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Dean Winstanley marches into quarter-finals at Lakeside

BDO World Darts Championship
Venue:
Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey Dates: 1-9 January
Coverage: Live on BBC Two, BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website

Dean Winstanley and Brian Woods

'Scotty too hotty' and 'Kong' crash out at BDO darts

Englishman Dean Winstanley booked his place in the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championships at Lakeside with a 4-1 victory over Robbie "Kong" Green.

Winstanley finished with a 116 checkout but admitted he would need to brush up on his maths after miscalculating what score he needed more than once.

"I've got to sort my finishing out, and sort out my calculations," Winstanley, the third seed, told BBC Sport.

"I think it was just a memory block, a simple mistake. I did it three times."

Father-of-five Winstanley fired in two maximums and despite twice miscounting, laughed off his mistakes to take the opening set 3-1.

Twice 14th seed Green trailed in the next, taking it into a deciding fifth leg after producing a pressure 68 checkout finished on double four. Both players suffered a spell of 'double trouble' before Winstanley drove his dart into the set-winning double 10 for a 2-0 match lead.

Green took the opening leg of the third set with the darts with a single dart for double 18 and went on to clinch the set 3-1 but only after both players missed a combined total of more than 20 doubles as nerves crept into the match.

The darts went with the throw in the fourth set despite an impressive 127 checkout finished on bull from Green, as Winstanley stepped in to extend his match lead to 3-1 with a two-dart 60 finish, completed on double tops.

Green defended his throw in the opening leg of the next set after the Doncaster darter missed double tops for a 54 checkout, but he made amends in the next, finishing off 80 on double 20. Despite a maximum from Green, the Yorkshireman edged 2-1 in front with double eight.

Another 180 followed in the next leg from Green but it was not going to stop rampant Winstanley who unleashed a match-winning 116 finish on double 18.

"That was my biggest win in darts and I beat one of the best players in the world but to be honest he did not play as well he can," added Winstanley.

Earlier Garry Thompson marched defiantly into the last eight after fending off a determined challenge from Alan "Chuck" Norris to win 4-2 in a 48-minute encounter.

The 10th seed surged into the match, taking the first seven legs unchallenged, only to see the Somerset-born Norris, who now lives in Scotland, annex the next five.

But Thompson recovered and clinched his quarter-final match with exciting Dutchman Jan Dekker with a brilliant 12-darter (180, 137, 140, 44 game shot).

The victorious Yorkshireman said: "I thought I played really well in the first two sets, Alan was nowhere and then he came back and I was really struggling.

"I really went for it in the last leg and it was probably my best darts of the match."

Later, Stephen Bunting turned in a fine performance over Halifax carpenter Scott Waites, winning 4-2 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time, where he will face Winstanley.

The 25-year-old St Helens sharpshooter recovered from losing the opening set to topple the sixth seed in 61 minutes.

"Ever since I started watching darts at the age of 11, I have dreamt of being crowned world champion," said Bunting.

"This year I feel confident and came with the intention of doing well, and I do believe I can win the title. Previously I have come to Lakeside and just been glad to be here; this year I have been a lot more confident and determined.

"A load of friends and my family got me through that one and I think my approach to the game and my walk-on helped to get some of the neutral fans on my side."

Waites blamed the high temperatures on stage [recorded at 40 degrees] for his erratic performance.

"My darts kept slipping even though I put wax on the barrels, this made it worse. The more I gripped and pushed the darts the worse I did," said Waites.

"Stephen played well all game. I had my chances and missed loads but it was unbelievably hot up on stage."



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