Lakeside 2016 : Womens Championship Match Reports - Day 6
Ann-Louise Peters 2-1 Zoe Jones
Ann-Louise Peters produced an exhibition of finishing as she overcame seventh seed Zoe Jones, to prevail in an enthralling women’s quarter-final clash at the Lakeside on Thursday afternoon. 

Peters, the current Swiss open Champion, reached the World Championship semi-finals in 2014, but will be hoping to better this when she faces either Lorraine Winstanley or Deta Hedman in the last four.

The opening set was a closely-fought affair. Peters had the advantage of throw and made an assured start, posting her first maximum and pinning D16 for a 19-dart hold. However, Jones drew level immediately, delivering back-to-back 140’s and converting a fine 78 finish on D6 for a 15-darter.

The Danish number one responded well, completing a clinical 67 checkout on D8 to reclaim the initiative, but ‘The Pink Panther’ forced a deciding leg in the set, after holding her nerve to hit D9 for a crucial 46 kill.

The pair exchanged 140’s in the fifth leg and both left two-dart finishes after 15 darts. However, the advantage of throw proved pivotal for Peters, who produced a fantastic 82 finish to clinch the set. It was a tremendous checkout, as she recovered from hitting the single 11 with her first dart, to pin T17 followed by D10.

Peters made a strong start to the second set, and fashioned out a wonderful break opportunity, leaving D16 after 15 darts, with Jones adrift on 136. However, Ann-Louise squandered three clear darts at D16, and Jones exploited this major reprieve, pinning D20 with her first dart for a valuable hold.

However, the 40-year-old from Esbjerg was unperturbed, holding throw emphatically to maintain the pressure on Jones. Peters posted another 140 and converted D20 for a 16-darter. The ‘Danish Diamond’ was beginning to dominate the scoring stakes and moved towards the cusp of victory with a sparkling 140 checkout to break the seventh seed.

Nevertheless, with Ann-Louise throwing for a semi-final place, her scoring power momentarily evaded her. She struggled to find the requisite trebles, which enabled Zoe to break back instantly via D2, to force another decisive fifth leg. 

On this occasion Jones had the advantage of throw, and despite missing four darts at double, the 23-year-old eventually posted D4 to level up proceedings at one-apiece.

Peters recovered from this setback impressively, kicking off the third set with successive 140’s, before pinning D15 for a comfortable 17-dart hold. 

Both ladies scored rather scrappily in the second leg, but Ann-Louise produced another breath-taking checkout, converting a majestic 160 finish to extend her advantage in the set. Incidentally, this is the highest ever checkout in the history of the Women’s World Championship and the context of the outshot makes it even more impressive.

Yet, Jones had an opportunity to break back instantly and prolong the contest by taking out 80. Zoe pinned T20 with her first dart, but spurned two darts at D10, affording Peters a chance to take out D10 to seal her progression. 

Her first dart at D10 was waywardly directed in the single 6 bed, but she rectified matters superbly to hit D7 and clinch the third and decisive set without reply. 


Trina Gulliver MBE 2-1 Lisa Ashton
Trina Gulliver’s hopes of winning a tenth World Championship title are still alive, as she dumped out reigning Champion Lisa Ashton in a fierce battle at Lakeside on Thursday afternoon. 

Ashton scored well in the early stages, but she posted just 4 doubles from 42 attempts, as she succumbed to her first defeat at Frimley Green since 2013.

Ashton monopolised the first leg, but squandered eight darts at double, allowing Trina to step in and convert D10 with her final dart in hand, for a valuable break. 

Ashton scored well in the second leg, posting two 140’s, but her profligacy again proved costly. The reigning Champion missed a further five darts at double, enabling Gulliver to extend her advantage with a 46 checkout, culminating on D10.

The third leg followed a very similar pattern. Lisa controlled the vast majority of the leg in the scoring stakes, but she simply couldn’t find a double, and for the third leg in succession, the 9-time World Champion hit D10, to clinch the opening set without reply.

Trina was beginning to grow in confidence and she produced her best leg of the contest to win her fourth successive leg, pinning D20 for a 16-darter. Nevertheless, Ashton finally stopped the rot in the second leg, opening her account on D20 for a 19-dart leg, with her 20th dart at double!

The third leg was a huge turning point. Trina had the darts to move a leg away from another Lakeside semi-final, but the pair, overcome with nerves, missed a multitude of darts at double. Ashton eventually clinched the leg in 32 darts, but it was a valuable break of throw.

Ashton was throwing to restore parity in the contest, and after Gulliver missed D19 for a 115 checkout, the Lancashire ace took out 56 with her final dart at D20, to force a third and decisive set. The momentum was with Lisa, however Gulliver responded very well to the disappointment of being pegged back.

‘The Golden Girl’ posted her first maximum on the Lakeside stage since 2012 to gain command of the leg, and she pinned D10 with minimum fuss to break throw. The second leg was a tentative affair; Trina squandered four darts at double to extend her lead, but after Ashton failed to take out 55, Gulliver hit D5 to move to the brink.

Ashton’s double woes continued in the third leg; yet she was handed a significant reprieve as Trina missed three match darts, at D20 and D16 respectively. With her 40th dart at double, Lisa pegged D1 with her last dart in hand, to remain in contention.

Trina missed D14 for a 108 checkout that would have sealed victory, before missing a further three darts at D14 and D7 respectively. 

Ashton required 64 to force a tie-break, but despite hitting T16 with consummate ease, she spurned both darts at D8. Trina composed herself, before pinning D7 to reach her 14th semi-final at Lakeside, which is a remarkable achievement.


