Day two of the 39th World Darts Championships from the home of darts - the Lakeside - gets underway this afternoon with the return of one of the all-time great entertainers.
It's been nearly four years since The Count - Ted Hankey - last played in the tournament, losing to eventual winner Christian Kist. After that point, he went and did something else, I'm not sure; it involved Barry Hearn apparently? Anyway, he quit that circuit and returned to the BDO last year, only just making Lakeside on account of Larry Butler losing the Winmau World Masters final. Hankey plays in the last match of the afternoon against Canada's David Cameron.
The other matches today include reigning champion Scott Mitchell beginning his defence of his title against Craig Caldwell, Sweden's Peter Sajwani faces Sam Hewson and Japan's Seigo Asada plays Darius Labanauskas and 2013's champion Scott Waites faces Willem Mandigers. In the women's draw, former champion Trina Gulliver and last year's losing finalist Fallon Sherrock begin their Lakeside campaigns.
Coverage starts from 1:00pm on BBC Two and switches to BT Sport 1 at 6:00pm.
>Afternoon session - 1:00pm - 5:30pm
Scott Mitchell vs Craig Caldwell
Peter Sajwani vs Sam Hewson (P)
Fallon Sherrock vs Ann-Louise Peters
David Cameron vs Ted Hankey (P)
>Evening session - 6:00pm - 10:30pm
Kostas Pantelidis vs Darren Peetoom (P)
Trina Gulliver vs Dee Bateman
Seigo Asada vs Darius Labanauskas (P)
Scott Waites vs Willem Mandigers
Without him, there would have never been the likes of MVG, Klaasen, Kist, van der Voort, etc.
Gary Anderson, he's in the PDC World Championship final tonight. This is the BDO World Championship (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split_in_darts for an explanation of why there are 2 organisations). A 9-darter is pretty rare, the last one at the BDO Worlds was in 1990, although they are more common in the PDC where the standard is significantly higher
Sometimes. You have to be really low-ranked in the PDC to do so though.
Dean Reynolds, for example, played on the PDC Development and Challenge Tours in 2015 but played at Lakeside yesterday.
No, under BDO rules, their players are banned from entering events run by the PDC, with the exception of the Grand Slam of Darts, which is the only event where PDC & BDO players currently play against each other
No, it's one or the other, though you can swap between seasons, mostly good BDO players moving on to the PDC. Some good BDO players like Martin "Wolfy" Adams could probably play in the PDC but refuse to on principle.
Wolfie prefers being big fish little pond
"I'm not encouraging anyone to get into wagering, but we did say Caldwell at 9/4 looked good odds"
"ARRRR BRISTOW BETS! GET ON FUCKING MICHAEL SMITH AT 33/1 NOW, YOU MUGS!!"
I'm /147/. I'm glad snooker has limited appeal these days, or Uncle Baz would have probably raped it by now. Love having the Triple Crown all on the BBC.
>£20 for this shit
>I'm glad snooker has limited appeal these days, or Uncle Baz would have probably raped it by now.
Yeah, snooker's one of the rare sports which wouldn't really benefit from Sky coverage.
The Snooker Shoot-Out or whatever it is at Blackpool. One frame matches, still 15 reds, bright shirts like in pyjama cricket, meme prizes and stuff. Even a bit of crowd noise. They cue off to decide who breaks.
The six reds is another format but they just use that for random Hong Kong tournaments which basically exist for betting/sponsorship purposes.
Just checking the list and Concave Boy - Rhys Hayden - is going to do Q-School: http://www.pdpa.co.uk/News/Article/529/2016-pdc-q-school
Should be interesting to see which players who shit the bed at Lakeside this year apply for the jobberfest in Wigan.
