|Mens: Scott Mitchell||Womens: Lisa Ashton||Youth: Colin Roelofs|
The largest ever field of 40 Men and 16 Women will be competing for the most prestigious titles in World Darts.
The first three World Professional Championships from 1978 to 1980 were contested by just 16 Men, but from 1981 to 2013 the field was 32 Men. The Women’s World Championship was introduced by the BDO in 2001 and has always been contested by 8 Women. Now it is being increased to 16 Women from the 2014 Lakeside World Professional onwards.
“This is a significant, exciting and progressive step forward”, says BDO Tournament Director Wayne Williams. “Not only does it illustrate the global increase in the higher standards of BDO and WDF players, but it also satisfies the growing TV audiences created by TV coverage from BBC, ESPN and Europsort.
“Needless to say, we are delighted to be providing even more valuable opportunities for our players – men and women – as we move the BDO forward and enhance the most prestigious Championships in world darts”.
The additional 8 Men for the 2014 World Pro will earn their places from competition within the worldwide regions of the WDF: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia, Baltic & Scandinavia and the USA. All have regional ranking tables which are accessible on the BDO website from the Tables drop-down menu.
The remaining 32 players will come from the BDO Invitational Table, the World Professional International Play-Offs and include the Winmau World Masters Champion if not already qualified.
The 16 Women will come from the BDO Invitation Table, the World Professional International Play-Offs and include the Winmau World Masters Champion if not already Qualified.
The BBC contract for the BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships has been extended by three years up to an including 2016.
Super Scott Waites was crowned world champion with a clinical 7-1 drubbing of “nearly man” Tony O’Shea to win the £100,000 top prize.
The Yorkshireman who had failed to reproduce his true form in five previous appearances was in defiant mood, blasting out six 180s, as his power-scoring eclipsed the performance of a below-par O’Shea.
Stockport-based O’Shea had been hoping it would be third time lucky after two previous final defeats but has to chalk up his seventh major defeat in a major BDO tournament.
Waites becomes the 22nd new name on the trophy since the event was launched on the calendar back in 1978 when the late great Leighton Rees from Wales became the inaugural winner.
Since then there have been winners from six different nations – England, Wales, Scotland, Canada, Australia and Holland. The win this year for Waites gave England their 13th winner.
Waites becomes only the third winner of the title from Yorkshire, joining Dennis Priestley and John Walton as White Rose victors, while at the same time thwarting 51-year-old O’Shea’s bid to become only the second fifty-something to lift the world crown.
O’Shea had produced a 30.47 per dart average to reach the final, whitewashing 2001 World Champ John Walton 3-0 in his opening game and then dashing the hopes of Steve Douglas 4-1. Mighty Kong, Robbie Green was Silverback’s Quarter Final victim (5-3), while flying Dutchman Wesley Harms was grounded by rampant O’Shea in the Semi-Final 6-4. Read more
Anastasia Dobromyslova clinched her third world title, defying a battling performance from debutant finalist Lisa Ashton 2-1. Bolton-based Ashton hit a maximum and an 80 checkout but was powerless to stop the 28-year-old Russian from chalking up her third world title.
It was an entertaining 30-minute encounter between second seed Dobromyslova and the veteran England international, with Dobromyslova holding her nerve to clinch the title on double six.
Afterwards Dobromyslova said: “I still don’t realise I have done it. It was such a tough game. If it had gone to 2-2 in the final set it could have been anyone’s title.
“Being here in the final before meant I know how to handle myself. I would just like to thank my family and friends for all their support,” said the newly-crowned champ.
Beaten finalist Ashton admitted: “I am gutted at losing but was really pleased to get through to the final. I don’t think the break in the game did me any good.” Read more
ESPN has reached agreement with BBC Sport and the BDO for the two broadcasters to share coverage of the 2013 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships.
The BBC will screen exclusively live coverage of the afternoon sessions of the tournament over the opening weekend of January 5th and 6th 2013. There will be extended BBC afternoon highlights from Monday, January 7th to Friday, January 11th, plus late-night highlights on BBC Two and extra action on BBC Sport Online. Additionally, the first Semi-Final will be broadcast live on the BBC on Saturday, January 12th, plus exclusive live coverage of the Final on Sunday, January 13th.
ESPN will broadcast both evening sessions of the opening weekend of January 5th and 6th, plus every weekday evening session from January 7th to 11th exclusively live. Its coverage will also include the second Semi-Final exclusively live on Saturday, January 12th and highlights of the Final, on Sunday, January 13th.
Additionally, ESPN will bring fans live coverage of the women’s final on Saturday, January 12th, plus selected coverage of earlier rounds.
BBC coverage is presented by Colin Murray, who will once again be joined by two-time World Championship runner-up Bobby George.
ESPN’s live televised darts coverage will be led by Ray Stubbs, presenter of both the BDO World Professional Darts Championships and the Winmau World Masters for several years during his career with the BBC. All ESPN discussion and analysis will come live from the Lakeside, capturing the environment and connecting viewers to the unique atmosphere of live darts.
Commentary for both broadcasters will come from Jim Proudfoot, Tony Green and Vassos Alexander.
Simon Potter, Senior Director, programming, ESPN, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Our first year broadcasting the competition this past January was a great success. We’re looking forward to being part of the wonderful atmosphere and excitement at the Lakeside as we continue to broaden our offering of live darts alongside other sports.”
BDO Chairman Barry Gilbey said: “We are absolutely delighted at the extent and diversity of the combined coverage from ESPN and BBC for the 2013 World Pro. Not only does it provide a fitting celebration of the BDO’s 40th Anniversary Year (1973-2013) but we have an exciting line-up of players, including one of the strongest fields ever assembled for the Women’s World Championship – which is why everyone will be delighted that ESPN is screening the 2013 Women’s Final live on January 12th.”
