Report – Jim Williams Vs Scott Mitchell
In a marathon contest, Jim Williams defeated Scott Mitchell to reach his first Lakeside semi-final. The animated Williams pressurised the Dorset thrower throughout the contest but could never quite fight off the resilient ‘Scotty Dog’ as he stuck with him throughout.
The Welshman would overturn a 2-0 deficit to take the first set, and the following three sets would follow a similar pattern, all three going all the way to a decider with the player who started the set emerging victor. The crucial moment would come in the eighth set as Williams broke away, a 79-check-out doing the job as he seized the advantage.
As Williams held a 2-1 lead in the pivotal set, Mitchell nearly cracked in the shot of the tournament. Two treble twenties and a narrowly missed dart at tops giving the 32-year-old the chance to seal the deal. Williams obliged, taking out 64 on double 16 to reach his first ever Lakeside semi-final.
Results – Friday 11th January
Michael Unterbuchner 5 – 4 Willem Mandigers
Maria O’Brien 0 – 2 Mikuru Suzuki
Conan Whitehead 3 – 5 Scott Waites
Lorraine Winstanley 2 – 1 Anastasia Dobromyslova
Kyle McKinstry 2-5 Glen Durrant
Jim Williams 5-3 Scott Mitchell
Schedule – Saturday 12th January – matches commence on Eurosport and Quest at 2.30pm
Mikuru Suzuki v Lorraine Winstanley
Scott Waites v Michael Unterbuchner
Scott Waites v Jim Williams