- BDO World Championship
Reigning champion Waites crashes out of Lakeside
Reigning champion Scott Waites is out of the BDO World Championship after he suffered a 3-0 defeat to Alan Norris at Frimley Green at Lakeside.
Norris stormed into a two-set lead, averaging over 93 in the second to leave Waites in trouble. And Norris went within one leg of the win after he checked out 81 on the bull.
However, Waites was given a lifeline when Norris failed to have a dart for the win on 84. Waites saved the tie on double 16.
But, the high scoring of Norris continued to give Waites problems, and needing 85 for the win, Norris once again finished on the bull to send the defending champion out of the event.
"I've had a fair few mishaps coming up to Christmas but Alan played awesome on the day," Waites said following the early exit. "I know what sort of game I'm going to get from Alan and I didn't turn up."
Three-time former champion Martin Adams successfully negotiated his preliminary round match against David Cameron with a 3-1 victory, setting up a first round tie with Tony O'Shea.
Wesley Harms easily saw off England's Paul Jennings in straight sets while nine-time women's champion Trina Gulliver was shocked 2-0 by Tamara Schuur in their first round tie.
In the evening session, Madars Razma saw off John Michael 3-2. Michael claimed the first set with a maximum setting up a 13-dart leg for 3-0. However Razma fought back, winning the next two sets 3-2 to move one set away from victory. The third consecutive sent went to a deciding leg but this time it was Michael who triumphed, landing double one to level the match. Razma then clinched the match with an 82 finish on double eight after Michael missed the bull twice.
Michael Meaney made light work of Harley Kemp, taking the match in straight sets. Meaney won the first two sets 3-2 before making a clean sweep in the final set, booking his place in the first round.
Rachel Brooks then lost out 2-0 to Ann Louise Peters, who took both sets 3-1.
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