the best of five sets and Women’s Second Round ties best of three sets. All sets are best of five legs.
Monday April 4
R2 – Michael Warburton v Dave Prins
R2 – Maria O’Brien v Marjolein Noijens
R2 – Aaron Turner v Jim McEwan
R2 – Luke Littler v Ben Hazel
R2 – Antony Allen v Jarred Cole
R2 – Corrine Hammond v Rhian O’Sullivan
R2 – Richard Veenstra v Laszlo Kadar
R2 – Brian Raman v Johnny Haines
Des Jacklin has seized the BDO World Championship trophy from Mikuru Suzuki prior to her opening match in the WDF World Championship at Lakeside on Sunday evening.
The controversial former BDO Chairman was handed the trophy by reigning Women’s Champion Suzuki just hours before she was due on stage for her First Round tie against Laura Turner.
Jacklin had been present at the Lakeside Country Club on each of the first two days of the inaugural WDF World Championship, with his wife Paula having been knocked out of the competition on Saturday.
He left the venue with the Women’s BDO trophy in his grasp on Sunday night after reaching an agreement with Suzuki’s management team.
A WDF statement read: “The police were not involved. Des Jacklin requested the trophy for the BDO and an agreement was made between Suzuki’s management team and Des Jacklin and the trophy was handed to Des. No one else was involved.”
Suzuki came through her opening match against Laura Turner in straight sets despite an average of just 74 and will now face fourth seed Aileen de Graaf in the Second Round.
The Jacklins took to Facebook to post the following:
The latest development comes after 2020 Men’s BDO World Champion Wayne Warren, who received just £23,000 in prize money, had his trophy seized by Jacklin during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Ireland’s John O’Shea was also threatened with legal action over the return of the World Masters Trophy he won in 2019.
BDO Enterprises Ltd went into liquidation in September 2020 after a disastrous final World Championship at the Indigo O2 earlier that year which saw minimal ticket sales and a significantly reduced prize fund.
The organisation racked up a staggering £468,000 loss during their last financial year and the county system was subsequently taken over by the United Kingdom Darts Association.
The WDF World Championship marks the sport’s televised return to Lakeside for the first time since 2019, with the men’s event incorporating a prize fund of £200,000 (£50,000 to the winner) and the women’s event featuring a total prize fund of £87,500, with a £25,000 winner’s cheque.
The WDF is set to unveil new trophies for both the men’s and women’s competitions later in the week.
The First Round action draws to a close on Day Two of the 2022 WDF World Darts Championship at Lakeside on Sunday.
The opening day of the inaugural event at ‘The Home of World Darts’ saw three-time World Champion Martin Adams bow out alongside the likes of Paul Hogan and Haupai Puha, while Jim McEwan put down an early marker with a 101.3 average in his straight sets win.
A further double-header of action follows at Frimley Green on Sunday, with the afternoon session commencing with a clash between Canada’s David Cameron and England’s Ian Jones.
Ryan de Vreede, who has appeared in both the PDC and BDO World Championships, starts his campaign against Italian qualifier Francesco Raschini.
Lee Shewan and Jordan Brooks collide for the right to take on 2020 BDO World Champion Wayne Warren in the Second Round, while Belgium’s John Desreumaux faces Australia’s Donovan Lottering with sixth seed James Hurrell awaiting the winner.
Scotland’s Lorraine Hyde faces Aussie youngster Tori Kewish in the Women’s Draw for the right to face top seed Deta Hedman in Round Two, while 2002 World Championship semi-finalist Vicky Pruim meets New Zealand’s Desi Mercer with Lorraine Winstanley awaiting the winner.
The evening session features a clash between pre-tournament favourite Connor Scutt and Canada’s Shawn Burt for the right to take on second seed Thibault Tricole.
Scutt, who secured a PDC Tour Card for the first time at Qualifying School in January, reached the Semi-Finals of Players Championship Three the following month.
Mikuru Suzuki starts her bid for a third World Championship title with a tie against 2020 World Championship quarter-finalist Laura Turner.
Japanese star Suzuki, who claimed the BDO world title on her Lakeside debut in 2019, retained the crown at The Indigo O2 a year later and is out to continue her emphatic unbeaten record.
Former Grand Slam qualifier Dave Parletti aims to gain his first Lakeside win when he faces Scotland’s Shaun McDonald – winner of a PDC Challenge Tour event in 2021.
Four-time PDC World Championship qualifier Steve ‘The Muffin Man’ Hine marks his Lakeside debut with a tie against USA qualifier Kevin Luke.
James Richardson, who reached the Last 16 of the 2017/18 PDC World Championship and is a former Challenge Tour event winner, opens up against Poland’s Sebastian Steyer – semi-finalist in the 2019 BDO World Trophy.
America’s Paula Murphy takes on Hungary’s Veronika Ihasz for the right to face in-form youngster Beau Greaves in the Second Round of the women’s event.
The action gets under way from 1pm BST, with all First Round ties to be contested over the best of five sets. All sets are best of five legs.
Sunday April 3
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
R1 – Ian Jones (Eng) v David Cameron (Can)
R1 – John Desreumaux (Bel) v Donovan Lottering (Aus)
R1 – Lorraine Hyde (Sco) v Tori Kewish (Aus)
R1 – Francesco Raschini (Ita) v Ryan de Vreede (Ned)
R1 – Lee Shewan (Eng) v Jordan Brooks (Eng)
R1 – Vicky Pruim (Swe) v Desi Mercer (NZ)
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
R1 – Dave Parletti (Eng) v Shaun McDonald (Sco)
R1 – Paula Murphy (US) v Veronika Ihasz (Hun)
R1 – Connor Scutt (Eng) v Shawn Burt (Can)
R1 – Steve Hine (Eng) v Kevin Luke (US)
R1 – Laura Turner (Eng) v Mikuru Suzuki (Jpn)
R1 – James Richardson (Eng) v Sebastian Steyer (Pol)