We’re almost down to the quarter-finals at the BDO World Championship but the biggest story so far is defending champion Scott Waites departure from the tournament as he crashed out at the first hurdle.
He was defeated by Alan Norris 3-0 on Saturday but favourite Stephen Bunting has so far made it through unscathed, dropping just one set on his way to the last eight.
Thursday Afternoon Matches
The two remaining second round matches will take place on Friday afternoon and first up it’s Dutchman Jan Dekker against the Belgian Geert De Vos.
Sixth seed Dekker is looking for another good run in the tournament with his highlight at Lakeside reaching the semi-finals when he was just 20 back in 2011.
World number nine De Vos has never made it past the last 16 after being knocked out at this stage the past two seasons.
This match is scheduled to start at 1:10pm and is live on BBC Two.
The Martin Adams takes on Ross Montgomery in the final second round match of the tournament.
Three times World championship winner Adams performed excellently in his opening round match by beating the number three seed Tony O’Shea 3-0.
14th seed Ross Montgomery had a much closer first round tie game, as he defeated Ireland’s Michael Meaney after a deciding set.
Thursday Evening Matches
The first evening match this season sees Tony Eccles take on Robbie Green in the first quarter-final match of the tournament.
Middlesbrough’s Eccles has had a brilliant tournament so far after defeating fifth seed Darryl Fitton 3-1 in the first round before knocking out last year’s semi-finalist Wesley Harms 4-3 in the second round.
But he’ll have to play just as well then to beat fourth seed Robbie Green. Green has made his way through to the last eight with relative ease, only dropping one set so far in his second round match against Gary Robson.
Following that match, tournament favourite Stephen Bunting takes on Dutchman Rick Hofstra who has reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship for the first time this year.
He whitewashed compatriot and ninth seed Remco van Eijden before receiving a walkover at 2-0 up against Martin Atkins, after the Englishman pulled out with a wrist injury.
Bunting has enjoyed a comfortable run in the tournament so far with wins over American Jim Widmayer and Dave Prins and is big 1/14 favourite to win this match with Paddy Power. Bet 365 provide the best price on a Hofstra win at 10/1.
Both these matches are live on the red button from 6:15pm tonight.
Friday Evening Matches
James Wilson faces Alan Norris in the first of Friday evening’s double header. Second seed Wilson beat 2012 World champion Christian Kist in the opening round before defeating Scott Mitchell yesterday.
As mentioned earlier, Norris recorded an excellent win over last year’s World Champion Waites in the first round before beating 10th seed Glen Durrant in the last 16.
Stephen Bunting remains favourite for the tournament with Sportingbet amongst others, offering the best price of 4/5.
James Wilson remains my BET OF THE DAY to win the tournament, although odds have now closed to 9/2 with Boylesports.
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