Harlequin Teamwear Icon’s Anastasia Dobromyslova, Glen Durrant, Jim Williams and Alan Soutar were in action on the opening day at the 2016 Lakeside World Championships in front of a sell-out capacity crowd in Frimley Green.
The opening game of the tournament saw Welsh International and WDF World Cup Singles Champion, Jim Williams facing a very tough opposition in the form of 3-time Lakeside finalist Tony O’Shea. Despite a battling performance, with all sets going to the fifth and final leg, Jim came out 3-0 winner on the afternoon, meaning the BDO World Number 10 progresses to the 2nd round of the competition for the first time.
Next up was Alan Soutar in the preliminary round, against New Zealand’s Craig Caldwell. Scotland International, ‘Soots’ as he is affectionately known, qualified through the Lakeside Qualifiers back in October, took the lead 1-0 in sets, but Craig battled back to win 3-1 and reach the first round. It was fantastic to see Alan’s family and friends wearing their matching ‘Tartan Army’ Harlequin shirts in the crowd during the afternoon.
Anastasia took to the stage in the evening session in what all BDO Darts fans knew would be a tough test against Anca Zijlstra of Holland. Although 3-time World Champion, Anastasia was the favourite going into the game, it was Anca who was the eventual 2-1 winner, with Harlequin Teamwear’s Russian Star ruing missed opportunities to win the match.
The final game of the evening saw last year’s Semi Finalist and BDO World Number 1, Glen Durrant take to the stage. Middlesborough’s ‘Duzza’ had a difficult draw, in the form of emerging talent Dean Reynolds from Wales. Glen was pushed on a number of occasions throughout the game, but went on to win 3-0 and make the 2nd round of the competition.
We are delighted to see Harlequin Stars Jim Williams and Glen Durrant progress on the opening day at Lakeside, and will keep you updated when their second round ties are decided.
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