05 January 2020 08:32
The 423d edition of the BDO World Championships rolls into town in January, as darts fans are treated to another nine days of pure tungsten theatre. Once the PDC World Championship comes to a close on January 1, darts fans only have three days to wait until the BDO World Championship offers another chance to get your fix of tungsten action, Dutchman Wesley Harms enters as the number one seed but he may have to overcome reigning World Masters champion John O'Shea in the first round if he is to have a run this year. Number two seed Jim Williams enters as the odds-on favourite to win his first world title, while two-time world champion Scott Waites - who reached the final last year - can never be overlooked. 14-year-old BDO world youth champion Leighton Bennett plays in the mens draw for the first time but former world champion Scott Mitchell will look to halt the hype train in round one. Three-time world champion Martin Adams, former World Masters champion Adam Smith-Neale and former PDC world championship finalist Andy Hamilton are also in the field.
Meanwhile, in the women's draw defending champion Mikuru Suzuki goes in search of a second successive world title, while Lisa Ashton and Anastasia Dobromyslova will look to add to their world title haul. Channel 4 and BT Sport had originally picked up the baton from the BBC but both stations have since ended their association with the competition after the 2018 tournament. The tournament will be aired across Quest and Eurosport this year, with Eurosport signing a three-year, nine competitions deal with the BDO last year. Dave Parletti 22/1 Martijn Kleermaker 25/1 Preliminary Round - Best of three sets First Round - Best of five sets Second Round - Best of seven sets Quarter-Finals - Best of nine sets Semi-Finals - Best of 11 sets Final - Best of 13 sets (1) Wesley Harms vs Andreas Harrysson/John O'Shea (13) Gary Robson vs Joe Chaney/Ben Hazel (5) Wayne Warren vs Justin Thompson/Scott Williams (12) Andy Hamilton vs Darren Herewini/Simon Stainton (15) Ryan Hogarth vs Thibault Tricole/Ross Montgomery (10) Adam Smith-Neale vs Paul Hogan/Brian Raman (3) Richard Veenstra vs Gabriel Pascaru/Justin Hood (14) David Evans vs Nick Fullwell/David Cameron Justin Thompson v Scott Williams (R1) Dave Parletti v Chris Landman (R2) Beau Greaves v Trina Gulliver (R1 women) Aileen de Graaf v Kirsty Hutchinson (R1 women) Willem Mandigers v Michael Unterbuchner (R2) Deta Hedman v Laura Turner (R1 women) David Cameron v Nick Fullwell (R1) Mikuru Suzuki v Maria O'Brien (R1 women) Scott Waites v Martin Adams (R2) Adam Smith-Neale v Hogan/Raman (R2) Anastasia Dobromyslova v Sharon Prins (R1 women) Scott Mitchell v Leighton Bennett (R2) Afternoon session (from 1pm) Lorraine Winstanley v Casey Gallagher