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Jan Dekker & Dean Winstanley reach Lakeside semi-finals

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

Comeback kid Dekker uses all nine lives at the Lakeside

Comeback kid Dekker uses all nine lives at Lakeside

Dutchman Jan Dekker produced a stunning comeback to dump Garry Thompson out of the BDO World Championships, winning a classic battle 5-4 at Lakeside.

Dekker went 3-0 down to the 10th seed before fighting back to level the match at 4-4. The 20-year-old then clinched victory after a thrilling deciding set.

"I can't believe I have make it this far," said Dekker, moments after victory. "It's unbelievable."

Dekker will face Yorkshireman Dean Winstanley in Saturday's semi-finals.

Dekker was in danger of being thrashed by Thompson, who sailed into a 3-0 lead with relative ease, and was only denied a 4-0 advantage after a superb 110 checkout helped the student from Drenthe, making it 3-1 at the interval.

That turned out to be a key set for Dekker, who won the fifth set to make it 3-2, before Thompson re-established a two-set cushion with a show-stopping 152 checkout, finishing on double 16.

But Dekker held his nerve to edge the sixth and seventh sets before sweeping to victory in the deciding set, completed on double four.

Dean Winstanley beats sorry Stephen Bunting at Lakeside

Winstanley batters sorry Bunting

Third seed Winstanley hammered Stephen 'The Bullet' Bunting 5-1 in a thoroughly one-sided affair.

"Reaching the semi-final on my debut means I must be doing something right," said Winstanley. "It is all about becoming world champion, that would be incredible."

Bunting powered in nine 180s during the 68-minute clash, including three in the opening set, but was made to pay for a series of missed doubles.

The Liverpudlian missed two attempts for double 15 for a 90 finish, allowing Winstanley to find double 11 with one dart.

Although Bunting won the second set to level the score at 1-1, Winstanley was always in control and accelerated into a 4-1 lead courtesy of an 11-dart finish.

Both hit maximums in the final set, a 140 from Winstanley leaving him 81. He hit treble 19 but missed double 12 and then double six, Bunting failing to clinch a match-saving double 18 for 66.

The Yorkshireman missed with his first two attempts for double six, but grabbed his semi-final place with his third dart.


In the women's BDO final, Trina Gulliver made it a record nine World Championship wins with a 2-0 victory over Wales' Rhian Edwards.

Gulliver, who dedicated her victory to her poorly mother, takes home the top prize of £10,000.

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