Day #5 at the 2016 Lakeside World Darts Championships saw 3 Harlequin Icons in action – Glen Durrant, Lorraine Winstanley and Jim Williams, who all played consecutively in the afternoon session live on BBC.
Glen Durrant faced Larry Butler from America, in what pundits anticipated to be a close encounter, despite Duzza’s number one seeding. Back in October it was Larry who knocked Glen out of the 2015 Grand Slam of Darts qualifiers, but Duzza capped of the same week by defeating the ‘The Eagle’ in the 2015 Winmau World Masters Final. Glen started the game at Lakeside in fantastic form, checking out on 141 to win the first leg, before going on to win 8 straight legs. Butler struggled to cope with Durrant’s high scoring and clinical finishing, and the eventual result was a convincing 4-0 victory for Middlesborough’s finest. Glen will face the winner of Harlequin Star Geert De Vos versus Scott Waites.
Next up was Lorraine Winstanley, who had a five day wait before playing her opening game at the competition. However, with plenty of practice and feeling settled at the venue, Lorraine started the game in brilliant style against fellow Yorkshire County player, Rachel Brooks, with husband and fellow Harlequin Icon Dean Winstanley watching on. Missed doubles saw Lorraine lose the first leg, before coming back to take the first set. From there onwards, Lorraine confidently went on to win 2-0, and progress to the next round where she faces Deta Hedman.
In the last game of the afternoon session was Welsh International and WDF World Cup Singles Champion, Jim Williams who was competing in the 2nd round at Lakeside for the first time. Drawn against tough opposition in the form of Netherland’s Wesley Harms, Jim was in for a difficult game to reach the last 8. Wesley took the initiative in the game, but Jim battled to find his high scoring form, and took the lead 3-2. In a classic exciting Lakeside match, Jim unfortunately missed doubles to win the game, before the tide turned once more and Harms sealed the 4-3 victory. Nonetheless, a fantastic effort by Jim Williams who had two very tough games at Lakeside this year and impressed on the big stage – we’re sure it will be another very strong year for the Welshman in 2016.