Philip Bernie, Head TV Sport, BBC said: “We are delighted to be showing the World Professional Darts Championship once again on BBC TV , and look forward greatly to its unique mix of top Darts action, great entertainment and a wonderful atmosphere.”
Issued by Robert Holmes on behalf of The British Darts Organisation 7/11/12.
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The 40th Anniversary Year of the British Darts Organisation (1973-2013) will be launched in style with the staging of the 2013 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships at Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey from Saturday, January 5th to Sunday, January 13th, 2013.
And the BDO’s website Home Page features a video (courtesy if IMG Sports Media and the BBC) illustrating the unique and entertaining sights and sounds of the 2012 World Championships. A fitting celebration in the run-up to Lakeside 2013.
England’s STEPHEN BUNTING and DETA HEDMAN are the No.1 Men’s and Women’s Seeds respectively and there will be comprehensive TV coverage on BBC, ESPN, Eurosport and Eurosport Asia. The full Draws are as follows:
MEN’S FIRST ROUND:
No.16 Seed: DARRYL FITTON (ENG) v BENITO van de PAS (NETH)
No.1 Seed: STEPHEN BUNTING (ENG) v JAMES WILSON (ENG)
No.9 Seed: ALAN NORRIS (ENG) v WAYNE WARREN (WAL)
No.8 Seed: WESLEY HARMS (NETH) v RUNE DAVID (NOR)
No.12 Seed: SCOTT MITCHELL (ENG) v MARK BARILLI (SCOT)
No.5 Seed: ROBBIE GREEN (ENG) v CHRISTIAN KIST (NETH)
No.13 Seed: STEVE DOUGLAS (ENG) v GARY STONE (SCOT)
No.4 Seed: TONY O’SHEA (ENG) v JOHN WALTON (ENG)
No.15 Seed: RICHIE GEORGE (ENG) v DAVE PRINS (ENG)
No.2 Seed: MARTIN ADAMS (ENG) v JIMMY HENDRIKS (NETH
No.10 Seed: GARY ROBSON (ENG) v GARRY THOMPSON (ENG)
No.7 Seed: JAN DEKKER (NETH) v JEFFREY de GRAAF (NETH)
No.11 Seed: MARTIN ATKINS (ENG) v JASON CULLEN (REP of IRE)
No.6 Seed: ROSS MONTGOMERY (SCOT) v PAUL JENNINGS (ENG)
No.14 Seed: GEERT de VOS (BELG) v TONY ECCLES (ENG)
No.3 Seed: SCOTT WAITES (ENG) v WILLY van de WIEL (NETH)
No.4 Seed: IRINA ARMSTRONG (GER) v SHARON PRINS (NETH)
No.1 Seed: DETA HEDMAN (ENG) v LISA ASHTON (ENG)
No.3 Seed: JULIE GORE (WAL) v TRINA GULLIVER (ENG)
No.2 Seed: ANASTASIA DOBROMYSLOVA (RUS) v LORRAINE FARLAM (ENG)
Lakeside World Pro
For full brackets, stats and summary of each match, click here
Silent man Christian Kist let his darts do the talking as he toppled favourite Tony O’Shea 7-5 to lift the Lakeside world championship at his first attempt.
The debutant 25-year-old Dutchman, an out-of-work road worker, who began the tournament as a 66/1 outsider steamrollered his way to the title in 146 minutes blasting out eight maximums, a120 checkout and two 12-dart finishes to beat the man double his age.
But brave Tony O’Shea almost staged a remarkable comeback after battling back form 6-2 behind to 6-5.
Kist becomes only the third player from the Netherlands to lift the world crown, following in the footsteps of Raymond van Barneveld and Jelle Klassen – the last Dutch winner back in 2006. Both sent messages of support before the final. Read more
For full brackets, stats and summary of each match, click here
Russian Anastasia Dobromyslova was crowned champion of the world for a second time after toppling top seed Deta Hedman 2-1.
The 27-year-old had to comeback from losing the opening set against the throw and finished the final with a 90 checkout finished on bull, ending the 46 minute encounter.
The East European practised with men’s quarter finalist Alan Norris ahead of the final, adding the title she won back in 2008.
But for Hedman will be the memory of miscounting in the second set, losing the throwing advantage to the former champ.
Dobromyslova won the race to the double in the first leg, with the throw but suffered final jitters, finally exiting on double five after Hedman powered in 118 to pressure the shot. The Russian had the chance to extend her lead after Hedman missed a bull finish but missed three doubles, the Witham ace shooting out on double nine. Read more
On the eve of the 2012 Lakeside Women’s World Professional Darts Championship, TRINA GULLIVER, the nine times World Champion, has signed a new sponsorship arrangement with 2J’s Travel of Wedmore, Somerset.
Trina now lives in Cheddar and is delighted to be linked with a local travel company:
“I am delighted that 2J’s Travel have decided to support me with my travel costs and I am looking forward to a successful relationship with them. It certainly gives a new meaning to Gulliver’s Travels!”
2J’s Travel is owned and operated by John Wilson and Joseph Rajkovic and specialises in tailor-made travel. The company is celebrating its 10th anniversary – which could be a lucky omen for Trina as she attempts to win her 10th Lakeside crown.
“We have always tried to support the local community and are over the moon and honoured to be associated with an outstanding World Champion like Trina Gulliver”, say John and Joseph.
Trina begins her defence of the title when she plays England team-mate Lisa Ashton on Sunday, January 8th.