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Lakeside 2016 : Mens Championship Match Reports - Day 1
Jim Williams (27.77) 3 - 0 (27.37) Tony O'Shea
Williams, seeded 12th for the tournament, cruised to a 3-0 victory over the three-time Lakeside finalist O’Shea. The opening set was a relatively scrappy affair, with both men understandably feeling the pressure of opening the event. Nevertheless, the Welshman clinched it with a clinical 66 checkout.

The second set was another evenly-matched affair, but Williams, who reached the semi-finals of the Zuiderduin Masters last month, once again held his nerve in a decisive fifth leg, capitalising on an indifferent scoring leg from ‘Silverback’ to extend his advantage to 2-0 in sets. 

Williams grew in confidence from this juncture, and sealed his serene progression into the second-round with a magnificent 140 finish. This is O’Shea’s third successive first-round exit at Frimley Green, but Tony will no doubt be determined to bounce back next year.

Craig Caldwell (30.40) 3 - 1 (29.67) Alan Soutar
Craig Caldwell will meet reigning World Champion Scott Mitchell in the first-round, after the 32-year-old Kiwi produced an excellent display in beating Scotland’s Alan Soutar in Saturday afternoon’s preliminary tie.

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Soutar claimed the spoils in a competitive first-set, averaging 95.13, but Caldwell responded impressively, winning the second set without reply.  Caldwell, making his World Championship debut, looked extremely assured, and reeled off the next two sets to secure an excellent 3-1 victory, with an average in excess of 91.

Darryl Fitton (30.00) 2 - 3 (28.48) Dennis Harbour
Seventh seed Darryl Fitton was edged out in an enthralling sudden death-leg by the unseeded Dennis Harbour, after ‘The Dazzler’ had earlier missed five match darts. Fitton, a two-time Lakeside semi-finalist, joined his fellow Stockport star in departing the tournament prematurely, but Harbour deserves immense credit for a fine fightback.

Fitton won a hard-fought first set in a fifth and decisive leg, before Harbour delivered an instant riposte, winning the second set without reply. Daryl regained the advantage, winning the third set courtesy of a fantastic 114 finish. Nevertheless, Harbour restored parity in the contest once again, to force a dramatic fifth set, the first of this year’s tournament.

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The momentum shifted throughout, and Fitton had multiple chances to secure victory. After missing the bull for an 86 checkout in the tenth leg of the fifth set, the contest went to a pulsating sudden-death leg. Harbour secured the advantage of throw, and produced an inspired leg under considerable pressure. 

The 54-year-old from Peterborough, left D12 after just 12 darts, and pinned D6 with his final dart in hand to secure a memorable victory, to reach the second-round at Lakeside for only the second time in his career. He progressed to the last 16 in 2003, and he will be aiming to go one better when he faces either Martin Phillips, David Cameron, or Ted Hankey in his next match.

Larry Butler (27.85) 3 - 2 (26.15) James Hurrell
Larry Butler will face Dutch youngster Ryan de Vreede on Monday evening at the Lakeside, after the experienced American defied a valiant comeback from James Hurrell to prevail 3-2 in an exciting preliminary clash.

Butler kicked off proceedings with a delightful 104 checkout to break the throw, but he was unable to sustain this clinical finishing throughout the set. Both men missed key doubles, but the veteran American clinched the set in a fifth and deciding leg, pinning D18 to break Hurrell’s throw.

The second set was a procession for the Winmau World Masters finalist, who converted 101, his second ton-plus of the contest, to edge ahead in the set. Butler followed this up with a clinical 80 checkout, before claiming the set without reply, courtesy of D5.

However, Hurrell responded impressively after the interval. He confidently took out 74 to open his account in set three, before breaking Butler’s throw with a 14-dart leg. Butler broke back instantly, although Hurrell wasn’t deterred, and bounced back by hitting D4 to reduce the arrears to 2-1.

The 58-year-old American appeared in command of the fourth set, but Hurrell displayed tremendous tenacity to fightback and force a deciding set, by converting a nerveless 95 finish in the fifth leg of the fourth set.

