Second Round action draws to a close at the 2022 WDF World Darts Championship at Lakeside on Wednesday, as the…
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.
WDF World Championship 2022 Day Five Schedule
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