Lakeside World Professional Darts Day 1 Highlights
Game 1: Mark McGeeney 3 - 2 Martin Adams
It would be to hard to make a more exciting and closer opening match than McGeeney v Adams and it went right down to the wire of a sudden death shoot-out leg. Neither man really got into top gear and McGeeney seized upon poor opening scoring from Wolfie to claim the deciding leg on double top.
McGeeney stated after the match "I loved it. I love playing Martin he's a great player.
"I've been playing ok but i didn't really do it out there today, it was just a relief to get through that game!"
The Gladiator now progresses to face the winner of Monday's showdown between Danny Noppert and Richie Edwards.
Game 2: Willem Mandigers 3 - 0 Nick Kenny
The second game of the day saw a much more one-sided result despite some quality arrows thrown by both men. With the game poised to go to 1-1 as Nick Kenny threw to level, Mandigers stole the darts to break throw and lead 2-0. Mandigers never looked back and rampaged his way through to win the final set.
"I feel good" said Mandigers "Right from the beginning my doubles were good, the last few years they have been the problem but today they were good."
That win sets up a possible all-Dutch 2nd round match as Willem faces the winner of Wesley Harms v Wayne Warren.
Game 3: Lisa Ashton 2 - 0 Rhian Griffiths
The 1st Ladies match of the tournament saw Defending Champion take on Rhian Griffiths. Griffiths shot out to a 2 leg lead in the first set before Ashton mounted a huge comeback to take that set and the next. The biggest highlight being a 101 checkout for the Lancashire Rose.
A visibly delighted Ashton said "I love my new darts with the new grip.
"I've had them for half of the season, been doing really well with them and it just shows there. I have so much confidence in them."
Ashton now has a tough draw ahead of her as she faces the winner of Fallon Sherrock and Winmau World Master finalist Corrine Hammond.
Game 4: Pengiran Mohamed 0 - 3 Gary Robson
History was made in the final match of the session as Brunei's 1st ever player at the BDO World Championships took to the stage in the form of Pengiran Mohamed. However, infront of an appreciative crowd, his opponent Gary Robson out-classed Mohamed in his 16th appearance at Lakeside to set-up a showdown with reigning Champion Glen Durrant.
After the match Big Robbo said "I'm pretty comfortable playing against Glen, because I do have a good record against him
"But that means nothing, absolutely nothing. The big factor is he's back trying to defend his title, so there's massive pressure on him."
Game 1: Justin Thompson 3 - 2 Chris Gilliland
Justin Thompson edged what was an extremely nervy preliminary round encounter against Chris Gilliland, taking the opening leg in the last set decider and never looking back.
"Years ago, I was watching Eric Bristow play John Lowe and thinking -Wow- i'd love to play at Lakeside and now I have!" said Thommo
Justin now plays Darryl Fitton to close out Monday's Evening session.
Game 2: Deta Hedman 2 - 0 Rachna David
No. 1 seeded got her quest to win her first ever Lakeside title off to a dream start as she bulldozed through Rachna David. David succumbed to nerves as she missed 10 doubles in the opening set before Hedman pulled away to complete the white-wash.
When asked if this could be her year, Deta responded with "I just take each game as it comes.
"If it's the one, then that's magic. If it's not then i'll just start over again!"
Hedman can now look forward to a match between Maria O'Brien or Sharon Prins.
Game 3: Joe Chaney 0 - 3 Danny Noppert
Last year's runner-up Danny Noppert sailed through his preliminary round match against American Joe Chaney hitting impressive checkouts of 121 and 126 on his way.
Noppie now plays Richie Edwards in the 1st round, who is a last-minute replacement for James Hurrell.
"I'm feeling great after that match with a great score, but the doubles were a bit off.
"Tomorrow is a day to relax and maybe go see the City and then it's back to business!"
Game 4: Scott Mitchell 3 - 2 Darius Labanauskas
Scott Mitchell endured a tough test to progress into the next round as he defeated Darius Labanauskas 3-2, where both men posted close to 100 averages. Darius took the first set before Mitchell hit 2 on the bounce. Labanauskas then took the fourth set before Mitchell found another gear and claimed the decider.
Mitchell now plays the winner of what is sure to be a tight match between Scott Baker and Andy Baetens.
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