Despite this, Butler has experience in abundance, and he demonstrated this to great effect in a nail-biting final set. He established a commanding lead in the set with clinical 82 and 56 finishes, but Hurrell posted D20 to retain hope. Nevertheless, Butler wasn’t to be denied, as he posted D20 to seal his first ever victory on the Lakeside stage.

Matthew Medhurst (27.27) 0 - 3 (30.53) Jeff Smith 
Jeff Smith, who reached the semi-finals of last year’s World Championships, will take on three-time World Champion Martin Adams in a tasty looking first-round tie, after the Canadian eased past Matthew Medhurst with a comprehensive 3-0 victory in the preliminary round.

Smith looked confident throughout, dropping just two legs en route to victory. He claimed the first set without reply; clinching it with a cool 96 checkout. Medhurst was yet to have a shot at a double, although he was far more competitive in the second set. Nevertheless, the Canadian claimed the set by three legs to one, to continue his charge.

The first three legs of the third set all went with throw, before Medhurst wired D12 for a 98 finish, which would have forced a fifth and deciding leg in the set. Smith capitalised on this reprieve, posting a spectacular 130 finish on the bull to seal a fine victory.

Glen Durrant (29.89) 3 - 0 (27.21) Dean Reynolds
World number 1 Glen Durrant began his World Championship campaign with a comprehensive straight-sets victory over exciting youngster Dean Reynolds on the opening night of action at the World Championships at Lakeside.

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The young Welshman acquitted himself excellently on his Lakeside debut, although Glen’s experience paid dividends, as he produced the goods in the crucial moments.

Durrant, who has won both the World Masters and Zuiderduin Masters in the last few months, posted D14 to clinch the opening leg, before following this up with a clinical 56 kill. 

Nevertheless, Duzza uncharacteristically missed five set darts in the third leg, which saw Reynolds open his account on D5. The Cardiff ace, roared on by his passionate supporters, then converted D8 for a 15-darter to force a fifth and deciding leg in the opening set.

However, Durrant illustrated why he is the number one seed for this event, producing a fantastic leg on throw. He kicked off the decider with scores of 140, followed by 180, before producing a nerveless 76 finish for a 12-darter to secure the first set.

Reynolds was unperturbed however, as he hit D9 to open his account in set two. The Welshman was gradually growing in confidence, and he posted a stunning 177 to leave D18 after 12 darts. Durrant failed to take out 84, but Reynolds squandered three clear darts at D18, and he was ruthlessly punished by Glen, who converted D3 to level up the set.

Reynolds endured further double-trouble in the third leg, but he posted D2 at the fifth time of asking, following a dominant scoring leg. Despite this, Durrant forced another fifth and deciding leg in the set, with an 81 finish.

In the most important leg of the contest, Durrant wired D11 for a majestic 142 finish which would have clinched the set. This afforded Reynolds a chance to take out 73 and restore parity, but his solitary dart at D20 was pulled, and the World Number 1 held his nerve on D11 to extend his advantage.

Durrant emerged from the interval purposefully, posting a timely maximum before pinning D16 to claim an early lead in the third set. Reynolds was unable to take out 65 just moments later, enabling the Tee-sider to convert D5 and move to the cusp of victory. ‘Duzza’ was in complete command at this point, and sealed his straight sets progression by hitting D20 for a 58 checkout.

After his victory, Glen admitted his relief at overcoming the tough first-round hurdle. He said: “Dean Reynolds is a fantastic player. That young boy will go on to big things, and I’m over the moon to get past him today. “

Glen admitted that he felt considerable pressure heading into this evening’s game, adding: “I was very nervous tonight, maybe that’s something I need to work on. I never ever felt 100%, but I’m just so happy to get through. I feel like I can kick on from now.”
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On hols at the moment. Hoping my 22g ones are waiting for me at home.

Darts: Harrows Glen Durrant Duzza Series 2 24g, short Harrows Supergrip shafts, Harrows flights (Marathon/Retina/Optix/Rapide) 

Best 501: 13 darts (League), 14 darts (Pro Darter)

Best Checkout: 154 (League), 160 (Pro Darter)

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