Number one seed Lorraine Winstanley progressed to the semi-finals with a straight-sets victory over ten-time champion Trina Gulliver MBE. The former World Trophy winner hadn’t made the semi-final stage of the World Championships since 2012, but she will now return on Friday for one of the biggest matches of her career.
Three breaks in the first three legs set the tone for a topsy-turvy contest, with Winstanley eventually holding in the fourth leg of the match as she took the opening set. She would be run all the way in the second set of the match. Gulliver smashing in a second 180 of the match, but a 124 checkout stealing the leg for Winstanley. ‘The Golden Girl’ would resurrect her chances from 2-0 down, making it 2-2, but ultimately Winstanley would hold her nerve, nailing to outer ring to take the match in just two sets.
Kyle McKinstry defeated Canada’s David Cameron in a gruelling battle, as the second match of the evening went the full seven sets on the Lakeside stage. McKinstry had initially held a two-set advantage before a remarkable comeback from Cameron gave him a lead. But the Northern Irishman would find he feet once again at the perfect time, reeling off four straight legs to progress to the quarter-final stage.
‘The Village Man’ averaged 94 as he stormed the opening set, and a 75 checkout along with some further heavy scoring doubled his cushion. But ‘The Excalibur’ wasn’t down and out just yet. He would take seven of the next nine legs, upping his consistency in the treble bed to give him the lead.
A clinical sixth set would square things up for McKinstry, checkouts of 86, 78 and then tops, sending the match to a decider. McKinstry would recapture his form from earlier in the match as he took the final set 3-0, ending what has been a superb tournament for David Cameron. McKinstry will now take to the stage on Friday evening to contest his first-ever Lakeside quarter-final.
Three-time former women’s champion Anastasia Dobromyslova sailed through to the semi-finals with a straight-sets victory over Aileen de Graaf. The Russian was runner-up to Lisa Ashton in 2018 but will be looking to go one step further and seal the fourth BDO Women’s World Championship title of her career.
She began the match in fantastic form, taking the opening set with a spectacular 85 average, despite de Graaf getting a leg on the board. The second set wouldn’t quite be plain sailing for Dobromyslova either, a second 180 giving her a cushion, but de Graaf held on with every visit. After a spell of pressure from the Dutch number one, the three-time champion would nail the double to set up a tie with Lorraine Winstanley in the semi-finals. The two entered the tournament as number one and number five seed respectively, so expect some excellent arrows come Friday evening.
Glen Durrant continued his quest for a third consecutive BDO World Championship crown as he took on Wolverhampton’s Scott Baker in the final match of the evening. ‘Duzza’ was unable with his performance in the previous round but saw plenty of improvement in his win over ‘The Mod’.
Durrant raced into a three-set advantage and it appeared that the game was over, averaging just shy of a ton as Baker struggled to get a grip. Some terrific clutch doubling would see Baker reduce the deficit, but the game was far from over.
A spectacular 140 checkout from ‘The Mod’ levelled proceedings after Durrant had struggled on the treble 20 segment. Durrant would recollect himself to take out a pivotal 84 on the bullseye and more importantly break the Baker throw. After a simple hold of throw, Durrant broke once again, a maximum setting up double 12 as he pounced to set up a mouth-watering tie with Kyle McKinstry in the quarter-finals.
Results – Evening session 10th January
Lorraine Winstanley 2-0 Trina Gulliver MBE
Kyle McKinstry 4-3 David Cameron
Anastasia Dobromyslova 2-0 Aileen de Graaf
Glen Durrant 4-3 Scott Baker