>got a new TV this morning
>"Sweet I get BBC2 HD now"
>First thing I see is Bobby Georges vagina neck in HD
>flag wrong way up
>dancing around like Avicii
Hope he slips and shatters an ankle
dat scar on Sajwani's throwing arm
>yfw Sajwani is STILL averaging more than Justin Pipe did against Kist
B I G
Presumably the Beeb caught wind of the nonsense he was spouting yesterday and kicked him off: https://contrarian180.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/the-2016-lakeside-the-final-frontier-for-the-stone-age-of-darts/
If the bdo and the beeb want to be so progressive why not just scrap the women's championship completely and have them play with the men. I mean after all this is "nothing" stopping a woman being as good at a man in darts
>Ted Hankey is younger than Robert Thornton
What darts you use lads? I could do with a new set. Using some Scott Waites ones at the moment, but I don't like the grip on them. I like a longer dart as well. Been looking at some CHIZZY or DUZZA darts.
>What darts you use lads?
The ones stuck in the board at the pub mate.
>two skinny ones, one fat grip one
>different flights, one is inevitably a Union Jack pattern
>one only has 3/4 of the end where the flight goes in
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And that D12 ends the afternoon session. The C(o)unt enjoyed a fairly easy win over hopeless Murrijobber Dave Cameron, who's had three appearances at Lakeside and failed to win a single match on each occasion. Ted now faces the Welsh binman Martin Phillips in Round 1.
Earlier on, Scotty Dog held off New Zealand's Craig Caldwell in the match of the tournament so far, with the World Champion taking out a stunning 161 in the process as he won 3-2. Caldwell definitely looks like he could make the move to the professional game, as his near-93 average is more than enough for Q-School.
Two players who would probably struggle in Q-School followed in amicable Swede Peter Sajwani and annoying county prick Sam Hewson. After Chatterbox took the first six legs without reply, Hewson managed to find some finishing and scoring from somewhere while the Swede forgot how to do both. Sajwani persevered in a low-quality match and now faces Mark McGeeney in the last 32.
In the women's draw, yet another seed was dumped via awful finishing in sudden death as Fallon Sherrock blew multiple leg winning darts and eventually lost to Ann-Louise Peters. Anyone betting against Ashton retaining her title again is a fool.
We're back at 6:00pm.
>"golden girl" averaging 69 and managing to lose a set to someone who averaged 61
I've said this so many times over the past two days but Ashton is a class above the rest of this lot.
>he did this 1 year ago
Very noticeable to see his throw is a lot more firmer this year than it was last time. No wavering with the dart this year.
You have to wonder if the nerves of playing in his first Worlds was the reason his throw was so... wobbly.
Or if he WAS genuinely pissed.
Was so much more composed this time around.
And that D20 ends a fabulous performance from 2013's champion Scott Waites, and by far the best of the Lakeside this year. Outs of 142, 136 and 141 alongside an average of 96 and a checkout rate of 45% were just too much for the young Dutchman Willem Mandigers, who despite averaging 87 never looked in the game. Could this be the year Scotty wins title number 2?
Earlier tonight, Kostas Pantelidis became the first Greek to make the Lakeside last 32 with a fractious 3-2 win over Darren Peetoom while Seigo Asada vanquished the embarrassment of last year's drunk darts with a fine 92 average in a 3-1 victory over Darius Labanauskas to become the first Japanese player to make the first round at Frimley Green.
In the women's draw, another indicator of why this shit shouldn't be televised as Trina Gulliver had to go to a last leg decider against Dee Bateman, who averaged 60. Embarrassing viewing.
Confusingly, there's no women's match tomorrow afternoon but there is on Thursday when the men's last 16 gets underway. No idea why.
We get into the week of Lakeside now with seven games tomorrow:
>Afternoon session (1:00pm - 4:45pm)
Rob Modra vs John Walton (P)
Jeffrey De Graaf vs Richard Veenstra
Pip Blackwell vs Martin Atkins
>Evening session (6:00pm - 10:15pm)
Ryan De Vreede vs Larry Butler
Aileen De Graaf vs Casey Gallagher
Jamie Hughes vs Ross Montgomery
Martin Phillips vs Ted Hankey
As an aside, I won't be able to make the threads all week in the afternoon due to work. If someone else wants to do them in the meantime, then that'd be great. The BBC schedule's here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/darts/34821484 while the Lakeside schedule's here: http://www.lakesideworlddarts.co.uk/schedule.php
See you whenever.