Sport Reigning champion Glen Durrant battles back to reach BDO semi-finals

02:50  13 january  2018
02:50  13 january  2018 Source:   Press Association

Durrant eases through at Lakeside while Mitchell suffers upset

  Durrant eases through at Lakeside while Mitchell suffers upset Defending champion and top seed Glen Durrant booked his place in the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championship with a 4-1 victory over Darryl Fitton. Durrant dropped the third set against Fitton, but averaged an impressive 99.43 as he cruised through to the last eight at Frimley Green.Former champion Scott Mitchell was knocked out in the second round as he went down 4-2 to Andy Baetens.Mitchell, who won the championship in 2015, lost the opening two sets and despite levelling the match, fell at the last-16 stage for the second successive year.

Reigning BDO world champion Glen Durrant moved into the semi - finals of the 2018 event at Lakeside. Durrant produced an average of 100.92, the best of the tournament, in his 5-4 victory over Jim Williams and will play two-time BDO champion Scott Waites.

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Glen Durrant survived a quarter-final scare: BDO World Championship Final 2017 - Lakeside Complex © PA WIRE BDO World Championship Final 2017 - Lakeside Complex

Defending champion Glen Durrant survived an almighty scare before booking his place in the BDO World Championship semi-finals.

On an exciting day in Surrey, all four of the last-eight contests went to a decisive ninth set.

The 47-year-old found himself 4-1 down in the best-of-nine contest against Wales' Jim Williams.

However, 15 180s and an average of 100.92 - the highest in a nine-set match at Lakeside - eventually saw Durrant prevail 5-4.

Durrant will play fellow Englishman Scott Waites in the last four, after he also recovered from 4-1 down to beat Belgian Andy Baetens 5-4.

Defending champion Durrant faces McGeeney in BDO World Championship final

  Defending champion Durrant faces McGeeney in BDO World Championship final Glen Durrant moved a step closer to successfully defending his BDO World Championship title after brushing aside Scott Waites to set up a final clash with Mark McGeeney at Frimley Green. Durrant and Waites were involved in nine-set thrillers on Friday, both players coming from 4-1 behind to beat Jim Williams and Andy Baetens respectively, but Saturday's semi-final between the pair was straight forward. Number-one seed Durrant, who defeated Danny Noppert in last year's showpiece, averaged 96.61 and hit six maximums as he eased to a 6-2 victory over the 2016 world champion.

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Qualifier Michael Unterbuchner continued his unlikely run by beating Holland's Richard Veenstra 5-4 in another thriller.

Unterbuchner became the first German to win on the Lakeside oche when beating David Cameron in qualifying and then eliminating third seed Jamie Hughes and 14th seed Martin Phillips.

Veenstra, seeded 11th, dominated the first two sets but missed three darts at a double in the fifth leg of the third set as Unterbuchner snatched it before moving 4-2 ahead.

Six perfect darts at 2-1 in the seventh looked to have secured the 29-year-old's progress, but he missed out on a nine-darter, failed to checkout 64 on his return and Veenstra snatched the leg and, ultimately, the set.

Unterbuchner missed match darts again in the eighth set but a 130 checkout saw him break throw in the first leg of the decider as he progressed.

Mark McGeeney stands between Unterbuchner and a place in the final after beating Wayne Warren 5-4.

In the women's competition, reigning champion Lisa Ashton beat Deta Hedman in the semi-finals and will face Russia's Anastasia Dobromyslova in Saturday's final.

Rocket Ronnie crashes out of the Masters at the hands of Mark Allen .
Five-time world champion and seven-time Masters winner O’Sullivan was beaten 6-1 in Thursday’s quarter-finalsO’Sullivan won the first frame with a break of 75, despite calling a foul on himself as he cued over a red to attempt a difficult black.

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