Aileen de Graaf 2-1 Anca Zijlstra
Aileen De Graaf progressed to her first ever World Championship semi-final, after prevailing 2-1 in a nerve-jangling all-Dutch clash against Anca Zijlstra on Thursday night at the Lakeside. De Graaf dominated the vast majority of the match, but squandered ten match darts at various stages of the tie.

De Graaf made an impressive start to the contest, clinching the opening set without reply. Aileen broke Zijlstra’s throw in the opening leg, pinning D10 for a 20-dart leg. 

The fourth seed extended her advantage moments later, following up a fine visit of 136 by converting D14 for a 19-dart hold. The third leg was rather error-strewn. 

Zijlstra seemed poised to open her account to prolong the set, but after the Lakeside debutant missed two darts at double for a 51 kill, De Graaf illustrated her class, completing a fantastic 120 ‘Shanghai’ checkout to secure the opening set.

Aileen’s dominance continued in the early stages of the second set, as she sealed her fourth leg in succession, with a comfortable 18-dart hold; courtesy of a regulation 58 checkout. 

Ziljstra missed D18 for a 110 checkout in the following leg, but she was handed a rare reprieve as her younger compatriot missed D4 for a 72 finish.  Zijlstra’s doubling was unconvincing, but she registered on the scoreboard courtesy of hitting D1.

De Graaf completely dominated the third leg and despite busting her attempt at D6 by hitting a single 13, she returned to complete the leg in 19-darts, to move towards the cusp of a semi-final spot. 

The World Masters holder wired D9 for a 98 checkout, which would have sealed victory, but she was handed further opportunities as Zijlstra pulled a dart at D18 for a 93 finish, which would have preserved Anca’s hopes. 

However, De Graaf momentarily lost her composure and missed a further two match darts on D4 and D2. Zijlstra gratefully accepted this reprieve, posting D9 to force a fifth and deciding leg in the set.

The 25-year-old Dutch ace had the advantage of throwing for the match and appeared in total command after posting a timely 140.

Nevertheless, out of nowhere, Zijlstra recorded her first maximum, before producing an inspired 82 finish culminating on the bull; despite the bullseye target being obscured by a dart in the single 19. Suddenly, this match was into a deciding set.

De Graaf was clearly baffled, as she was completely outscoring and outplaying her fellow countrywoman, but Zijlstra was displaying tremendous tenacity, by taking full advantage of any opportunities she was presented with.

However, the World Number four responded strongly to the disappointment of being pegged back, winning the opening two legs of the third set with consummate ease, in 19 and 20 darts respectively. 

She produced a strong leg against throw to close in on victory, leaving 76 after 12 darts, before she suffered an extraordinary capitulation. 

She bust 76 when hitting S16 going for D8, before missing a further six match darts. Anca seemed slightly bemused by her opponent’s profligacy, but remained in contention with an excellent 79 checkout.

Aileen again had the opportunity to throw for the match, but on this occasion, she made no mistake. She took a regulation 51 checkout via D20 for a 20-dart leg, to seal her place in the last four with her eleventh match dart. 

This marks Aileen’s first ever appearance in a Lakeside semi-final, and despite her finishing line nerves, she will be confident of securing a maiden World title, particularly given the surprise departures of Ashton, Sherrock and Dobromyslova.


Lorraine Winstanley 0-2 Deta Hedman
Deta Hedman remains on course to win a maiden World Championship title, after securing a fine straight-sets victory over Lorraine Winstanley on Thursday night at the Lakeside. Hedman dropped just one leg, as she demonstrated her trademark ruthless finishing, in defeating her close friend.

Hedman secured the opening set without reply, although it was far more evenly-contested than the score- line suggests, as Winstanley had shots at double in all three legs. 

Hedman had the advantage of throw, but Lorraine missed D12 for a terrific 138 checkout. Hedman appeared unperturbed by this near miss, and returned to convert 56 in two-darts on D20 to edge ahead.

Lorraine missed the bullseye for an 86 checkout to draw level, but she was afforded another opportunity as Hedman didn’t threaten a 113 finish. Nevertheless, the sixth seed missed a further two darts at D16, enabling Deta to extend her advantage on D10.

Hedman, the winner of 13 ranking titles in 2015, was in complete command of the third leg and appeared destined to seal the set without reply, but Winstanley almost reduced the arrears, missing D18 for a magnificent 156 checkout. However, Deta returned to post D10 for a 20-dart hold, to move 1-0 ahead.

Winstanley had the throw in the second set and opened her account in stunning style, with a brilliant exhibition-style 100 finish; culminating with two D20s. However, Hedman responded impressively, nailing D9 for a 14-darter to level up proceedings.

‘The Dark Destoyer’ followed up this fine 14-darter with another excellent scoring leg, leaving 101 after just 12 darts. She was unable to convert this ton-plus, but after Winstanley missed the bullseye for a 121 kill, Hedman returned to pin D5 with her last dart, to move to the cusp of victory.

Hedman was throwing well and left herself on 64 to secure her straight-sets passage to the semi-finals. She wired match darts at D8 and D4 respectively, but Winstanley was unable to secure the requisite trebles to threaten a 117 finish, and Hedman returned to seal the win on D4 in 19 darts.

It was a professional performance from the 55-year-old. She averaged 80.28 and was very efficient on the doubles. Lorraine couldn’t quite replicate the scoring prowess she showcased against Rachel Brooks yesterday, but her solid performance merited a greater reward. 

Hedman has won an astonishing 91 ranking titles throughout her illustrious career, but thus far, the Lakeside crown has eluded her. Nevertheless, with the likes of Ashton, Sherrock and Dobromyslova all out, Deta is the highest seed remaining in the competition; she’ll be quietly confident of breaking her duck at Frimley Green in 2016.
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