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Scotty 2 Hotty advances in BDO World Championship
The No. 2 seed at the BDO World Championship, Scott Waites, announced his arrival in the competition on Sunday, safely progressing to the second round with victory against Andy Boulton.
Waites witnessed tournament favourite Martin Adams make a sluggish start to the defence of his title on Saturday. Adams eventually won 3-0, but for the opening two sets he was far from his best.
It was therefore important that Waites did not show chinks in his own armour, and despite dropping a set to Boulton he was always in control en route to a 3-1 victory. Winner of the 2011 World Masters, Waites has experience of winning big tournaments, and he registered the biggest checkout of the tournament - 156 - to highlight his quality.
The day had started with a bang as seventh seed John Walton was beaten 3-1 by Martin Atkins. Walton, the 2001 winner, never settled into his game and simply lacked the clinical edge of his counterpart, who cruised through quite comfortably in a 44-minute clinic.
Another shock arrived in the evening session, with sixth seed and last year's semi-finalist Jan Dekker beaten in the game of the tournament to date by Christian Kist. Having taken a two-set lead, Kist then allowed Dekker to level when he missed a 48 checkout, but he held his nerve to win the decider for a 3-2 victory.
The mind games began early from fan favourite Ted Hankey in his 3-2 victory over Clive Barden, whom Hankey quickly realised did not want to throw first as they both aimed for the bull to decide the order of play. Barden confessed he did not fancy first shot, so Hankey forced him by deliberately aiming wide of the bull.
The move clearly worked when the 15th seed took the first set, and then doubled that lead when taking out 120. However, he then lost concentration to allow Barden to restore parity at 2-2, but Hankey always seemed to be operating in first gear and so it proved when he closed out the deciding set in comfortable fashion.
There were no such troubles for No. 10 seed Willy van Wiel, who overcame Dave Prins 3-0. The Dutchman appeared to be in fine form in his opening match and may be one to watch as the tournament progresses.
Elsewhere, Paul Jennings, seeded 12th in the draw, defeated Garry Thompson 3-1 on debut. The highlight of Jennings' performance came at the climax of the first set, when he hit bull to move into a lead that he never relinquished.
And Wesley Harms nervously negotiated his way past Martin Phillips, winning 3-1 in the final match of the day despite a catalogue of missed doubles.